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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.


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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9/18/2017 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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8/3/2016 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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6/2/2016 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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2/24/2016 1:20:06 PM
Teche TodayReporter Karl Jeter of the St. Martin Parish Teche News penned this excellent story on Antoine Fontenette's retirement. Fontenette retired in February 2016 after 66 years in the boiler room at the Louisiana Sugar Cane Co-Operative sugar mill in the St. John community. READ THE STORY
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2/3/2016 10:40:24 AM
Governor John Bel EdwardsLouisiana Governor John Bel Edwards laid out his plans for the state; voices strong support for LSU Ag Center. His appearance was covered by This WeeK in Louisiana Agriculture, Lafayette's Daily Advertiser, Baton Rouge's Advocate,KATC-TV and KADN-TV.
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1/10/2016 2:09:06 PM
Advocate reporter Billy Gunn reported that the 2015 Louisiana sugarcane harvest wrapped up this week. It was a season of adversity for the state's farmers and millers.

Louisiana's 2015 sugar cane harvest was a wet, muddy mess, farmers and industry experts said late last week, as the last of the state's 11 sugar mills were finishing up grinding for the season.

"It's been nasty. We've had a tough year," said Jim Simon, general manager of the American Sugar Cane League.

Despite the challenges this year's crop yields have been decent, and the going 24 cents per pound sugar is getting now is decent, too.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated Louisiana's 465 cane growers would produce 1.45 million tons of raw sugar from the 2015 crop, Simon said. However, he estimated that 10 percent to 15 percent was lost because of the weather.


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