After nearly three decades of involvement at the regional and national level, Euclid, Minnesota farmer Paul Rutherford in his last year as a member of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association board. Rutherford sees the sugarbeet industry as an economic engine for the region. The sugar industry has a $23 billion impact nationwide. “Just in the Red River Valley alone, it’s about $6.3 billion; 150,000 jobs nationwide and 20,000-to-25,000 in the Red River Valley,” said Rutherford. “If we didn’t have sugar, our small, rural communities would dry up.” Rutherford emphasized to RRFN the importance of farmers speaking up for their industry in Washington, D.C.
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