Minnesota congressman says U.S. sugar program likely to be continued Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said Wednesday that he is optimistic the U.S. sugar program will be continued in the next farm bill, but he said he is unsure when — or if — a proposed $1.78 billion Red River diversion to protect Fargo and Moorhead during flooding can be built given the current “fiscal environment.”
N.D., Minn. officials react to GOP presidential hopefuls’ debate call Monday to end federal sugar subsidies Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney called for the end of federal sugar subsidies during Monday’s Republican presidential debate in Florida, but Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., said Tuesday that the comments show the candidates are spreading “misinformation” about a vital program that does not subsidize the sugar industry.
After a “very emotional and very difficult” Tuesday meeting with about 70 American Crystal Sugar Co. employees in Grand Forks, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., said he is “not totally pessimistic” that a new development could end the lockout.
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