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You've found Sugarcane in the News, the home of the official American Sugar Cane League press releases and other news stories about the sugar industry. In this section you will find links to the Sugar News, our email newsletter about the the people who have made sugarcane the Louisiana's number one crop for more than two centuries. You can sign up to receive the Sugar News in your mailbox here.

There's also a link to The Sugar Bulletin, the League's monthly magazine, and its advertising rates and subscrption information. The Sugar Bulletin has been published since 1922 and you can research the sugar industry archives by clicking here or in the drop list to the left. The American Society of Sugar Cane Technologists archives are also available.

Check back frequently to stay up to date on breaking news, legislative issues and other important information about the sugar industry.


5/13/2019 8:03:23 AM
Louisiana sugarcane field

The relationship between farmers and millers most likely pre-dates recorded history. Agricultural activities began to take place in the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia more than 10,000 years ago. Over time, farmers and millers understood their relationship was symbiotic. You can’t have one without the other. READ THE STORY



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5/10/2019 11:26:21 AM
ASSCT meeting 2019The American Society of Sugarcane Technologists have set their annual joint meeting for June 26-29 at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama. READ THE STORY

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5/10/2019 11:06:03 AM
golf tourThe American Sugar League invites everyone to participate in the 2nd Annual Ag Leaders of Louisiana Golf Tournament. READ THE STORY.

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4/18/2019 7:00:16 AM
L 12-201 sugarcane

The American Sugar Cane League’s Variety Release Committee unanimously approved the release of two new varieties, Ho 12-615 and L 12-201, for commercial planting in the summer of 2019. READ THE STORY



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4/17/2019 11:02:04 AM
Gillian at AudubonEach spring, representatives from Louisiana sugarcane mills hear results from researchers at the LSU AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute. READ THE STORY

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3/26/2019 1:56:39 PM
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Several Louisiana sugarcane farmers recently completed "fly-ins” to Washington D.C. to meet with Congressional leaders and staffers and other movers and shakers of American farm policy. READ THE STORY



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3/25/2019 10:10:56 AM
Louisiana sugarcaneLafayette's Daily Advertiser published this March 22, 2019 news story and interviewed LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Dr. Ken Gravois and Lafayette cane farmer Chad Hanks. The gist? The sugarcane is healthy and growing. Reported by Stacey Henson. READ THE STORY

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3/19/2019 11:29:36 AM
Savoie IndustriesSavoie Industries LLC has created an endowment to support an LSU College of Agriculture internship at the LSU AgCenter Sugar Research Station. READ THE STORY

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3/6/2019 3:39:16 PM
Dr. Al OrgeronDr. Al Orgeron is the LSU AgCenter weed expert. He conducts a variety of experiments with herbicides to control weed populations in Louisiana’s sugarcane fields. He reports several times a year to the farming community. The Louisiana Sugarcane News Podcast recorded Al’s January 2019 presentation at the Iberville Parish growers meeting. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST

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3/6/2019 11:22:09 AM
Sugar Becasue It's natural thumbnailFifty-seven sugar factories have closed since the 1980s due to low prices, contributing to the loss of 100,000 sugar jobs. READ THE STORY

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2/18/2019 2:46:04 PM
Jim WiesemeyerJim Wiesemeyer, a policy analyst for Pro Farmer, has interviewed every president on agroeconomic issues since Jimmy Carter. Jim was the featured speaker at the American Sugar Cane League's annual meeting in Baton Rouge on February 5, 2019. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST

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2/18/2019 11:38:48 AM
Washington DCJack Pettus is the American Sugar Cane League’s Washington Representative. Jack came down to Louisiana for the League’s Annual Meeting in Baton Rouge and gave this Washington Update report to the gathered Louisiana sugar producers. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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1/28/2019 2:00:54 PM
St. Mary Sugar Co-OpThe American Sugar Cane League, which represents the Louisiana sugarcane industry, wholeheartedly supports "zero-for-zero” legislation to reform and replace the current no-cost sugar policy. READ THE STORY

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1/24/2019 1:18:01 PM
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LSU AgCenter Sugarcane Specialist Dr. Kenneth Gravois presents a wrap-up of the 2018 sugarcane harvest at the January 18, 2019 Iberville Parish growers' meeting. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST

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1/22/2019 5:03:58 PM
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The 2018 Louisiana sugarcane harvest resulted in record yield in terms of tonnage but a reduced sugar recovery from last year. READ THE STORY



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1/18/2019 2:58:27 PM
muddy sugarcaneIt has been a successful grinding season for Louisiana sugarcane growers in terms of sugar production. But it has been a very expensive crop to harvest this year. LSU AgCenter reporter Craig Gautreaux has the story from Iberia Parish in south Louisiana. WATCH THE VIDEO

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1/15/2019 12:38:40 PM
LSRLouisiana Sugar Refining LLC is establishing a scholarship in the LSU College of Agriculture. READ THE STORY

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12/20/2018 3:50:47 PM
American Sugar Caen League logoLouisiana’s 2018 sugarcane harvest season has been wet and muddy thus far, but the state’s farmers and millers got some good news when President Donald Trump officially signed the 2018 Farm Bill which extended U.S. sugar policy for another five years. READ THE STORY

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12/19/2018 4:38:25 PM
Last week, both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed the 2018 farm bill with strong bipartisan support. READ THE LSU AG CENTER STORY






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12/13/2018 9:53:18 AM
KATC-TVIt's no secret the 2018 Louisiana sugarcane harvest has been plenty muddy. Here's the report filed by KATC-TV (Lafayette, La.) reporter Eric Zernich. WATCH THE VIDEO

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12/11/2018 1:06:12 PM
ASCL logoThe president of the American Sugar Cane League is urging the LouisianaCongressional delegation to get behind the final version of the farm bill and ensure its passage before the end of the year. READ THE STORY

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12/10/2018 4:21:43 PM
sugarcane harvesterDan Boudreaux of the Advocate reported Louisiana's sugarcane crop and its farmers are holding strong and may even break last year's harvesting record. READ THE ADVOCATE ARTICLE

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11/26/2018 1:40:41 PM
Muddy sugarcane harvesterLafayette's KLFY-TV filed this report on muddy harvest conditions in early November. WATCH THE VIDEO

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11/19/2018 11:45:04 AM
Cora TexasPlaquemine Post South reporter Tommy Comeaux writes about the Cora Texas sugar mill in White Castle. Here's his lede: To the uninformed, Cora Texas manufacturing Company near White Castle looks like most plants in Iberville Parish. Except for the line of sugarcane trucks during the 100-day period farms and employees of Cora Texas call "the grind." READ THE STORY

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11/13/2018 10:23:41 AM
tractor and cart in muddy conditionsThe 2018 Louisiana sugarcane crop has the potential to set a record if weather conditions are favorable. READ THE STORY BY LSU AG CENTER JOURNALIST BRUCE SCHULTZ

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11/9/2018 11:01:39 AM
sugarcane flowersSugarcane is a grass and will produce a flower. In Louisiana, the growing season is so short, the plant does not normally flower but 2018 is unusual. VIEW PICTURES OF SUGARCANE FLOWERS

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11/6/2018 8:16:55 AM
Dr. Jeff HoySugarcane farmers notice that "new ground" (land that had not been in production) seems to make a prettier plant than "old ground." LSU AgCenter researcher Dr. Jeff Hoy talks about new ground in this 10 minute podcast. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST

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11/5/2018 3:42:43 PM
Sunshine BridgeWAFB-TV reports that the Sunshine Bridge closure has put some sugarcane farmers in a real bind. WATCH THE WAFB REPORT.

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10/3/2018 6:00:14 PM
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9/26/2018 11:04:15 AM
Donald Segura and Shelby SeguraDonald Segura, chosen as King Sucrose,talks about his farming life and what sugarcane means to him, his family and his community. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST

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9/25/2018 11:50:59 AM
Louisiana sugarcane planting 2018Reporter Karl Wiggers of This Week in Louisiana Agriculture filed this great story on sugarcane planting season. WATCH THE VIDEO

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9/14/2018 12:31:20 PM
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9/12/2018 12:36:04 PM
Sugarcane planting

Seafood processors, sugar cane millers and landscapers in Louisiana are worried there won't be enough visas available for the foreign seasonal laborers they need in the coming months. READ THE STORY



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9/7/2018 1:39:29 PM
Sugarcane field day 2018Photos from the 2018 Iberia, St. Mary and Vermilion Parish LSU AgCenter Field Days are ready for viewing. SEE THE PHOTOS

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9/4/2018 5:11:31 PM
Taylor Blanchard cover crops

Taylor Blanchard, a young sugarcane producer from the Iberia, St. Mary area. Taylor spoke to a gathered group of farmers and researchers at the July 2018 LSU AgCenter Sugarcane Field Day. Taylor talked about the benefits of planting cover crops in sugarcane country. HEAR THE PODCAST



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8/24/2018 10:28:52 AM
Sugarcane farmer Taylor BlanchardAn LSU AgCenter field day for Iberia, St. Mary and Vermilion parish sugarcane farmers on July 26 placed an emphasis on methods of improving soil health. READ THE STORY FOR LSU AGCENTER JOURNALIST BRUCE SCHULTZ

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8/20/2018 11:35:43 AM
Drone technologyWith planting just around the corner, sugarcane farmers gathered on July 20 at the LSU AgCenter St. Martin Parish sugarcane field day to hear about research and new technology to help with their crop. READ THE STORY BY LSU AGCENTER JOURNALIST BRUCE SCHULTZ



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8/9/2018 4:14:11 PM
Lane Blanchard, sugarcane farmer 2018On July 26, 2018, the Sugarcane News traveled to the LSU AgCenter St. Mary, Iberia and Vermilion Parish sugarcane field day and recorded farmer Lane Blanchard speaking on heat treating seed cane. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST

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8/7/2018 4:17:23 PM
Dr. Michael Pontif 2018Dr. Al Orgeron and Dr Michael Pontif of the LSU AgCenter spoke at the Assumption Parish Sugarcane Field Day on their research. HEAR THE PODCAST

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8/2/2018 11:08:03 AM
Viator Family 2018This is the story of four brothers, Dudley, Wilson, Roy and J.C. Viator, who started farming in Iberia Parish in the 1940s. HEAR THE PODCAST

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7/31/2018 11:30:04 AM
LSU MentorsThe LSU College of Agriculture is excited to launch the second year of the LSU Agriculture Mentoring Program! READ THE STORY

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7/24/2018 2:17:48 PM
LSU AgCenter 2018 Sugarcane Field DaySugarcane farmers, millers and researchers gathered at the LSU AgCenter Sugarcane Research Farm in St. Gabriel to hear the latest in sugarcane research. VIEW THE PICTURES

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7/20/2018 9:15:39 AM
Weed Scientist Al Orgeron

A new sugarcane variety that will be available for Louisiana farmers to plant this year was highlighted at the 36th annual sugarcane field day at the LSU AgCenter Sugar Research Station on July 18. READ THE STORY



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6/29/2018 1:21:06 PM
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The American Sugar Cane League applauded the work of Louisiana’s senators for their role in the passage of the farm bill. READ THE STORY



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6/28/2018 7:12:32 PM

American Sugar AllianceThe United States Senate passed a Farm Bill today that continues America’s no-cost sugar policy. The House of Representatives likewise continued the current sugar policy in its version of the Farm Bill after overwhelmingly rejecting a proposal by agricultural critics to depress sugar farmers’ prices with subsidized imports.



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6/25/2018 3:00:05 PM
raw sugar at Alma Plantation Sugar MillThe United States Department of Agriculture is expecting sugar beet production to be reduced about four percent and sugarcane about three percent from 2017-18 levels for the 2018-19 crop years, said LSU AgCenter economist Michael Deliberto.Deliberto made his comments at the sugarcane conference of the 96th Annual Convention of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation in New Orleans. READ THE STORY


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6/22/2018 4:14:08 PM
American Sugar Cane LeagueLouisiana's sugarcane growers are pleased that the United States House of Representatives maintained current, no-cost sugar policy in the farm bill passed on Thursday, said Jim Simon of the American Sugar Cane League. READ THE STORY

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6/21/2018 11:15:41 AM
Gay Plantation in Plaquemine

Norbert Rillieux, Allen Ramsey Wurtele and Leonard Julien had two things in common.They all were from south Louisiana, and their inventions forever changed the sugar cane industry. Read this great story from the Advocate's Robin Miller about the new West Baton Rouge Museum exhibit, "Rural Engineuity." READ THE STORY



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6/15/2018 11:19:11 AM
Gillian EgglestonAfter a lengthy search, the LSU AgCenter has named Gillian Eggleston director of the Audubon Sugar Institute. READ THE STORY

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6/14/2018 4:32:03 PM
American Sugar Alliance

Napoleon's scientists developed a process to make sugar from sugar beets and the innovation, now more than 200 years old, gave folks like Dan Rosenfeldt of Minnesota a chance to get into farming.  READ THE STORY


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6/7/2018 4:00:30 PM
Domino Sugars

Denise Drake grew up one of 11 siblings in Baltimore. At nights, she’d gaze at the iconic Domino Sugar refinery that has long illuminated the city’s Inner Harbor. But, she never realized just how close her home was to the refinery until she came to work there decades ago. READ THE STORY



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6/1/2018 2:35:41 PM
Collins Kimbeng

Through the joint efforts of the LSU AgCenter, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the American Sugar Cane League, a new sugarcane variety called L 11-183 has been released for the 2018 planting season. READ THE STORY



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5/25/2018 2:50:08 PM
Daily IberianDaily Iberian reporter Don Shoopman filed this story on farm bill issues and what it means to Louisiana sugarcane farmers. Here's the lede: Like sugar cane in the late fall, the fate of U.S. farmers facing the threat of increased sugar imports is blowing in the wind in Washington. READ THE DAILY IBERIAN STORY.

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5/25/2018 1:49:07 PM
Bain Family

In an area considered the northernmost point in the world for growing sugarcane, the Bain family has been raising the sweet stuff for four generations. "We are doing the impossible here,” said Sterling Bain Jr., the oldest sibling in the Bain family. "There shouldn’t be cane this far north.” READ THE STORY



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5/25/2018 1:41:45 PM

Rural EnginuityThe West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to announce a new exhibition entitled Rural Engineuity which will open on May 19th and run through August 5th, 2018. READ MORE



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5/25/2018 1:38:10 PM
Sonny Viator LSU AgCenter Representatives from Louisiana sugarcane mills heard results from researchers at the LSU AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute during a factory operations seminar at the AgCenter Sugar Research Station on April 26.

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5/18/2018 12:52:28 AM
Mitchel Ourso Farm Bill

Louisiana’s Congressional delegation helped defeat a farm bill amendment that would have crippled the state’s sugarcane industry, said Charles Schudmak, president of the American Sugar Cane League.


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5/9/2018 1:00:11 PM
Charles SchudmakLouisiana's 11 raw sugar factories, its two sugar refineries and the American Sugar Cane League today joined hundreds of other agricultural interests in abroad coalition letter to Congressional members urging them to reject any farm bill amendments that could hurt America's farming families, said League president Charles Schudmak.

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5/9/2018 12:04:56 PM
Wilson JudiceAgronomist Wilson E. Judice of Centerville, La. has joined the staff of the American Sugar Cane League.READ THE STORY

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4/12/2018 3:54:46 PM
Louisiana sugarcane Even though these historical facts on the evolution of the sugar industry is clear, certain myths about sugar consumption also evolved and persist today, says Jim Simon, manager of the American Sugar Cane League.Here's a fact: sugar is natural and only 15 calories a teaspoon.
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3/29/2018 10:45:16 AM
St. Mary Sugar MillLouisiana’s congressional delegation was successful in getting exemptions for H2B "returning workers” included in the recently passed $1.3 trillion spending bill that funds the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2018. READ THE STORY

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3/22/2018 3:46:24 PM
Michael HarperMichael Harper’sfamily has been farming in Cheneyville, a town of about 600, since right after the Civil War.

He’s a sixth-generation grower at the northern tip of Louisiana’s sugar country, farming today with his father, uncle and cousin-in-law. In the 153 years since his first relative planted a crop in the muddy soil about 2 hours northwest of Baton Rouge, a lot has changed. READ THE STORY


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3/20/2018 2:55:39 PM
sugarcane endowed chairThe American Sugar Cane League presented the LSU AgCenter with a check for an endowed chair in sugar production at the Louisiana Division of the American Society of Sugar Cane Technologists recently (Feb. 5-7). Pictured are Rogers Leonard, AgCenter associate vice president; Jim Simon, general manager of the American Sugar Cane League; Lindsey Fussell, AgCenter senior director of development; Bill Richardson, LSU vice president for agriculture, and Charlie Schudmak, president of the American Sugar Cane League. Photo by Tobie Blanchard/LSU AgCenter. READ THE STORY

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3/14/2018 12:55:00 PM
Morris Sugarcanne GroupSugarcane producer Makelle Pinsonat farms in a family operation with her husband, Scott Pinsonat, brother, Bobby Morris, and sister-in-law, Melissa Morris, in West Baton Rouge Parish. They are some of the many faces of sugar policy in this great video shot by John Ostendorff. WATCH THE VIDEO.
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3/6/2018 5:47:51 PM
Catherine LacourCatherine Lacour's editorial appeared in the Washington Examiner with a message to Congress: Don't cut my family out of the farm bill. READ THE EDITORIAL
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2/26/2018 3:26:30 PM

Charles Guidry and SonsErath sugarcane farmer Charles Guidry and his sons were featured in an advertisement in the Washington D.C. edition of the Wall Street Journal that pleaded with Congress not to "cut them out of the farm bill."

Guidry and other sugar farmers from across the country descended today on Capitol Hill for two weeks of meetings with lawmakers. And their message is crystal clear: "Don’t cut my family out of the Farm Bill.”

This message was punctuated with a D.C. advertising effort featuring family photos of real sugar farmers nationwide. READ THE STORY


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2/23/2018 1:45:51 PM
Warren Harang IIIWarren Harang III, is a proud to be a sugarcane farmer. WATCH THE VIDEO

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2/22/2018 10:25:37 AM
Pierre "Pete" LanauxMr. Pete, a sugarcane farmer who was still running his family's sugarcane farm, T. Lanaux and Son, at age 93, passed away February 12. Mr. Pete began his farming career when mules were still used. He was one of the great ones. READ MR. PETE'S OBITUARY


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2/7/2018 5:11:28 PM
John Gay receives President's Award

Plaquemine sugarcane farmer John Gay was honored by the American Sugar Cane League and received the President’s Award, the highest honor the League bestows upon a member. READ THE STORY


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1/31/2018 1:07:59 PM
sugarcane cart in snow

Louisiana sugarcane farmers just finished a memorable year — one that saw them harvesting cane on a rare snow day in December and set a record for the most sugar produced in state history. LSU AgCenter reporter Olivia McClure reported from the Assumption Parish grower's meeting. READ THE STORY


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1/29/2018 6:02:32 PM
Louisiana sugarcane seedcaneThe Louisiana sugarcane industry supports sugar beet growers and dislikes it when ill-informed lobbyists liken hardworking American families that grow sugarcane and sugarbeets to "cartels." READ THE STORY FROM THE AMERICAN SUGAR ALLIANCE

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1/23/2018 4:37:11 PM
LSU AgCenter sugarcane researchersLouisiana's sugarcane growers mark the beginning of a new crop year as the first grower meetings of the year are held throughout the cane belt. READ THE STORY

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1/15/2018 12:33:54 PM
Lester and Charles GravoisThibodaux Daily Comet reporter Bridget Mire penned this great story about Lester Gravois, a 95-year-old (semi) retired sugarcane farmer. READ THE STORY

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1/11/2018 3:00:47 PM
Louisiana sugar boilerThe 2017 Louisiana sugarcane harvest, a potential record setting crop, went well into January 2018. This is risky in a temperate zone where a killing freeze could hit in early December. The 2017 harvest would have ended sooner if necessary guest workers from Central American could enter the United States when they're needed. American Sugar Cane League manager Jim Simon voiced his concerns in his upcoming  Louisiana Farm and Ranch column. READ THE STORY

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