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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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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9/13/2016 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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8/24/2016 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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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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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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4/13/2016 2:16:37 PM

LSU Ag honorees 2016Jim Simon, manager of the American Sugar Cane League, was among the outstanding alumni recognized by the LSU College of Agriculture recognized at an award ceremony on April 8 at LSU's Club at Union Square. The alumni honored were Simon, of New Iberia, Jeff Hughes, of Bogalusa. Both received the outstanding alumni award while Colorado Robertson, of Baton Rouge, received the early career outstanding alumni award. READ THE STORY


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4/8/2016 1:41:31 PM
wet harvest 2015Farming successfully in Louisiana was, is, and will always be a challenge.
The farmer must not only be a great farmer to survive, he must also be an expert financial manager, a pesticide application genius, a prudent environmentalist, a curious scientist, a savvy economist and a wise meteorologist. But above all, he or she must be an eternal optimist.

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3/23/2016 9:01:22 AM
American Sugar Cane LeagueThe American Sugar Cane League membership voted to add H. K. "Kemper" Bubenzer of Bunkie, La. to the organization's board of directors. 

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2/2/2016 11:52:13 AM
Jim Wiesemeyer American Sugarcane LeagueJim Wiesemeyer, senior vice president with Informa Economics, delivered Connecting the Dots:Agriculture and Politics, Washington and Global Issues, at the 93rd annual meeting of the American Sugar Cane League in Lafayette, La.
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10/20/2015 3:59:24 PM

Ricky Gonsoulin farms in Iberia Parish, LouisianaWASHINGTON - The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) agreed today by a 6 to 0 vote that Mexico's sugar industry harmed American producers by dumping subsidized sugar onto the U.S. market.

The verdict means that an accord signed by the U.S. and Mexican governments to establish a needs-based trading structure and stop Mexico's abuses will remain in effect for at least five years.


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9/17/2015 5:15:47 PM

Sugarcane farmer Todd LandryWASHINGTON- The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) today ruled that Mexico's sugar industry unfairly dumped subsidized sugar onto the U.S. market. Mexico's sugar industry was found to be dumping at margins of 40.48 percent to 42.14 percent and subsidized from 5.78 percent to 43.93 percent. Mexico's government-owned sugar mills were subsidized at 43.93 percent. READ THE STORY



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8/11/2015 3:30:39 PM

Farm Bill Sugar PolicyJim Simon of the American Sugar Cane League said that preservation of the 2014 Farm Bill as passed by Congress is critical to maintain agriculture's standing in the United States' economy.


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7/13/2015 11:36:49 AM
Atticus FingerAgronomist Atticus Finger of Labaideville has been hired by the American Sugar Cane League to manage seed cane increase stations in the Bayou Teche region and northern parishes of Louisiana's sugarcane belt.
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4/24/2015 11:36:05 AM
TPP CopuntriesThe Louisiana sugar industry is following the trade negotiations in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership accord with a keen eye, said Jim Simon, manager of the American Sugar Cane League. READ THE STORY

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2/24/2015 3:47:17 PM
Michael G. MelanconBreaux Bridge sugarcane producer Michael G. Melancon was elected the president of the American Sugar Cane League at the group's annual meeting February 3, 2015 at the Lafayette Hilton.In addition to Melancon, Charles Schudmak of White Castle was elected vice president, Gregory Gravois of Vacherie, secretary and Randall Romero of Jeanerette, treasurer. In other League news, Herman Waguespack Jr. of Thibodaux was promoted to the position of senior agronomist after serving as agronomist for the League since 1985.READ THE STORY

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10/28/2014 3:47:23 PM

Louisiana SugarcaneAmerican Sugar Cane League (ASCL) Manager Jim Simon said U.S. and Mexican government officials yesterday initialed an accord to suspend the ongoing antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of sugar from Mexico.


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10/8/2014 1:40:38 PM
Cane Families Care

"Cane Families Care" is the theme of a new sugarcane industry initiative aimed at promoting driver safety within the agricultural sector and the motoring public, said Frankie Sotile, a sugarcane farmer from Ascension Parish.



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9/18/2014 5:27:54 PM

From Louisiana's Sugar Belt to Your TableHow is sugarcane, Louisiana'ss number one row crop, turned into the sugar that's in your sugar bowl?

The answer is explained in "From Louisiana's Sugar Belt to Your Table," a new, full color, 16-page educational brochure designed for students of all ages.

The brochure is published by the American Sugar Cane League (ASCL) and available for immediate distribution. READ THE STORY



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8/26/2014 6:09:48 PM
American Sugar AllianceWASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) today said Mexican sugar subsidies are giving Mexico's sugar mills an unfair trade advantage.


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7/1/2014 2:20:40 PM
Windell JacksonASCL Senior Agronomist Windell Jackson retired June 30, 2014 after 41 years of service to Louisiana's sugar industry.

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5/9/2014 12:17:00 PM
Dumping

WASHINGTON - American businesses and taxpayers have been harmed by the unfair trading practices of Mexico's sugar industry, which has dumped subsidized sugar onto the U.S. market, according to a preliminary ruling today by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).


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4/8/2014 3:18:50 PM
In 1922, Louisiana’s sugarcane growers and millers were faced with a difficult decision: change or die.
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3/24/2014 10:56:06 AM
Farm Labor

Efficiencies rule American agriculture. Cotton, beans and corn can be picked by a combine that can harvest six rows at a time. In the 1960s, a Louisiana sugarcane farmer could only manage a 400-acre farm. Today, that same sugarcane farmer can effectively cultivate a 2,000-acre and bigger farm. Tied in with improvements in transportation, manufacturing, distribution and computers, the American farmer provides American families with the lowest food costs in the world.


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2/24/2014 2:34:49 PM
Gravois ThumbnailThe 2012 sugarcane harvest was a record production year, not just for sugarcane farmers, but also for the Midwestern beet farmers. It would be impossible for the 2013 crop to even come near 2012's output, right? Well, not exactly.


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2/5/2014 10:51:02 AM
ASCL

Lafayette, La. - Several hundred of Louisiana's sugarcane farmers and millers were listening to national agricultural journalist Jim Wiesemeyer's talk about the sugar industry at the 91st annual meeting of the American Sugar Cane League at Hilton Lafayette when they got word that the United States Senate approved a new five-year farm bill. The audience burst into a spontaneous round of applause.


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2/5/2014 10:49:35 AM
Jim Simon thumbLAFAYETTE, LA. - Jim Simon, manager of the American Sugar Cane League (ASCL), said the 2013 sugarcane crop was, from a production stand point, one of the best in the 219-year history of Louisiana sugarcane farming despite two hard freezes during the harvest.
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1/13/2014 2:03:01 PM
January Harvest ThumbThe Louisiana sugarcane plant is a remarkable biological organism well suited to Acadiana's extraordinary climate.

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10/3/2013 3:57:20 PM
Billboard

The American Sugar Cane League is serious about promoting driver safety during the 2013 harvest season and has placed billboards on Louisiana's highways with its safety message to prove its point.


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8/21/2013 6:44:30 PM

Greg Nolan of Thibodaux will reign as King Sucrose LXXII over the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival to be celebrated in New Iberia on September 26-28.


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8/20/2013 3:22:15 PM

Farm safety is of paramount concern now that sugarcane planting is in full swing and the motoring public needs to be aware, said Mike Daigle, president of the American Sugar Cane League.


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4/30/2013 4:15:35 PM

Sugarcane Family SignThe American Sugar Cane League unveiled a new Louisiana Sugar Cane Family sign that will be available to sugarcane farmers and millers but also to the general public, said League president Mike Daigle.


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12/3/2012 5:50:13 PM
The 2012 sugarcane harvest and milling season is running at peak production levels and farmers and millers are rushing to bring in the crop, but cane researchers methodically continue to look for ways to lessen the impact and possibly eliminate the need for field burning.
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11/26/2012 5:39:00 PM
The American Sugar Cane League (ASCL) passed a resolution encouraging the United States Army Corps of Engineers to look at ways to protect sugarcane and other agricultural farmland in Louisiana's Sugar Belt.
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10/3/2012 4:58:20 PM
When ancient farmers planted their crops, they paid homage to God, and they have been doing so ever since. Catholicism and sugarcane have been linked ever since the Jesuits prayed for sugarcane success when they first planted the crop in the Bayou State in the 1700s.
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9/7/2012 5:30:02 PM
If it's September in south Louisiana, a lot of wonderful traditions are taking place. There is football season, of course! Also, who doesn't love the beginning of gumbo weather? And don't forget the sugarcane harvest.
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8/31/2012 5:35:35 PM
When the Iberville Parish sandbag machine was failing to keep up with demand from residents during Hurricane Isaac, area sugarcane farmers stepped up to lend a hand.
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8/20/2012 5:22:17 PM
The Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival and Fair Association announced today that New Iberia sugarcane farmer Daniel E. Gonsoulin will reign as King Sucrose LXXI over the 2012 Sugar Cane Festival Sept. 27-30.
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8/19/2012 5:16:41 PM
Local bankers are always competing for customers but one thing they agree on is that the sugarcane industry is good for business.
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7/26/2012 12:21:27 PM
American Sugar Cane League General Manager Jim Simon announced today that Sam Irwin has been hired to serve as the League's public relations director.

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6/2/2004 12:27:28 PM
The American Sugar Cane League is pleased to announce that James H. Simon has been hired as the General Manager of the League. He will assume his new duties on June 7, 2004.
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