In today’s show, get a 101 on what is going on in the U.S. sugar industry with American Sugar Alliance Director of Economics and Policy Analysis, Dr. Rob Johannson. As a former USDA Chief Economist, Dr. Johannson starts off with an overview on what ASA is a clearinghouse for both cane and sugarbeet growers, as well as a voice for the industry. He offers an explanation of what is going on with the sugar supply chain, sugar imports, sugar subsidies in other countries, and U.S. production, the effects of the U.S. mega-drought on growers, and COVID effects on the industry. He also talks about the loss and recovery post-Hurricane Ida.
Dr. Johannson makes for a great interview given his background and knowledge and how USDA works when it comes to USDA farmer programs, trade, and data. This interview is not only educational but relevant for both producers and the food business industry experts as he also talks about consumer trends that are evolving.