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In this section you will find links to Sugarcane in the News, the Sugar News, an e-newsletter for the general public, and historic photos and other archival information. You'll also find League press releases detailing the latest issues relating the Louisiana sugar industry as well as information pertaining to media and publications. This page also features general information about industry-publication The Sugar Bulletin, its advertising rates and instructions on how to subscribe to the monthly publication for followers of the sugar industry.

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


12/11/2017 12:19:30 PM
Ben LegendreLSU AgCenter reporter writes that a new LSU AgCenter professorship has been established honoring the late Benjamin L. Legendre, a Louisiana sugarcane researcher who devoted 47 years of his professional career to the sugarcane industry. READ THE STORY

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12/1/2017 5:05:18 PM
Farm Policy Facts

One of the best agricultural policies that have proven to work year in and year out is the United States Department of Agriculture’s sugar program. The program operates at zero cost to the consumer and helps keep sugarcane and sugarbeet farmers and their millers operating.Well, if ain't broke, dont't fix it!
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11/14/2017 3:16:32 PM
Willis Provost 2017 sugarcane harvestLSU AgCenter writer Bruce Schultz visited with farmer Willis Provost who farms in the New Iberia and Kaplan area and learned the Louisiana sugarcane crop is looking pretty good at the halfway point.
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10/30/2017 3:58:29 PM
spooky sugarThe ghosts come out on Halloween. Here's an old ghost anti-sugar policy folks bring out every Halloween. READ THE STORY

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10/25/2017 11:31:06 AM
Travis Medine

Harvest time is always an adventure with Louisiana's wet weather and often muddy soil. Four inches of rain in a single event during the harvest period is not uncommon and rainfall could easily exceed 10 inches before the end of harvest around Christmas time. Getting trucks and combines mired in the muddy fields is also not uncommon. READ THE STORY


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10/23/2017 3:55:17 PM
Lafourche SugarDaily Comet reporter Bridget Mire learned that the Louisiana sugarcane harvesting season is off to a good start. READ THE STORY

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10/19/2017 3:13:58 PM
Raw sugar loading into Bayou Teche bargeJudging by the first 10 to 15 percent of sugar cane that has made its way to the sugar mills this season, things are looking good for the fall harvest. BY DANNY FENSTER, DAILY IBERIAN ...READ THE STORY FROM THE DAILY IBERIAN
photo: Raw sugar loaded into a Bayou Teche barge

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10/3/2017 10:22:30 AM
Hurricanes

Sugarcane growers across the South stepped up to help their friends and neighbors after hurricanes Irma and Harvey. They delivered food, water, a truckload of sugar and even set up a phone-charging station as communities recovered without electricity and other basic needs in the days after the storms. READ THE STORY


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9/22/2017 10:00:19 AM
Teche Growers preservationThe 217-year-old Louisiana sugarcane industry continues to bring thousands of jobs and billion of dollars into the state. That's why the Teche Growers Association wants to preserve sugarcanE's rich history. WATCH THE KLFY-TV NEWS STORY

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9/22/2017 9:28:02 AM
2017 Harvest KLFYFor the past few weeks, sugarcane farmers in Louisiana planted hundreds of acres of land of sugarcane for the year. Harvest time is approaching quickly and many local farmers are working seven days a week to get their crops ready.WATCH THE KLFY-TV NEWS STORY

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9/21/2017 11:37:15 AM
Houston Food BankThe Louisiana sugar industry donated more than 33,000 pounds of sugar to the Houston Food Bank. 

Louisiana Sugar Refining (LSR) of Gramercy, La. supplied eight pallets of its Southern Cane brand and ASR Group sent eight pallets of its iconic brand of Domino® Sugar from its Chalmette Refinery.

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9/18/2017 11:46:10 AM
Matt Frey, sugarcane farmerUntil recently, the furthest north anyone was planting sugarcane was in Rapides Parish in Louisiana. But thanks to the hardy nature of newer cold-tolerant cane varieties and price stability, a sugarcane family is heading north. Reporter Greg Hilburn of the Monroe News-Star penned this great story about the first sugarcane planted in Concordia Parish in a long, long time. READ THE STORY

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9/1/2017 10:57:21 AM
No cost sugar policyJudy Clayton Sanchez, senior director for corporate communications and public affairs at U.S. Sugar, wrote this editorial in support of American sugar policy. The editorial first appeared in the September 1, 2017 Orlando Sentinel. Here's her lede:

Critics of American sugar policy are once again orchestrating a campaign against America’s sugar-cane and sugar-beet farmers. It boggles the mind that one of the few — if not only — government programs designed to operate at no cost continues to come under attack.  READ THE STORY

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8/24/2017 5:00:00 PM

YOUNGSVILLE, LA - Mike Comb, the general manager of Louisiana Sugarcane Co-operative (LASUCA) in St. Martin Parish, testified at a field hearing Thursday held by Senator John Kennedy about regulatory burdens, sugar policy, the farm bill and other issues state sugar producers face today.


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8/10/2017 3:58:12 PM
American Sugar Alliance

Sugarcane and sugar beets are grown in 14 states but sugarcane refineries, beet sugar-producing factories and sugar distribution centers are in an additional 17 states making the economic impact of the sugar industry quite widespread in the United States. Like any far flung and diversified industry there are competing interests but the American Sugar Alliance does an outstanding job of representing the entire country and speaks for the industry with one voice. The Alliance is a national coalition of sugarcane and sugar beet producers that includes sugar farmers, sugar processors, sugar refiners, sugar suppliers and sugar workers. Its goal is to maintain a strong U.S. sugar industry. READ THE STORY


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8/8/2017 8:52:06 AM
Billy Patout IIIWilliam "Billy" Schwing Patout III, 84, peacefully passed away Saturday, August 5th, 2017 surrounded by his loved ones. 








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7/14/2017 2:33:42 PM
Hebert BrothersThe USDA Sugarcane Research Farm in Houma and the LSU AgCenter in Raceland hosted the 2017 Sugarcane Field Day. Here are the high yield winners and other honored at the event.

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7/10/2017 10:47:09 AM

Freeze in LouisianaOver the past several years, the Louisiana Farm Bureau and the American Sugarcane League have been encouraging Louisiana sugarcane producers to purchase higher buy-up levels of crop insurance to improve risk management on their farms. A good reason to consider increasing your crop insurance buy-up coverage levels is that on average, Louisiana sugarcane experiences a large scale freeze event once every 17 years and it has been more than 17 years since our last big freeze. The other reason is that we cannot count on Congress to provide disaster assistance if we have a devastating crop loss.

Therefore, it is on our shoulders to provide our own protection and it's time to determine what Sugarcane APH Crop Insurance crop buy-up level we need to manage our crop production risk.

Important: September 30, 2017 is the Sales Closing Date deadline to purchase Sugarcane Crop Insurance to insure the 2018 sugarcane crop.

Here is another item to consider. For the first time this year, sugarcane producers also have the option of purchasing a Crop Replacement Endorsement (CRE) to cover the cost of replanting. The Crop Replacement Endorsement is an inexpensive endorsement that covers the cost of replanting of plant and first year stubble. The Crop Replacement Endorsement (CRE) is the last change to be implemented among the series of Sugarcane Crop Insurance changes from the Louisiana Farm Bureau and the American Sugarcane League that were approved by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation last year. The other changes approved was coverage for overwintering sugarcane if there was damage to the previous year’s harvestable crop, a reduction in the length of the allowable skip for loss appraisals from 36 to 15 inches and the addition of an 85% coverage level.

Michael A. Deliberto, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Farm Management and Agricultural Policy, LSU Ag Center, Dept. of Ag Economics and Agribusiness will be sending out an Excel based decision-making tool to help sugarcane producers decide on what Sugarcane APH Crop Insurance buy-up level to purchase. Dr. Deliberto’s decision-making tool will be sent to you by e-mail shortly.

If you have questions regarding this information, please contact Brian Breaux or Mike Deliberto


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7/7/2017 11:56:06 AM
Facebook sugarcane

President Donald Trump raised the ante for agriculture in social media last week when he tweeted, "New sugar deal negotiated with Mexico is a very good one for both Mexico and the U.S.”

With one tweet, the president relayed the message to his millions of followers that the United States sugar industry, an agricultural endeavor representing 22 states and thousands of farmers and other workers, is a national force to be reckoned with.


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6/28/2017 11:24:52 AM
LSU Sugarcane Field Day

The LSU AgCenter Sugar Research Station will host its 35th annual sugarcane field day on July 19.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the station, with field tours starting at 9 a.m. An indoor program will begin at 11 a.m. followed by lunch at noon.

Topics to be covered during the field tours include sugarcane variety development, insect pest management, disease control, weed control and soybeans in a sugarcane rotation.

Presentations following the field tour will include a sugar industry update by Jim Simon, general manager of the American Sugar Cane League; a report on Phragmites scale, a new insect threat; and an update on agriculture in Louisiana by Mike Strain, commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

The Sugar Research Station is located on Highway 30 in St. Gabriel, 11 miles south of LSU Tiger Stadium. For more information, contact Pat Bollich, resident director of the Sugar Research Station, at 225-642-0224 orpbollich@agcenter.lsu.edu.


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6/17/2017 2:47:26 PM
Congressman Steve Scalise

Louisiana's sugarcane family extends our sincere hope for a speedy recovery for Congressman Scalise and the other victims of the horrific shooting just outside of Washington D.C. earlier this week.

Mr. Scalise has always been an outstanding advocate for Louisiana and we pray he recuperates with renewed strength and vigor.

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6/6/2017 4:23:38 PM
American Sugar Alliance

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) today announced an agreement in principle meant to bring Mexico’s subsidized sugar industry into compliance with America’s trade laws. Phillip Hayes, a spokesman for the American Sugar Alliance, released the following statement about today’s announced agreement modifications: READ THE STATEMENT


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5/31/2017 11:13:33 AM
Cutting sugarcane in Louisiana"A years-long fight with Mexico over illegal dumping of cheap, susidized sugar on the U.S. market is emerging as a major issue as the United States looks to tackle a rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement" is the lede of Baton Rouge Advocate reporter Ted Griggs in this story explaining the clash between American sugar interests and the Mexican government. READ THE STORY

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5/8/2017 5:04:50 PM
Sugar raitoningThe American Sugar Alliance noted that May 2017 is the 75th anniversary of the World War II sugar rationing program. Mrs. J. A. Tiedt of Vulver, Indiana was the first person in her town to receive a book of sugar ration stamps. Today, there are sugar opponents who would like to see America rely on foreign sugar again. READ THE STORY

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5/5/2017 2:23:19 PM
American Sugar Alliance

Members of Congress are urging President Trump to enforce laws that would prevent Mexico from dumping highly subsidized sugar onto the U.S. market and injuring U.S. sugar farmers and factories. READ THE STORY


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5/2/2017 2:55:22 PM
Raw cane sugar in a Louisiana warehouse

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) yesterday announced that it would end the antidumping and countervailing duty suspension agreements in place with Mexico and impose duties on Mexican sugar beginning June 5, unless the two countries can reach an accord before then to stop Mexico's unfair trading practices. READ THE STORY


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4/24/2017 11:40:54 AM
The HillLouisiana's sugarcane farmers are among the most efficient in the world so why do they need trade protection? Because the world sugar market is a dump market. Read this story from The Hill about the bold "zero for zero" trade policy proposal. READ THE STORY

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4/24/2017 11:17:34 AM
Louisiana sugarcane fieldIt was a sad day when Hawaii's sugarcane industry closed up shop last year. Why did Hawaii go out of business? For many reasons but low prices had a lot to do with it. Here is a video report on the United States sugarcane industry from Iowa Public Television's Market to Market show. Story by Josh Buettner.

Chris Benjamin/President & CEO – Alexander & Baldwin, Inc./General Manager – Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company (2009-2011): "Good morning and thank you all for being here today…the day we hoped would never come…but it’s here. There is a modest sense of defeat here today as we are faced with the reality that we were not able to stave off the economic and external forces that have been conspiring against us for so long.” WATCH THE VIDEO

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4/24/2017 10:14:49 AM
Louisiana Sugarcane harvest crewLouisiana's sugarcane industry is unique. It produces a top flight sugar harvest that is the envy of the world. But if the the state's mills cannot get the guest workers it needs to make raw sugar from cane juice our 221-year-old industry may be in jeopardy. Read Baton Rouge Business Report's April 11, 2017 on the trouble with the national H2A and H2B guest worker visa program. Story by Annie Ourso. READ THE STORY

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4/20/2017 9:48:15 AM
Louisiana Flood 2017The irony is, after Louisiana experienced its wettest August ever, it suffered through an exceptionally dry Octobers, the fifth driest ever. Sugarcane farmers are surveying fields now to make sure their seed and second and third year stubble has a healthy stand. READ THE STORY

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3/29/2017 3:45:45 PM
Gary Gravois

Gary Gravois, 51, a third-generation sugarcane farmer in Louisiana’s Assumption Parish, cultivates nearly 2100-acres along with his older brother, Laurent. They are efficient family farmers and believe they can compete with any cane farmer in the world. READ MORE



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3/21/2017 10:43:39 AM
Travis Medine and brohersTravis Medine, a fifth-generation Louisiana sugarcane farmer from West Baton Rouge Parish, addressed national legislators, government administration officials and reporters about the upcoming farm bill debate. READ THE STORY

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3/17/2017 10:00:17 AM
Sugar SchoolA group of 26 Louisiana sugarcane farmers have enrolled in a "sugar school" to learn more about he science and economics of making sugar. LSU AgCenter writer Olivia McClure filed this report on the opening session of the class. READ THE STORY

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2/9/2017 2:27:23 PM
Charles SchudmakThe American Sugar Cane League selected a White Castle sugar mill operator as president of the organization at the group’s annual meeting in Lafayette, La. at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel February 7. READ THE STORY
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2/8/2017 11:36:04 AM
Courtney Gaine

Courtney Gaine believes in her product so much she eats M&Ms for breakfast. Gaine is the president and CEO of the Sugar Association, a trade association based in Washington, D.C. Peculiar diet aside, she nonetheless looks fit enough to step back on the basketball court for the University of Connecticut, where she played four seasons for legendary coach Geno Auriemma, her last year in 1999 as co-captain for the national powerhouse team.

Lafayette Daily Advertiser reporter kKn Stickney filed this report on Dr. Gaine's address before the annual meeting of the American Sugar Cane League. READ THE STORY

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1/25/2017 2:16:40 PM
LSU AgCenter Economist DelibertoAmerican Sugar Cane League manger Jim Simon announced a new school for Louisiana sugarcnae farmers will begin this year on the Louisiana State University campus. Simon made the announcement at the St. Martin Parish LSU AgCenter sugarcane grower meeting January 23. READ THE STORY BY LSU AGCENTER WRITER BRUCE SCHULTZ

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1/13/2017 10:26:43 AM
Cane harvest on Vallot farmThe 2016 Louisiana sugarcane season has ended with a record set for the amount of sugar obtained per ton of cane.

"Tonnage was really light, but we blew the roof off sugar recovery,” said LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois.

The average sugar recovery set a record at 246 pounds of sugar per ton of cane. The previous record was 232 pounds, he said. Writer Bruce Schultz of the LSU AgCenter filed this report. READ THE STORY


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12/26/2016 11:53:30 AM
Daily CometBridget Mire of Thibodaux's Daily Comet reported on the end of Louisiana's sugarcane harvest. Here's her leade: While many were opening presents Christmas morning, sugar-cane farmer Ronnie Waguespack was in the field bright and early. READ THE STORY

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12/12/2016 9:57:22 AM
LSU AgCenterFor nearly three months, sugarcane farmers have been harvesting their fields and trying to finish before the New Year. While the crop has been light in terms of tonnage, sugar recovery has been excellent. LSU AgCenter reporter Craig Gautreaux has the story. WATCH THE VIDEO.

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10/20/2016 10:24:34 AM
Daily Iberian IberiaNet.comReporter Laura Gary of the Daily Iberian filed this story about the early harvest activities in the Bayou Teche region. READ THE STORY
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10/10/2016 12:57:22 PM
TWILAHow did the Louisiana sugarcane crop fare after the August flood of 2016? Not bad at all. This Week in Louisiana Agriculture's A.J. Sabine reports from Youngsville WATCH THE VIDEO

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10/4/2016 10:57:05 AM
American Sugar Cane LeagueThe American Sugar Cane League, in conjunction with Domino Sugar, Imperial Sugar and Louisiana Sugar Refining, worked together to donate 12,000 pounds of sugar to the flood-stricken Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, said Jim Simon, manager of the League. READ THE STORY
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9/21/2016 2:29:31 PM
Wet sugarcane fieldThe summer of 2016 will go down as one of the wettest in Louisiana history with more than 40 inches of rain reported during the season in some areas. What has all the rain done for the sugarcane crop? Well, it made it too wet to get planting done on a timely basis. Read Emma Discher of the Daily Comet's report on the start of the sugarcane harvest season. READ THE STORY
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9/20/2016 4:02:04 PM
Gonsoulin FamilyAnthony "Joe" Judice can trace his family back to Louis Judice Jr. who bought land along Bayou Teche in 1772. His family still farms there today as the Judice Brothers in Loreauville. Joe Judice has three sons involved in an operation that has roots back to the first Jacques Judice in Louisiana, about 1718. Vickie Branton of the Daily Iberian penned this fine story about some of the outstanding sugarcane farming families of south Louisiana. READ THE STORY




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9/20/2016 3:15:47 PM
Kassi Berard Sugarcane FarmerShanna Perkins of Acadiana Lifestyle reported on the changing role of women in agriculture.

The agriculture industry is an ever-evolving entity. Through its existence few aspects have remained unchanged. In South Louisiana, the amount of roles involved in running a successful sugar cane farm or mill has increased. And the people who fill those roles, well, they look a little different now days. The vast changes in regulations and the advancements in technology have carved out a very specific niche that is being filled by women. READ THE STORY 

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9/13/2016 2:56:27 PM
American Crystal donation to Louisiana flood releifThe American Crystal Sugar Company donated $5,000 to the Kiwanis Club of New Iberia Foundation to benefit Louisiana flood recovery efforts, said Jim Simon, manager of the Louisiana-based American Sugar Cane League. READ THE STORY
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9/1/2016 3:26:09 PM
Muddy sugarcane fieldLouisiana's sugarcane farmers have until September 30 to make crop insurance purchasing decisions for the 2017 crop under a new insurance program that allows for better disaster and other crop loss coverage than previously available for sugarcane. READ THE STORY

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8/25/2016 10:42:57 AM
Justin Frederick and Stuart GauthierLSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois filed this report on the 2016 flood in south Louisiana and how it may or may not affect the upcoming harvest. READ THE STORY

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8/24/2016 3:18:18 PM
The Sugar AssociationThe release of the American Heart Association’s Scientific Statement on added sugars and kids is baffling. In a year where both the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (ages 2 years and up) and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) final labeling rule (ages 4 years and up) issued a 10% target for added sugars in an effort to provide Americans a tool to help build a healthy diet, the AHA is releasing their own vastly different recommendations. READ THE SUGAR ASSOCIATION STATEMENT

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8/22/2016 4:57:59 PM
Amite River Flood 2016Louisiana State Climatologist Barry Keims analyzes how a powerful rainstorm dumped more than four trillion gallons of rainwater on Louisina August 12 and 13, 2016. WATCH THE VIDEO

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8/3/2016 11:23:13 AM
Lula Sugar Mill, Belle Rose, La.COEUR D'ALENE, IDAHO -There are weak or no relationships between low sugar prices and both U.S. manufacturing jobs and U.S. retail sugar prices, according to a study discussed at the American Sugar Alliance's International Sweetener Symposium held in Coeur D'Alene on Aug. 2. Reported by the Food Business News

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7/26/2016 3:42:15 PM
Al Orgeron at St. Martin Parish Sugarcane Field Day 2016(2016/07/26) ST. MARTINVILLE, La. - Farmers attending the 54th Annual Sugarcane Field Day for St. Martin, Lafayette and St. Landry parishes on July 22 heard encouraging news with a good crop report and improved prices. Reported by Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter READ THE STORY

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7/22/2016 12:06:52 PM
2016 St. Martin Sugarcane Field DayDozens of farmers and researchers attended the 54th annual St. Martin Parish Sugarcane Field Day held at the Louisiana Sugar Co-Operative in St, Martinville Friday, July 22. WATCH THE VIDEO

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7/21/2016 1:05:51 PM
Blake Wilson at LSU Field Day(2016/07/21) ST. GABRIEL, La. - Louisiana sugarcane growers and consultants heard about a sporadic insect pest and a new, unidentified weed on July 20 during the annual field day at the LSU AgCenter Sugar Research Station. READ THE STORY

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7/13/2016 10:23:45 AM
Sugar Cane FestivalJim Simon, manager of the American Sugar Cane League, was among the community leaders selected by the Sugar Cane Festival to honor the sugarcane industry, Louisiana's top row crop. The 75th annual Sugar Cane Festival will be held September 20th-25th in New Iberia. Also honored are Jimmy and Virginia Shea, Jessie Breaux, and Ted Viator. READ THE STORY


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6/28/2016 9:56:00 AM
Kassi BerardKassi Berard, a Breaux Bridge and St. Martin Parish native, was selected the 2016 Outstanding Young Farm Woman, Thursday, June 23, at the 94th Annual Louisiana Farm Bureau Convention. READ THE STORY

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6/23/2016 9:20:36 AM
Jack RoneyJack Roney, director of economics and policy analysis for the American Sugar Alliance, has been shaping United States national sugar policy for more than 40 years. Roney addressed the
American Sugar Cane League's summer Contact Committee meeting in Thibodaux, La. June 22, 2016. His message? U.S. sugar producers have been producing a reliable and safe source of sugar at a low cost for years but there are economic, market and public perception forces that want to change that. VIEW THE PRESENTATION

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6/9/2016 12:27:24 PM

West Indian Cane FlyThe West Indian canefly is a sporadic pest of sugarcane in Louisiana that establishes after a mild winter, such as this past winter of 2015-16. The canefly is a piercing/sucking insect that feeds on plant sap and excretes honeydew, which promotes the growth of sooty mold on the leaves and leaf sheaths.


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6/7/2016 11:30:10 AM
HoCP 09-804 sugarcane

More than 60 farmers, crop consultants and researchers gathered at the United States Department of Agriculture Sugarcane Research Unit (SRU) in Houma to learn about the latest scientific and technical advancements in Louisiana's sugarcane industry at the annual Terrebonne Area Sugarcane Field Day sponsored by the USDA and Louisiana State University Agricultural Center.READ THE STORY


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6/3/2016 5:06:20 PM
Downed caneThe American Sugar Cane League (ASCL) applauded the United States Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency for their approval of a new crop insurance program designed for the sugarcane crop. READ THE STORY

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6/2/2016 2:47:14 PM
Raceland Sugar Mill

A $60 million sugar cane conversion facility called the B2X plant is nearing completion and will be ready to open in early fall in Raceland, according to plant manager Carey Buckles. Construction began in February of 2015. Walkthroughs of the plant to check for completion and accuracy began this week. Reported by Emma Discher of HoumaToday.com. READ THE HOUMATODAY.COM STORY


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5/30/2016 12:48:47 PM
The Advocate

It's been a while since Louisiana cane farmer Thomas Viator felt this good about his crop and the prospects of fetching a good price when the sugar is harvested at the end of this year.

A mild winter and rain that has tapered down to just enough has his cane looking good. Even better, though, is a consumer market that's veering from ingesting genetically modified foods.

And in this case, that means sugar cane's main rival -- northern-grown, genetically modified sugar beets  -- is falling out of favor with consumers. READ MORE OF ADVOCATE REPORTER BILLY GUNN'S NEWS STORY


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5/27/2016 9:45:50 AM
Daily Comet

American Sugar Cane League senior agronomist Herman Waguespack said the prospects for the 2016 cane harvest look good at this point. Reporter Emma Discher of the Daily Comet interviewed Waguespack and filed this story in the Thibodaux Daily Comet and Houma courier.

"This year"s sugar-cane crop looks better than average despite an unusually wet fall and spring.

The wet weather has affected many other crops, but the sugar-cane crop should be strong after a mild winter and warm spring, local farmers said." READ THE STORY


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5/17/2016 1:40:44 PM
Can Field West Baton Rouge

The latest sugarcane variety to be released shows several positive characteristics, including good yields and cold tolerance, according to LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois.

The variety, HoCP 09-804, is the only release this year. It was bred and selected at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Sugarcane Research Unit in Houma, Gravois said.

The new variety began its journey toward being released back in 2004. It takes an average of 12 years from the initial cross to the release of a variety that's ready to be planted by growers, Gravois said. READ THE STORY


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5/12/2016 1:28:21 PM
Louisiana SugarcaneAs we ease into prime sugarcane growing season, farmers from Rapides Parish all the way to Terrebonne and Calcasieu report good spring stands of sugarcane despite the abnormally wet winter of 2015. READ THE STORY
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5/12/2016 1:27:18 PM
Louisiana Sugarcane

Sugar has been used for hundreds of years to make traditional homemade foods.

Sugar reacts with the protein in food and gives it a rich appetizing color. Sugar caramelizes when heated and the resulting caramel sauce is used in many confections and baking recipes. There are plenty of good reasons why sugar is the preferred sweetener in the United States. READ THE STORY


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5/10/2016 9:41:27 AM
The AdvocateAdvocate reporter Ted Griggs writes on the growing trend of institutional investors buying up farmland and how it affects Louisiana farmers in this May 8, 2016 article. READ THE STORY
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4/28/2016 9:58:25 AM
LASUCA thumbnailThe LSU AgCenter and the American Sugar Cane League sponsored an informational seminar on sugar factory operations at the AgCenter Sugarcane Research Station in St. Gabriel April 20, 2016. READ THE STORY
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