The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri-Columbia has released its much-anticipated 2011 projections for sugar supplies and sugar-to-ethanol use. Bottom line, the numbers should be a big plus for sugar policy as lawmakers start to wrestle with the 2012 Farm Bill.
Additional good news is that our nation's sugar policy has cost nothing. Freshman House Member Jeff Landry, R-La., says it helps farmers without direct subsidies coming from the government, so these types of programs fare a lot better. Landry also said he plans to be a champion for sugar policy's continuation and will make sure fellow budget hawks in the freshman class are aware of sugar's positive story.
Landry's pledge is just the latest in a string of good news for sugar policy, which has been publicly backed in recent months by the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Farmers Union, numerous foreign sugar producers, and other key congressional members.