The U.S. sugar program puts a heavy burden on small, family-owned businesses that are the backbone of our economy and key drivers of growth. For years Congress has missed opportunities to reform the sugar subsidy program. Despite numerous hearings and a protracted public debate on various aspects of our nation’s agriculture policy, the sugar program is the only commodity program that has gone untouched by federal lawmakers.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the sugar program has killed about 123,000 jobs between 1997 and 2015. It’s time to make food policy in this country work for the companies that create good-paying jobs in American manufacturing.