Deadline is today to register for American Sugarbeet Growers Association annual meeting

The ASGA annual meeting is scheduled for Jan. 29-31 in Washington, D.C. On the agenda are the farm bill, ag labor, economic outlooks for sweeteners and more on the policies and business and sugar.

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American Sugarbeet Growers Association plans their annual meeting for later this month in Washington, D.C.
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Registration closes today for the American Sugarbeet Growers Association annual meeting.

The meeting, scheduled for Jan. 29-31 in Washington, D.C., is slated to feature a variety of policy, economics and business conversations.

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Here's what's on the program for the annual meeting:

The 2023 Farm Bill: It’s time to reauthorize the Farm Bill. All eyes will be on the Agriculture Committees in the coming year. Hear from each side of the Capitol on completed work, current status, and expectations moving forward. We expect to hear from Senators and Members of Congress on their work.


Pesticide Regulation, Litigation, and the Environmental Protection Agency: Hear from a senior level EPA official as American agriculture navigates a challenging legal and regulatory landscape that threatens important pesticides farmers rely on.

Federal Economic Incentives for Sustainability & Climate Practices: Hear from the USDA as they roll out billions of dollars in conservation and climate dollars to incentivize practices that improve environmental outcomes and aim to secure price premiums for growers.

The Future of Fertilizer, Pesticides, and Fuel: Growers are experiencing the high cost and limited availability of crop inputs. Hear from industry leaders in the fertilizer, pesticide, and fuel industries on the current environment of their products and what the future holds for availability and price.

Trucks and Rail Challenges and Where We Go from Here: Every industry has been impacted by trucking shortages and rail backlog. Our industry feels the pinch especially strongly to get inputs to our farms and sugar to our customers. Hear the views and expectations from leaders in the rail and trucking industries.

Enforcing the Mexican Suspension Agreements: Trade remedies are only as good as their enforcement. Since our successful antidumping and countervailing cases against Mexico, we’ve enjoyed a positive suspension agreement with Mexico. Hear the views from the Department of Commerce who oversees its enforcement.

Trade Policy of the Biden Administration: Reframing the objectives of trade agreements has been an active part of President Biden’s economic agenda. While the work does not grab headlines, USDA and USTR are busy at work. Hear from a top Administration trade official on the issues tackled the past two years and the outlook for the next two years.

Challenges to Fixing the Ag Labor Problem: Growers know that labor shortages start at the farm and extend throughout the processing and supply chain all the way to the end user. Congress has struggled to solve our nation’s labor shortage for many congresses. Hear from leaders at the negotiation table as agriculture presses congress for solutions.

Sugar Nutrition Policy and Consumer Perspectives: Global and national efforts continue to push consumers to reduce sugar consumption. Hear from Dr. Courtney Gaine of the Sugar Association about the challenges we face in the year ahead and what your industry is doing about it.


Economic Outlook for Agriculture and Sugar: Lately, we’ve enjoyed higher commodity prices despite high input costs. While we’ve seen price softening in recent months, its important that we understand how sugar compares to the rest of ag and how it fits into historical trends. Of course, we want the best estimation of where we are headed in the future. Hear from our industry’s chief economist on all that and more.

ASGA’s look back and lookahead: A lot has happened over the past year in Washington. We know, there is even more that awaits us in 2023. Hear from ASGA’s policy staff, Luther Markwart and Zack Clark on what went right, the threats that linger, and the items we look forward to tackling in the New Year.

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