The Hagstrom Report

Agriculture News As It Happens


Goodlatte sugar amendment defeated

The House Agriculture Committee today rejected a farm bill amendment to change the sugar program by a vote of 36 to 10.

The amendment, proposed by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., would have rolled back changes to the sugar program in the 2008 farm bill. Goodlatte said high sugar prices are driving confectionary jobs out of the country.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., urged a “no” vote, saying that rolling back the sugar support price made no sense when the bill raises target prices on other commodities.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., also urged a “no” vote, noting that the sugar program does not have an impact on the federal budget.