The purpose of the organization is to unite sugarbeet growers in the United States and promote the common interest of state and regional beet grower associations, which include legislative and international representation and public relations.

Our members associations represent 10,000 family farmers in all 11 producing states (California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming). The Board of Directors donate their time and talents to ASGA in order to represent their growers' interests in maintaining a strong, profitable, efficient and productive industry. They and their fellow farmers are dedicated to supplying a portion of the consumer's sweetener needs. It is a challenge and responsibility that they take seriously and proudly accept.

National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard

The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law was enacted on July 29, 2016.  The statute requires the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture to create a final rule implementing a disclosure standard for bioengineered food.  On May 4, 2018, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service published a proposed rule to implement a disclosure standard.  The U.S. Beet Sugar Industry filed comments on July 3, 2018 in response to the proposed rule for the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (Disclosure Standard).  In our comments, we urged USDA to exclude refined ingredients, including refined sugar, from the scope of the Disclosure Standard.  We also wrote that, “Creating any presumption, even unintentionally, that beet sugar produced from transgenic sugarbeets is different or less desirable than its conventional counterparts or cane sugar is not supported by science.

Benefits of Genetic Engineering in Sugarbeets

The National Research Council Committee on Genetically Engineered Crops is to be commended for its timely and thorough review of Genetically Engineered (GE) crops. We believe that your comprehensive examination of the facts will provide additional insights and knowledge about the technology and enhance consumer confidence in the GE crops we produce and the food we consume.

In The News

Wreath Ceremony 2018

Wreath Ceremony 2018

On Sunday, February 4, 2018, American Sugarbeet Growers Association officers Galen Lee and Rick Gerstenberger laid a wreath on behalf of the ASGA at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Continue Reading

Announcement of ASGA Officers

On February 2, 2018, Richard Gerstenberger was elected President, Dan Younggren as Vice President and Pat Freese as Treasurer of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association (ASGA) for 2018 by farmer representatives from across the country who gathered for the ASGA annual meeting in Washington, DC. ASGA President Gerstenberger of Snover, Michigan, was previously Vice President… Continue Reading

The New GMOAnswers.com

With its refreshed site, GMO Answers continues to help visitors find better answers to their questions about agriculture, biotechnology and how our food is grown. As the conversation around GMOs continues to change, the refreshed website is an enhanced platform that allows GMO Answers to better serve consumers. The website’s enhanced search functionality will better… Continue Reading

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