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Florida Sugar Cane League

The Florida Sugar Cane League is a non-profit trade association of Florida growers and processors. The League was founded in 1964 and serves the interests of the members and promotes their projects and activities. All sugarcane farmers, mills and refineries including U.S. Sugar Corporation, Florida Crystals Corporation and the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida are members of the League.

The Florida Sugar Industry has a $3.27 Billion economic impact on the State and provides over 12,500 jobs in Florida.

 

Florida Sugar Cane League

The Rio Grande Valley Sugar Growers, Inc., was formed in 1970 by 100 farmers. Sugarcane has been an integral part of the Valley for more than 200 years. Today, 125 farmers grow sugarcane on more than 40,000 acres of farmland.

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“America’s sugarcane farmers and employees that operate our mills and refineries are thankful that the Senate approved its version of the farm bill with a strong 86 to 11 vote,” stated Ryan Weston, the CEO of the Florida Sugar Cane League and Washington Representative for the Rio Grande Valley Sugar Growers. “Senator Nelson and Senator Rubio worked hard to fend off amendments that would have attacked current U.S. sugar policy.”

A special thanks goes to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) for their leadership to help farmers across the country. Senators from all sections of the U.S. voiced support for America’s current no cost sugar policy.

We hope conference with the House proceeds quickly and smoothly. Both the House and Senate versions of the farm bill continue U.S. sugar policy.

The Florida Sugar Cane League and Rio Grande Valley Sugar Growers members produce raw sugar in Florida and Texas and have refineries in Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, New York and California.
Washington, D.C. – The Florida Sugar Cane League announced today that the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida, based in Belle Glade, FL, is once again represented by the industry trade association. This move ensures that the three major sugarcane companies in Florida – along with their independent growers – are fully united under the banner of the Florida Sugar Cane League as debate over no-cost American sugar policy takes place in Congress.

“With the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative, we are united under the Florida Sugar Cane League as Congress considers the future of farm policy and food security in America,” said Ryan Weston, CEO of the Florida Sugar Cane League. “Florida’s sugarcane farmers play such an important role in helping to secure America’s domestic food supply in one of the most important food producing regions of the entire country.”

Statement by Tony Contreras, President & CEO of the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative

“On behalf of our 44 member growers, their families and our employees, we are thrilled to once again be joined in a united front through the Florida Sugar Cane League with U.S. Sugar and Florida Crystals in Washington, D.C. efforts. Even when the Cooperative was not formally part of the League, we still worked together on common issues, particularly important legislative policies. We’re happy to provide a united voice on behalf of the more than 12,500 people in Florida employed by sugarcane farming and processing.”

Statement by Robert H. Buker, President & CEO of U.S. Sugar

“There’s always strength in numbers. With the Cooperative and its growers back on board, Florida’s representation in Washington is unified in its efforts to retain commonsense, zero-cost sugar policy in our nation’s capital. Both sugar as a matter of national farm policy and as a food product remain a bargain, and we intend to keep it that way. The last thing we need is for predatory foreign governments who heavily subsidize their own sugar farmers to be putting American farmers out of business. We’ve always been a formidable team when the Florida industry joins together for a common goal.”

Statement by Pepe Fanjul, Jr., Executive Vice President of Florida Crystals

“Florida Crystals partners with Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative on many business fronts and we’re delighted to work with them through the Florida Sugar Cane League. This announcement sends a message that our industry is more united than ever. We look forward to working with our friends at the Cooperative throughout the Farm Bill debate to ensure American sugarcane and sugar beet farmers, processors and refiners can continue to sustainably produce safe, affordable food here at home.”
Our Texas sugarcane farmers and mill employees appreciate the calls and emails of support they received before and after Hurricane Harvey made landfall. Our cane fields and mill didn’t face the brunt of this storm but many family members and friends were not so fortunate. The Rio Grande Valley Sugar Growers and Florida Sugar Cane League members, Florida Crystals and U.S. Sugar, have already procured several truckloads of water for delivery in Houston and Beaumont, Texas and Louisiana. And we will continue to closely follow the relief efforts in order to best provide assistance to those in need. Our thoughts and prayers to all who have been affected. We are now actively preparing in south Florida for the approaching Hurricane Irma
“The sugarcane farmers in America’s fields, and the employees in our mills and refineries are thrilled that the Senate approved Robert Lighthizer yesterday as the United States Trade Representative,” stated Ryan Weston, the CEO of the Florida Sugar Cane League and Washington Representative for the Rio Grande Valley Sugar Growers. “Lighthizer brings decades of experience to the position and is a strong proponent of enforcing trade laws.”

The Florida Sugar Cane League and Rio Grande Valley Sugar Growers members produce raw sugar in Florida and Texas and have refineries in Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, New York and California.

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The Sugar Cane Leagues mission is to promote and further the best interests of the sugar industries in the States of Florida and Texas by representing our companies’ growers, processors and their employees’ views in Washington, DC. To fulfill this mission, we use financial, administrative, procedural and policy objectives to accomplish our goal.

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