Cost to Taxpayers = Government Intrusion and Restrictions
No other current U.S. farm program imposes government controls on how much of a commodity can legally be sold. The government controls domestic production by giving each sugar processor an “allotment”—it is illegal for the processor to sell more than that amount of sugar, regardless of supply and demand conditions.
Taxpayer costs rose to nearly $300 million in fiscal year 2013 because of the U.S. sugar program, and the Congressional Budget Office forecasts $115 million in future sugar program taxpayer expenses over the next 10 years.
Learn more about government intrusion on U.S. sugar policy here.