Minnesota's sugar beet growers endure a soft year

  • Article by: Mike Hughlett , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 5, 2013 - 8:39 PM

Sugar prices are down as Mexican imports surge, and Minnesota beet farmers’ incomes are expected to suffer as a result.

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joe_mnNov. 5, 13 9:47 PM

So every food product that uses sugar means their production costs are lower? Good for consumers?

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livefreeordNov. 6, 13 5:58 AM

Yes, good for consumers. End the import quotas, price supports and loan provisions. End it all. Sugar beet farming in the US is purely a contrivance of big ag and politicians. If they want to make sugar, they need to compete world wide.

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jjpulczinskiNov. 6, 13 6:06 AM

If sugar prices are so low, how come in the store last week a 4-lb bag of sugar was almost the same price I paid for 10 lbs a couple years ago? Shouldn't sugar be cheaper in the store if there is an oversupply of sugar?

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sambisselNov. 6, 13 6:26 AM

What this writer fails to mention is that while the farmers may have less profit, others in the food chain will still get theirs. Sugar subsidies remain in place guaranteeing big ag a profit. So you get to pay twice for that sweet tooth, once for the sugar, and again as a taxpayer to the tune of over 800 million dollars in subsidies.

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sambisselNov. 6, 13 6:28 AM

Oh, and by the way, that excess sugar goes to ethanol producers who pay lesser ton by law than what the govt paid for it. So there's two industries we get to subsidize. Corporations are people my friend. When do we cut their benefits?

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joe_mnNov. 6, 13 7:13 AM

well, its not like i eat much sugar. or pay lots of taxes. yep, dream world

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bjdimondNov. 6, 13 7:16 AM

Econ 101 is many years in the rear view mirror but...subsidies encourage additional production and additional supply; as supply increases price decreases unless additional demand is created. Since additional demand is created in the ethanol industry price with government mandated lower prices the situation is exacerbated. Get out of the sugar subsidy business! Senators Franken and Klobuchar - your claims of victory for the state with ongoing sugar subsideies are disengenuous at best, a function of being beholden to Big Ag due to campaign contributions at worst.

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acctsah2Nov. 6, 13 9:26 AM

Why? Why in the world are we still subsidizing sugar? Because they have enough money to lobby congress? Because sugar is so vital and healthy for us we can't live without it? Because they are too big to fail? And who doesn't love to hear that they were able to pay off a loan using sugar. I am going to go to the bank and tell them it was a rough month so I will be paying you with sugar. I think it will go well.

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moparfoolNov. 6, 13 2:35 PM

We the taxpayers subsidize sugar, ethanol, and many other ag products because Big Ag pays a lot of money to politicians to keep the taxpayer paid subsidies flowing. Klobuchar, Franken, John Kline, et. al. get lots of $$$ from Big Ag, and fight all the time to keep the spigot open. You didn't think these politicians were working for a lower deficit and the taxpayers, did you?

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Jakein08Nov. 6, 13 3:07 PM

Karma for what these farmers and Crystal sugar did to their factory workers (whose incomes are not subsidized) Let's stop the corporate welfare now!

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