Welcome

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.

In The News

Dateline: Washington – Sugarbeet Growers

GMO Labeling — The most important issue we are working on with great urgency is getting a GMO labeling bill through Congress.  Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) released a draft bill on Feb-ruary 19 and was scheduled to move it through the Ag Committee on February 25. We need to move the bill… Continue Reading

The Prairie Star: Blogging to promote biotechnology in sugarbeet industry

Laura Rutherford personifies wholesome American agriculture: the mother of three young boys, a marathoner, and a ninth generation farmer, she and her husband, Roy, farm sugarbeets near Grafton in North Dakota’s Red River Valley.

She’s also an Internet savvy blogger bent on boosting the public’s perception of biotechnology.

“I’m really concerned about the amount of misinformation about biotechnology and farming and agriculture in general,” Rutherford said. “Less than 2 percent of the American population is involved in farming and agriculture, so the average person is so far removed from the farm that when they read stuff on social media and on the Internet they really can’t tell what’s true.”

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Sugar Policy Has Operated $634 Million Below Budget Since ‘08

The Congressional Budget Office is charged with providing Congress budget estimates for all government policies. Sugar policy is no different, and critics often like to point to these estimates – especially in the out years – as a way to criticize sugar farmers’ safety net. But just how accurate have these estimates turned out to… Continue Reading

Stakes On The Global Stage Are High. So Let’s Focus On…Sugar?

The President of the United States is in Europe discussing a global climate accord, which will hold economic and political ramifications for generations to come. Foreign allies are debating enhanced military involvement in the war on terror. Violence has gripped many U.S. cities. Racial tensions are flaring. A leading measure of U.S. manufacturing just fell… Continue Reading

Promises Kept or Promises Broken?

Congress made a promise to rural America when it passed the 2014 Farm Bill, which was the bi-partisan product of more than three years of careful deliberation and 40 hearings. Although the 2014 Farm Bill reduced spending by $23 billion, lawmakers promised farmers that the bill would still provide them a strong five-year safety net… Continue Reading

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