STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT 'Super-busy' harvest
Early October has brought beautiful weather (so far) to the Upper Midwest, and area farmers are taking advantage. The harvest of remaining crops -- mainly soybeans, corn, sugar beets, potatoes and sun... Posted on 10/2/12 at 10:12 AM
AMY'S RANCH SLANTS Weekend Cereal
Like most households, my family looks forward to weekends. It means they get to have weekend cereal!
I dubbed sugar-coated cereals weekend cereals a long time ago when I made it a rule one summer t... Posted on 5/27/11 at 8:00 PM
In Washington, a pivotal battle over sugar is heating up. One small corner of the wider culture war over public health and sweeteners, this fight isn’t about how much sugar should be in your food, but how much you should know about it.
Dave Garland, general manager of the Sidney Sugars Inc. beet sugar plant of Sidney, Mont., says he’d prefer to concentrate on making sugar. Instead, he spends a lot of his time working on housing and advertising to attract new workers in the middle of an oil boom.
I talked once with a guy, an American, shortly after he returned from vacation in Mexico. He told of how he’d wanted to eat “authentic” Mexican food, not “tourist” food. So he walked past two restaurants filled with tourists eating fried chicken; no “tourist” food for him. Finally, he found a restaurant serving local residents and ate “authentic” food with them. “Well, what did you have?” I asked. He hesitated an instant (he’d clearly told the story before; his timing was perfect) and said, “Fried chicken.”
The U.S. agricultural department said on Monday it would like to head off a protracted trade dispute with Mexico over sugar imports by encouraging a negotiated agreement before any sanctions are imposed.
The global sugar surplus era is coming to an end.
After three straight years of big surpluses, the sugar market is heading toward a balance or a small deficit next season because of adverse weather in Brazil and Asia, higher-than-expected Chinese demand and steady growth in consumption.
American Crystal Sugar officials are confident that U.S. sugar producers will get good news Friday, when the U.S. International Trade Commission determines whether to investigate allegations that Mexico is unfairly dumping sugar into U.S. markets and suppressing domestic sugar prices.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that it would initiate an investigation to determine if the Mexican government has subsidized Mexico’s sugar production and whether that sugar is being dumped into the U.S. market.
U.S. raw sugar futures rocketed to their strongest weekly gain in 3.5 years on Friday as an escalating trade dispute with Mexico kindled concerns about tighter supplies, breathing fresh life into the niche, thinly traded market.
U.S. sugar producers — suffering from plummeting sugar prices — on March 28 filed an antidumping and countervailing duty petition with the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Commerce Department.
FARGO, N.D. – Even though its growers will be paid about $370 million less for this year’s harvest compared to the one in 2012, the head of American Crystal Sugar Co. said Thursday he doesn’t expect sugar beet farmers to turn to other crops and abandon beets.
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