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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.


4/24/2017 11:40:54 AM
The HillLouisiana's sugarcane farmers are among the most efficinient in the world so why do they need trade protection? Becasue the world sugar market is a dump market. Read this story from The Hill about the bold "zero for zero" trade policy proposal. READ THE STORY


4/24/2017 11:17:34 AM
Louisiana sugarcane fieldIt was a sad day when Hawaii's sugarcane industry closed up shop last year. Why did Hawaii go out of business? For many reasons but low prices had a lot to do with it. Here is a video report on the United States sugarcane industry from Iowa Public Television's Market to Market show. Story by Josh Buettner.

Chris Benjamin/President & CEO – Alexander & Baldwin, Inc./General Manager – Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company (2009-2011): "Good morning and thank you all for being here today…the day we hoped would never come…but it’s here. There is a modest sense of defeat here today as we are faced with the reality that we were not able to stave off the economic and external forces that have been conspiring against us for so long.” WATCH THE VIDEO


4/24/2017 10:14:49 AM
Louisiana Sugarcane harvest crewLouisiana's sugarcane industry is unique. It produces a top flight sugar harvest that is the envy of the world. But if the the state's mills cannot get the guest workers it needs to make raw sugar from cane juice our 221-year-old industry may be in jeopardy. Read Baton Rouge Business Report's April 11, 2017 on the trouble with the national H2A and H2B guest worker visa program. Story by Annie Ourso. READ THE STORY


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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3/21/2017 10:43:39 AM
Travis Medine and brohersTravis Medine, a fifth-generation Louisiana sugarcane farmer from West Baton Rouge Parish, addressed national legislators, government administration officials and reporters about the upcoming farm bill debate. READ THE STORY


3/17/2017 10:00:17 AM
Sugar SchoolA group of 26 Louisiana sugarcane farmers have enrolled in a "sugar school" to learn more about he science and economics of making sugar. LSU AgCenter writer Olivia McClure filed this report on the opening session of the class. READ THE STORY

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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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2/8/2017 11:36:04 AM
Courtney Gaine

Courtney Gaine believes in her product so much she eats M&Ms for breakfast. Gaine is the president and CEO of the Sugar Association, a trade association based in Washington, D.C. Peculiar diet aside, she nonetheless looks fit enough to step back on the basketball court for the University of Connecticut, where she played four seasons for legendary coach Geno Auriemma, her last year in 1999 as co-captain for the national powerhouse team.

Lafayette Daily Advertiser reporter kKn Stickney filed this report on Dr. Gaine's address before the annual meeting of the American Sugar Cane League. READ THE STORY


1/25/2017 2:16:40 PM
LSU AgCenter Economist DelibertoAmerican Sugar Cane League manger Jim Simon announced a new school for Louisiana sugarcnae farmers will begin this year on the Louisiana State University campus. Simon made the announcement at the St. Martin Parish LSU AgCenter sugarcane grower meeting January 23. READ THE STORY BY LSU AGCENTER WRITER BRUCE SCHULTZ


1/13/2017 10:26:43 AM
Cane harvest on Vallot farmThe 2016 Louisiana sugarcane season has ended with a record set for the amount of sugar obtained per ton of cane.

"Tonnage was really light, but we blew the roof off sugar recovery,” said LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois.

The average sugar recovery set a record at 246 pounds of sugar per ton of cane. The previous record was 232 pounds, he said. Writer Bruce Schultz of the LSU AgCenter filed this report. READ THE STORY


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12/26/2016 11:53:30 AM
Daily CometBridget Mire of Thibodaux's Daily Comet reported on the end of Louisiana's sugarcane harvest. Here's her leade: While many were opening presents Christmas morning, sugar-cane farmer Ronnie Waguespack was in the field bright and early. READ THE STORY


12/12/2016 9:57:22 AM
LSU AgCenterFor nearly three months, sugarcane farmers have been harvesting their fields and trying to finish before the New Year. While the crop has been light in terms of tonnage, sugar recovery has been excellent. LSU AgCenter reporter Craig Gautreaux has the story. WATCH THE VIDEO.

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10/20/2016 10:24:34 AM
Daily Iberian IberiaNet.comReporter Laura Gary of the Daily Iberian filed this story about the early harvest activities in the Bayou Teche region. READ THE STORY

10/10/2016 12:57:22 PM
TWILAHow did the Louisiana sugarcane crop fare after the August flood of 2016? Not bad at all. This Week in Louisiana Agriculture's A.J. Sabine reports from Youngsville WATCH THE VIDEO

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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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9/21/2016 2:29:31 PM
Wet sugarcane fieldThe summer of 2016 will go down as one of the wettest in Louisiana history with more than 40 inches of rain reported during the season in some areas. What has all the rain done for the sugarcane crop? Well, it made it too wet to get planting done on a timely basis. Read Emma Discher of the Daily Comet's report on the start of the sugarcane harvest season. READ THE STORY

9/20/2016 4:02:04 PM
Gonsoulin FamilyAnthony "Joe" Judice can trace his family back to Louis Judice Jr. who bought land along Bayou Teche in 1772. His family still farms there today as the Judice Brothers in Loreauville. Joe Judice has three sons involved in an operation that has roots back to the first Jacques Judice in Louisiana, about 1718. Vickie Branton of the Daily Iberian penned this fine story about some of the outstanding sugarcane farming families of south Louisiana. READ THE STORY





9/20/2016 3:15:47 PM
Kassi Berard Sugarcane FarmerShanna Perkins of Acadiana Lifestyle reported on the changing role of women in agriculture.

The agriculture industry is an ever-evolving entity. Through its existence few aspects have remained unchanged. In South Louisiana, the amount of roles involved in running a successful sugar cane farm or mill has increased. And the people who fill those roles, well, they look a little different now days. The vast changes in regulations and the advancements in technology have carved out a very specific niche that is being filled by women. READ THE STORY 


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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8/25/2016 10:42:57 AM
Justin Frederick and Stuart GauthierLSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois filed this report on the 2016 flood in south Louisiana and how it may or may not affect the upcoming harvest. READ THE STORY


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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8/3/2016 11:23:13 AM
Lula Sugar Mill, Belle Rose, La.COEUR D'ALENE, IDAHO -There are weak or no relationships between low sugar prices and both U.S. manufacturing jobs and U.S. retail sugar prices, according to a study discussed at the American Sugar Alliance's International Sweetener Symposium held in Coeur D'Alene on Aug. 2. Reported by the Food Business News


7/26/2016 3:42:15 PM
Al Orgeron at St. Martin Parish Sugarcane Field Day 2016(2016/07/26) ST. MARTINVILLE, La. - Farmers attending the 54th Annual Sugarcane Field Day for St. Martin, Lafayette and St. Landry parishes on July 22 heard encouraging news with a good crop report and improved prices. Reported by Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter READ THE STORY

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7/22/2016 12:06:52 PM
2016 St. Martin Sugarcane Field DayDozens of farmers and researchers attended the 54th annual St. Martin Parish Sugarcane Field Day held at the Louisiana Sugar Co-Operative in St, Martinville Friday, July 22. WATCH THE VIDEO


7/21/2016 1:05:51 PM
Blake Wilson at LSU Field Day(2016/07/21) ST. GABRIEL, La. - Louisiana sugarcane growers and consultants heard about a sporadic insect pest and a new, unidentified weed on July 20 during the annual field day at the LSU AgCenter Sugar Research Station. READ THE STORY


7/13/2016 10:23:45 AM
Sugar Cane FestivalJim Simon, manager of the American Sugar Cane League, was among the community leaders selected by the Sugar Cane Festival to honor the sugarcane industry, Louisiana's top row crop. The 75th annual Sugar Cane Festival will be held September 20th-25th in New Iberia. Also honored are Jimmy and Virginia Shea, Jessie Breaux, and Ted Viator. READ THE STORY



6/28/2016 9:56:00 AM
Kassi BerardKassi Berard, a Breaux Bridge and St. Martin Parish native, was selected the 2016 Outstanding Young Farm Woman, Thursday, June 23, at the 94th Annual Louisiana Farm Bureau Convention. READ THE STORY


6/23/2016 9:20:36 AM
Jack RoneyJack Roney, director of economics and policy analysis for the American Sugar Alliance, has been shaping United States national sugar policy for more than 40 years. Roney addressed the
American Sugar Cane League's summer Contact Committee meeting in Thibodaux, La. June 22, 2016. His message? U.S. sugar producers have been producing a reliable and safe source of sugar at a low cost for years but there are economic, market and public perception forces that want to change that. VIEW THE PRESENTATION

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6/9/2016 12:27:24 PM

West Indian Cane FlyThe West Indian canefly is a sporadic pest of sugarcane in Louisiana that establishes after a mild winter, such as this past winter of 2015-16. The canefly is a piercing/sucking insect that feeds on plant sap and excretes honeydew, which promotes the growth of sooty mold on the leaves and leaf sheaths.


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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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6/2/2016 2:47:14 PM
Raceland Sugar Mill

A $60 million sugar cane conversion facility called the B2X plant is nearing completion and will be ready to open in early fall in Raceland, according to plant manager Carey Buckles. Construction began in February of 2015. Walkthroughs of the plant to check for completion and accuracy began this week. Reported by Emma Discher of HoumaToday.com. READ THE HOUMATODAY.COM STORY



5/30/2016 12:48:47 PM
The Advocate

It's been a while since Louisiana cane farmer Thomas Viator felt this good about his crop and the prospects of fetching a good price when the sugar is harvested at the end of this year.

A mild winter and rain that has tapered down to just enough has his cane looking good. Even better, though, is a consumer market that's veering from ingesting genetically modified foods.

And in this case, that means sugar cane's main rival -- northern-grown, genetically modified sugar beets  -- is falling out of favor with consumers. READ MORE OF ADVOCATE REPORTER BILLY GUNN'S NEWS STORY



5/27/2016 9:45:50 AM
Daily Comet

American Sugar Cane League senior agronomist Herman Waguespack said the prospects for the 2016 cane harvest look good at this point. Reporter Emma Discher of the Daily Comet interviewed Waguespack and filed this story in the Thibodaux Daily Comet and Houma courier.

"This year"s sugar-cane crop looks better than average despite an unusually wet fall and spring.

The wet weather has affected many other crops, but the sugar-cane crop should be strong after a mild winter and warm spring, local farmers said." READ THE STORY


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5/17/2016 1:40:44 PM
Can Field West Baton Rouge

The latest sugarcane variety to be released shows several positive characteristics, including good yields and cold tolerance, according to LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois.

The variety, HoCP 09-804, is the only release this year. It was bred and selected at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Sugarcane Research Unit in Houma, Gravois said.

The new variety began its journey toward being released back in 2004. It takes an average of 12 years from the initial cross to the release of a variety that's ready to be planted by growers, Gravois said. 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

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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5/10/2016 9:41:27 AM
The AdvocateAdvocate reporter Ted Griggs writes on the growing trend of institutional investors buying up farmland and how it affects Louisiana farmers in this May 8, 2016 article. READ THE STORY
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4/28/2016 9:58:25 AM
LASUCA thumbnailThe LSU AgCenter and the American Sugar Cane League sponsored an informational seminar on sugar factory operations at the AgCenter Sugarcane Research Station in St. Gabriel April 20, 2016. READ THE STORY
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4/14/2016 12:47:41 PM
Reg Wallace 1931-2016

Regnal Wallace, former broadcaster and Information Director for the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation passed away Wednesday at his home in Crowville after a brief illness. He was 81.

Wallace is considered the original "Voice of Louisiana Agriculture." He was the founding broadcaster of the Louisiana Agri-News Radio Network and the creator and host of the weekly television show "This Week in Louisiana Agriculture," which still runs in syndication today after 34 years. 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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3/1/2016 2:20:18 PM
Charley Richard 2016Charley Richard, a prominent Louisiana sugarcane researcher and crop consultant, was recognized with the 2016 American Sugar Cane League President's Award at the group's annual meeting February 2 in Lafayette, Louisiana.
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2/24/2016 1:20:06 PM
Teche TodayReporter Karl Jeter of the St. Martin Parish Teche News penned this excellent story on Antoine Fontenette's retirement. Fontenette retired in February 2016 after 66 years in the boiler room at the Louisiana Sugar Cane Co-Operative sugar mill in the St. John community. READ THE STORY

2/18/2016 11:36:47 AM

Agri News by Don MolinoThe Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction will honor its 2016 inductees during a banquet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 17 at L'Auberge Hotel in Baton Rouge.


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2/16/2016 11:00:30 AM

American Sugar Cane League

Governor John Bel Edwards spoke at the 93rd annual meeting of the American Sugar Cane League in early February. The meeting hall was standing room only during the governor's speech. I'm sure the governor was a draw but the day's wet weather also got some farmers out of the fields and into the conference room. All due respect to the Governor Edwards, if the sun is out and the fields are dry, a lot of farmers would rather be working the cane rows than listening to speeches.



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2/3/2016 10:40:24 AM
Governor John Bel EdwardsLouisiana Governor John Bel Edwards laid out his plans for the state; voices strong support for LSU Ag Center. His appearance was covered by This WeeK in Louisiana Agriculture, Lafayette's Daily Advertiser, Baton Rouge's Advocate,KATC-TV and KADN-TV.

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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1/10/2016 2:09:06 PM
Advocate reporter Billy Gunn reported that the 2015 Louisiana sugarcane harvest wrapped up this week. It was a season of adversity for the state's farmers and millers.

Louisiana's 2015 sugar cane harvest was a wet, muddy mess, farmers and industry experts said late last week, as the last of the state's 11 sugar mills were finishing up grinding for the season.

"It's been nasty. We've had a tough year," said Jim Simon, general manager of the American Sugar Cane League.

Despite the challenges this year's crop yields have been decent, and the going 24 cents per pound sugar is getting now is decent, too.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated Louisiana's 465 cane growers would produce 1.45 million tons of raw sugar from the 2015 crop, Simon said. However, he estimated that 10 percent to 15 percent was lost because of the weather.



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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2/3/2015 11:35:57 AM
Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus of Virginia Tech University and nationally recognized agricultural economist, will present the keynote address, "Straight Talk, Straight Actions: Managing Your Farm Through a Changing Economy," to the attendees of the American Sugar Cane League's annual meeting. VIEW THE SLIDE SHOW
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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).



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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6/6/2013 6:05:17 PM
The American Sugar Cane League, on behalf of Louisiana sugar cane growers and processors, successfully petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to create a "Seasonal Boiler" subcategory to the Area Source Boiler Rule to avoid a disproportionate burden on industries with short seasonal operations like Louisiana's sugarcane industry.
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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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