Supporting America's Sweetest Growers


The purpose of the organization is to unite sugarbeet growers in the United States and promote the common interest of state and regional beet grower associations, which include legislative and international representation and public relations.

Our members associations represent 10,000 family farmers in all 11 producing states (California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming). The Board of Directors donate their time and talents to ASGA in order to represent their growers' interests in maintaining a strong, profitable, efficient and productive industry. They and their fellow farmers are dedicated to supplying a portion of the consumer's sweetener needs. It is a challenge and responsibility that they take seriously and proudly accept.

In the News

USTR Stands Strong with U.S. Sugar Producers

During a political discussion sponsored by POLITICO several weeks ago, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman had the following to say about granting additional sugar market access to countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiation:

"We're talking to all the parties, and sugar's obviously a great sensitivity to our market here, and whatever we do in that area won't undermine the sugar program."  Read more


Sugar Producers Defend Free Markets on Chinese News Show

It’s not every day when the American affiliate of the predominant television broadcaster in Mainland China calls for an interview. And it’s even more rare when the topic the state-run network wants to discuss is how government intervention is wrecking global markets.
But that is exactly what happened last week when Jack Roney of the American Sugar Alliance was invited to the set of CCTV America, the U.S. division of China Central Television News. Roney told the show, which is broadcast to English-speaking viewers in America and elsewhere, how sugar subsidies in places like Brazil, India, and Thailand are upending global prices and why a Zero-for-Zero sugar policy is needed to promote free markets.

The segment can be viewed by clicking here.


Embargo Notification

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the fiscal year 2016 raw and refined sugar tariff-rate quotas (TRQ), and an increase in the fiscal year 2015 specialty sugar TRQ.   
Initial Fiscal Year 2016 Sugar TRQ Announcement  
USDA is establishing the fiscal year 2016 TRQ for raw cane sugar at 1,231,497 short tons raw value (1,117,195 metric tons raw value, MTRV*), the minimum to which the United States is committed under the World Trade Organization Uruguay Round Agreement on Agriculture. Pursuant to additional U.S. note 5 to chapter 17 of the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule and section 359k of the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938, as amended, USDA published this decision in the Federal Register.  (Read more)


USTR Reallocation of FY2015 TRQ

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE - Reallocation of Unused Fiscal Year 2015 Tariff-Rate Quota Volume for Raw Sugar

SUMMARY: The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice of country-by-country reallocations of the FY 2015 in-quota quantity of the World Trade Organization (WTO) tariff-rate quota (TRQ) for imported raw sugar. (PDF)


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Living Off Subsidies and Still $3B in the Hole

Understanding the labyrinth that India calls a sugar policy can be tough – especially with new subsidy schemes announced on a near weekly basis – but we’ll give it a shot.

Each year, the Indian government mandates the price that sugar mills have to pay farmers for stalks of sugarcane that will be milled into raw sugar. And because sugar farmers are plentiful and politically powerful, that price for their cane crop is always pretty high.  Read more


Big Candy Tried to Sneak Farm Bill Rider onto African Trade Bill

The Big Candy lobby and its congressional allies launched a surprise attack against U.S. sugar policy on April 22.  And it used a highly unusual vehicle in its attempt to sabotage the recently passed farm bill: an African aid package.
An amendment offered by Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Patrick Toomey would have used the African Growth and Opportunity Act to flood the U.S. market with unneeded sugar imports.
The Senate Finance Committee rejected the scheme on a 10-16 vote, with the panel’s top Republican and Democrat – Sens. Orin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) – both opposing the plan.  Read more


Sugar Producers Comment on DOC Decision

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) yesterday granted standing to Imperial Sugar Co. and AmCane Sugar LLC in the antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) cases filed last year against Mexico’s sugar industry. The AD/CVD cases had been suspended following an agreement reached between the U.S. and Mexican governments, but will recommence as a result of the latest DOC decision.  Read more


It's Easter Time


It's that time of year again. Birds are chirping, trees are budding, and bulbs are flowering.

Small children are excited about spring break, egg hunts, and decorated Easter baskets.

And Big Candy is busy complaining on Capitol Hill even though they are selling more product than ever – more than $2.2 billion worth of candy this Easter alone.

If you are a Hill staffer or reporter who has had an otherwise peaceful week interrupted by never-ending complaints from candy lobbyists about U.S. sugar policy, consider some of the recent good news they aren't sharing with you.

"The Ferrara Candy Co. is expanding two plants in the Chicago area. The plants are located in Bellwood and Bolingbrook, Ill."
Food Business News

"Nearly 90 percent of shoppers in a National Retail Federation survey said they will buy candy, spending more than $2.2 billion [this Easter]."
Baltimore Sun

"Clif Bar & Co. broke ground Thursday, March 12, for the Clif Bar Baking Co. in Twin Falls, Idaho... The new $90 million, 270,000-square-foot bakery will help the company meet growing demand worldwide and bring more than 200 jobs when it opens in the spring of 2016, company officials said."
Capital Press

"Kansas City-based Russell Stover Inc. fetched a sweet price — about $1.6 billion — when the company's sale to a Swiss buyer closed last September."
Kansas City Star

"Lindt profit boosted by U.S. demand."
Wall Street Journal

"Hamtramck's [Mich.] most popular chocolate shop is expanding... Alexandra Clark, owner of Bon Bon Bon in Hamtramck, Friday confirmed that she's expanding."
MLive Media, Detroit

"St. Croix Chocolate Co. buys building, plans expansion [in Minn.]."
Country Messenger

Since confectioners and other sugar-using industries rarely share their success with lawmakers – choosing instead to poormouth about the distress caused them by sugar farmers – the American Sugar Alliance built a home for Big Candy's big news.

That site tells tales of rapid expansion, record profits, sales strength, and recession resistance. It has posted nearly 100 entries in the past year alone, and it should provide some good reading material when you're enjoying delicious sweet treats this weekend.

Happy Easter.


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