Sugar Users and Producers Debate US Sugar Program

Sugar producers and sweetener users at the International Sweetener Colloquium in Orlando this week sparred over the impact, success and future of the U.S. sugar program, with such debate likely to intensify as the U.S. farm bill moves closer to markup sometime this year. Food Business News, Feb. 16, 2018 “I’m not sure sugar producers have a God-given right to stay in business,” said Bill O'Conner, a former House Agriculture Committee staff director who is with the Watkinson & Miller law firm and a consultant to the users. Mr. O’Conner added that sugar users wanted to reform the sugar program to make it more like other commodities, not eliminate it. That bill, which the users hope will be off

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