Hoeven Supports No-Cost Sugar Program in Farm Bill

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today supported the no-cost sugar program and worked to retain it as part of the Senate’s farm bill. A member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Hoeven worked to include the sugar program as part of the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act, which is currently being debated on the Senate floor.

“The sugar program provides American consumers with a dependable and affordable sugar supply while operating at no cost to U.S. taxpayers,” said Hoeven.

The U.S. sugar program helps to level the playing field for U.S. producers and ensures a stable, affordable sugar supply for U.S. consumers. American sugar producers are efficient, producing sugar at a lower cost than 70 other sugar producing countries and regions. Sugar policy helps support 142,000 American jobs and nearly $20 billion in annual economic activity. It is supported by the nation’s two largest agriculture groups, the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union.

As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Hoeven worked to craft a strong, bipartisan and cost-effective farm bill. The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act provides more than $23 billion in deficit reduction while ensuring that farmers and ranchers have strong support through enhanced crop insurance.