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Statements from the 26th International Sweetener Symposium

We are offering soundbites from many of those participating in the 26th International Sweetener Symposium, being held August 1st-5th in Park City, Utah.  (Unless otherwise noted, statements are available in 96 kbps only.)  Last updated on Tuesday, August 4th, at 03:43 PM Eastern Time.

-- How Will You Use This Story? --

For a fully produced report concerning a new study to be presented at the Symposium on how candy companies--including those that have moved operations out of the U.S.--are still enjoying healthy sales, click here.

Also available is a feature produced by The Hand That Feeds U.S. about the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida--which is a driving force in the U.S. sugar industry today, even though it came from a humble beginning, literally sprouting from the hard work of a few farmers.  The feature recounts the history of that cooperative, as well as the standards of pride, tenacity, guts, family, and community of those who built it.  Click here for the audio (13:04; available only in 48 kbps).

-- Statements from Steve McClam, vice president, AgFirst Farm Credit Bank --

Response to "How much is credit tied to the Farm Bill?" (:33)

Response to "Despite oil and commodity prices dropping since last summer's highs, do high input costs continue to affect American farmers?" (:27)

-- Statements from Mary Kay Thatcher, director of public policy for agriculture policy, commodities, and livestock, American Farm Bureau Federation --

Response to "What is your organization hearing about the issues that are of greatest concern to farmers throughout the U.S.?" (:33)

Response to "With energy independence and security being a major issue today in the U.S., what role can renewable fuels play in the revitalization of rural America?" (:43)

Response to "How is implementation of the 2007 Farm Bill going?" (:45)

-- Statements from Brian O'Malley, president, Domino Foods --

Response to "Are you seeing evidence of a shift from high-fructose corn syrup to sugar?" (:25)

Response to "Are there any particular examples of this shift that you would like to mention?" (:49)

Response to "What is your assessment of the current sugar-supply situation in the U.S.?" (1:06)

-- Statements from Larry Combest, partner, Combest, Sell, & Associates, LLC --

Response to "Could you describe your work with the new pro-farmer group 'The Hand That Feeds U.S.'?" (:16)

Response to "What organizations are a part of this effort?" (:41)

Response to "You've been talking to national media outlets and reporters, many of whom know little about America's farmers; what have they been learning?" (1:19)

-- Statement from Craig Ruffolo, vice president, McKeany-Flavell --

Response to "How would things change for the U.S. food supply if the nation relied completely on sugar imports?" (1:01)

-- Statements from Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) --

Response to "Why is a strong Farm Bill so important to the U.S.?" (:23)

Response to "Is there anything else that you would like to add?" (:31)

-- Statements from Elizabeth Hamilton, advocacy and strategic partnerships director, Minnesota Corn Growers Association --

Response to "Could you discuss the results of a new internal survey of farmers?" (:17)

Response to "What is 'The Hand that Feeds U.S.' about?" (:16)

Response to "How can renewable fuels help farmers?" (:27)

Response to "How would you characterize the current health of rural America?" (:25)

Response to "Is there anything else that you would like to add?" (:12)

-- Statements from Katy Ziegler Thomas, vice president for government relations, National Farmers Union --

Response to "How is implementation of the 2007 Farm Bill going?" (:39)

Response to "What's the mood like at the WTO?  And, what challenges do America's farmers face?" (:40)

Response to "How have rising input costs and falling profit margins hurt rural America?" (:42)

Response to "What's the general mood of both rural America and American farmers?" (:41)

-- Statements from David Berg, president and CEO, American Crystal Sugar Company --

Response to "Could you describe some of the other things that processors do with beets--such as road de-icer, livestock feed, and even jet fuel?" (1:01)

Response to "Can good-paying union jobs contribute to America's economic recovery?" (:34)

Response to "How important is sugar production and processing to rural America?" (:27)

-- Statements from Tom Buis, CEO, Growth Energy --

Response to "How can ethanol play a role in America's energy and economic security?" (1:06)

Response to "Does increased use of ethanol drive up food prices for everyday Americans?" (:26)

Response to "How much does the average farmer really earn for his or her efforts?" (:27)

Response to "How have rising input costs and falling profit margins hurt rural America?" (:21)

Response to "What's 'indirect land use'?  And, why is it important for America's farmers?" (:47)

-- Statements from Paul Ryberg, president, African Coalition for Trade, and partner, Ryberg & Smith, LLC --

Response to "Why is a strong U.S. sugar policy important to developing nations where sugar is grown?" (:39)

Response to "How would a weak U.S. sugar policy hurt developing nations?" (:39)

Response to "How does Mexican sugar trade policy have an impact on developing nations?" (:45)

-- Statements from Russ Mauch, vice president, American Sugarbeet Growers Association, and treasurer, Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative --

Response to "How important is the sugar industry to North Dakota and Minnesota?" (:19)

Response to "What was your experience in Geneva recently?  And, what do you think about talk of the Doha Round kicking off again?" (:27)

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