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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.


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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6/1/2018 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 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 1:38:10 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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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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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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12/20/2017 9:39:10 AM
2017 harvest LJ Carmouche farmDespite an unusual snowfall in Louisiana that left sugarcane fields covered in white powder, the harvest is more than 80 percent complete and it's shaping up to be a very good year. READ THE LSU AG CENTER REPORT FROM CRAIG GAUTREAUX HERE.

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12/19/2017 11:47:44 AM
American Sugar Caen LeagueThe American Sugar Cane League has endowed an LSU AgCenter chair in sugar production. The American Sugar Cane League Chair in Sugar Production will support faculty members who demonstrate excellence in research areas related to improving the productivity, profitability and sustainability of the production segment of the Louisiana sugar industry. READ THE STORY

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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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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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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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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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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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12/12/2016 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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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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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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7/21/2016 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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