TC PALM: Sugar policy: Brian Mast expected to cast historic vote to reduce sugar farmers' support

TC Palm: Written by Tyler Treadway. April 30, 2018.

HUTCHINSON ISLAND — U.S. Rep. Brian Mast said Monday he'll probably vote for legislation to reduce support for sugar farmers.

"I expect I'll be supporting it when it comes up for a vote next week," Mast said of the Sugar Policy Modernization Act, "because it's important to the community I represent, and our waterways."

Editorial: It's time to modernize sugar policy 

Under the current Farm Bill, the government protects U.S. sugar producers by setting a minimum price for sugar, limiting foreign imports and domestic production, loaning money to growers and permitting them to repay those loans with raw sugar if prices fall too low.

The proposed amendment to the bill would make sugar import quotas more flexible and protect taxpayers from government-funded buyouts of surplus sugar. 

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