The Lovell Western Sugar Factory District saw a production loss of 41% from snowstorms this autumn/winter, according to statistics reported to the USDA by Western Sugar.
The Trump administration finalized U.S. biofuel blending requirements for 2020 on 19th December, leaving a key part of the rule unchanged from an earlier proposal that the corn lobby had criticized as inadequate to help struggling farmers, reported Reuters.
Skewed biofuels policy by the Trump administration whereby more oil refineries have been granted exemptions to blend ethanol in gasoline has invariably impacted the biofuels sector adversely and with it, the corn farmers supplying the feedstock.
India’s commerce ministry has turned down a request by the US to reduce the import duty on denatured ethanol entering the country, according to two senior government officials.
The sugar beet harvest as of Nov. 3 was the slowest on record since 2000, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in its Nov. 15 Sugar and Sweeteners Outlook. Rain and snow pelted crops in September and October. That was followed by a blizzard, and then warm temperatures that left fields a boggy mess. Next came a deep freeze, ruining the underground sugar beet crop, and dealing a harsh blow to farm incomes.
The Michigan Sugar Co. will close its Taylor-based sugar refinery plant, resulting in the layoff of 73 employees, the company recently disclosed.
In recent weeks, prospects for US sugar production have declined significantly due to adverse weather in both sugar beet and sugarcane regions. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), in its Nov. 8 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report has projected a significant decline in 2019-20 sugar output with stocks-to-use ratio forecast to drop to dangerously low 10.5%.
USA – Cold snap impacts harvesting – beet growers to recompense American Crystal Sugar US$848 for each hectare unharvested [Full subscriber]
A cold snap in North America is adversely impacting beet harvesting operations across the region. In most cases, these have been suspended. In one particular case, farmers will be stung with a bill for beet not harvested.
The Trump administration unveiled a plan on 4th October to boost U.S. biofuels consumption starting next year to help struggling farmers, a move that cheered the agriculture industry but triggered a backlash from Big Oil, reported Reuters.
A bipartisan group of 40 representatives and senators on Sept. 26 introduced the “Fair Sugar Policy Act of 2019” into the House (H.R. 4521) and the Senate (S.2568) seeking to amend the existing US sugar program.