Coalition for Sugar Reform to Sugarbeet Growers Association: “Welcome To Washington!”
WASHINGTON, DC (February 3, 2018) – The Coalition for Sugar Reform today issued the following statement, welcoming the American Sugarbeet Growers Association (ASGA) to Washington, DC, this upcoming week, as representatives from the organization head to Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers:
We hope that ASGA is as excited to be in town as we are to have them visit, as the conversation around the 2018 Farm Bill begins to unfold and sensible solutions to outdated and outrageous policies like the U.S. sugar program are discussed.
This week’s visit by ASGA provides them with an opportunity to support a simple solution that is modest in scope and doesn’t abolish the program or hurt farmers. Modernizing the sugar program would provide relief to food manufacturers that are forced to pay twice as much for sugar as the rest of the world, which puts American businesses at a competitive disadvantage when it comes to creating jobs.
The Sugar Policy Modernization Act (H.R. 4265/S. 2086) is a spoonful of fairness that creates an adequate supply of sugar based on a reasonable competitive approach that reaches from the farm to the retail shelf – without risking an appropriate safety net for farmers.
The sugar program is the only commodity subsidy program that has not been modernized in the past 80 years. It’s time for ASGA and Congress to say “yes” to fairness, “yes” to competitiveness and “yes” to protecting and creating American jobs.
To learn more about the Coalition for Sugar Reform and the need for sugar reform, please visit SugarReform.org.
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About the Coalition for Sugar Reform
The Coalition for Sugar Reform is a broad-based group of food and beverage manufacturers, trade associations, environmental advocates, taxpayer watchdog organizations, responsible government advocates, think tanks and other organizations. The group is led by the National Confectioners Association and the Sweetener Users Association, which count among their membership the hundreds of American companies that use sugar as an ingredient in the products they make.