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State sees record year for raw sugar production

State sees record year for raw sugar production

LAFAYETTE, LA – Jim Simon of the American Sugar Cane League said the Louisiana sugarcane industry set a new record for raw sugar production with its 2012 crop.

“We had an outstanding year,” Simon said. “Never in our 219 year history have we made more raw sugar than we did this year.”

Simon said Louisiana’s 489 farmers and 11 sugar mills teamed up to produce 1.71 million tons of raw sugar, beating the old 1999 record of 1.67 million tons. Louisiana’s sugarcane harvest from the 22-parish Sugar Belt began in August and wrapped up on Jan. 15.

“There seems to be a slight pall over the industry because our price situation is not what we’ve become accustomed to the last few years,” Simon said. “But in the midst of our current price situation, we can’t lose sight of the fact that we had an outstanding year in Louisiana sugarcane production.”

Simon made his comments at the Feb. 5-6 joint annual meeting of the American Sugar Cane League (ASCL) and American Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (ASSCT) at the Hilton Hotel in Lafayette.