This American Sugarbeet Growers Association Annual Meeting is being held in the Arizona dessert, but the attention is squarely on what is happening in Washington, D.C. Euclid, Minnesota farmer Paul Rutherford, who is a board member with the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association and the ASGA, is grateful sugar programs were maintained in the new farm bill. “We have to put out a big thank you to Congressman Collin Peterson; he stuck up for our sugar industry.” China dominates the current trade discussion, but there are also negotiations taking place with the European Union. “Europe is struggling right now,” said Rutherford. “They’re really in a hurt bag right now and we understand they are closing two beet factories and their prices of sugar is way down. We’re hoping our administration will look at our domestic industry and make sure we stay here.”
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