Sugar producers and confectioners are engaged in a heated lobbying battle over US sugar policy, with producers pointing to a pair of USDA reports as evidence of needed support. The American Sugar Alliance says USDA found average January sugar prices continued a downward spiral. The second report, the group says, shows America is building a significant sugar surplus, suggesting continued economic difficulty for producers. The trade group is trying to head off a move in Congress to trim government price supports, an action championed by many manufacturers.
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