WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) today announced the marketing assistance loan rates for sugar for crop year 2016 (fiscal year 2017). CCC also announced provisions of the fiscal year 2017 domestic sugar program.

USDA Announces Fiscal Year 2017 Sugar Loan Rates, Allotment and Marketing Allocations

Release No. 0136.16

Contact:
Kent Politsch
(202)720-7163

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) today announced the marketing assistance loan rates for sugar for crop year 2016 (fiscal year 2017). CCC also announced provisions of the fiscal year 2017 domestic sugar program.

USDA offers marketing assistance loans to processors of sugar beets and domestically grown sugarcane to provide interim financing to producers so that commodities can be stored after harvest when market prices are typically low to be sold later when price conditions are more favorable. The national average loan rate is 18.75 cents per pound for raw cane sugar and 24.09 cents per pound for refined beet sugar, the same as last year, and are adjusted regionally to reflect marketing cost differentials.

The loans are available beginning Oct. 1, 2016, and mature at the end of the nine-month period beginning the first day of the first month after the month in which the loan is made, or the end of the fiscal year in which the loan is made, whichever is earlier. Producers have the option of delivering the pledged sugar collateral to CCC as full payment for the loan at maturity.

Loan Rates for Refined Beet Sugar

The refined beet sugar processing regions and applicable 2016-crop (fiscal year 2017) loan rates in cents per pound of refined beet sugar are:

  • Michigan and Ohio – 25.29
  • Minnesota and the eastern half of North Dakota – 23.65
  • Northeastern quarter of Colorado, Nebraska and the southeastern quarter of Wyoming – 24.00
  • Montana, northwestern quarter of Wyoming and the western half of North Dakota – 23.71
  • Idaho, Oregon and Washington – 24.23
  • California – 24.70

Loan Rates for Raw Cane Sugar

The 2016-crop (fiscal year 2017) raw cane sugar loan rates in cents per pound of cane sugar, raw value are:

  • Florida – 18.32
  • Hawaii – 17.88 (18.75 cents per pound if stored on the mainland)
  • Louisiana – 19.42
  • Texas – 18.56

Sugar beet and sugarcane processors who receive CCC loans in fiscal year 2017 are required to make minimum grower payments for all sugar beets and sugarcane received from growers. Processors failing to meet the required minimum grower payment will be ineligible for loans. Sugar beet grower minimum payments are the amount specified in the grower/processor contract.

Sugarcane processors must, at minimum, pay growers for their share of production from molasses and sugar per ton of cane as specified here. State minimum payments are:

  • Florida – $28.39 per net ton
  • Hawaii – $27.53 per net ton
  • Louisiana – $29.11 per gross ton
  • Texas – $25.44 per gross ton

CCC has not modified the fiscal year 2017 raw sugar loan schedule of premiums and discounts because the raw cane sugar loan rate has not changed. These schedules can be found in the Farm Service Agency (FSA) handbook 10-SU, which is available at www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/10-su_r04_a24.pdf, or in FSA’s state and county offices.

Initial Fiscal Year 2017 Sugar Allotment and Marketing Allocations

CCC is announcing the initial fiscal year 2017 overall sugar marketing allotment, which is established at 10,268,000 short tons, raw value. The overall sugar marketing allotment is equal to 85 percent of the estimated quantity of sugar for domestic human consumption for the crop year of 12,080,000 short tons, raw value as forecast in the September 2016 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report. Statute requires that a fixed portion of the overall sugar marketing allotment be assigned to the beet sector and the cane sector. CCC distributed the fiscal year 2017 beet sugar allotment of 5,580,658 short tons, raw value (54.35 percent of the overall sugar marketing allotment) among the sugar beet processors and the cane sugar allotment of 4,687,342 short tons, raw value (45.65 percent of the overall sugar marketing allotment) among the sugarcane states and processors.

The Farm Bill requires that 325,000 short tons, raw value of the cane sector allotment be assigned to “offshore” states, meaning Puerto Rico and Hawaii. When the last Puerto Rican cane processor permanently terminated operations in 2004, CCC reassigned the Puerto Rico allocation of 6,356 short tons, raw value to Hawaii. When the Hawaiian processor, Gay and Robinson, permanently terminated operations in 2009, CCC reassigned 73,145 short tons, raw value to the lone remaining processor, Hawaii Commercial & Sugar Company. This company announced in January 2016 that its sugar operations will be phased out by the end of 2016, and it is estimated that it will not need 200,000 tons of its allocation. In total, CCC reassigned 279,501 short tons, raw value of the combined Puerto Rican and Hawaiian unused allotments to the “mainland” sugarcane-producing states of Florida, Louisiana and Texas.

CCC determined that farm-level proportionate shares are not necessary in Louisiana in fiscal year 2017, the only state eligible for proportionate shares, because the cane sugar sector is not expected to fill its allotment.

USDA will closely monitor stocks, consumption, imports and all sugar market and program variables on an ongoing basis. USDA will continue to administer the sugar program as transparently as possible using the latest available data, and make adjustments as necessary to ensure adequate supplies of both raw and refined sugar in the domestic market.

The initial fiscal year 2017 sugar marketing state allotments and processor allocations are listed in the table below:

FY 2017 OVERALL BEET/CANE ALLOTMENTS AND ALLOCATIONS
DistributionInitial FY17 Allocations
(short tons, raw value)
Beet Sugar5,580,658
Cane Sugar4,687,342
TOTAL OAQ10,268,000
  
BEET PROCESSORS' MARKETING ALLOCATIONS: 
Amalgamated Sugar Co.1,194,861
American Crystal Sugar Co.2,052,321
Michigan Sugar Co.576,345
Minn-Dak Farmers Co-op.387,571
So. Minn Beet Sugar Co-op.753,211
Western Sugar Co.569,620
Wyoming Sugar Growers, LLC 146,728
TOTAL BEET SUGAR5,580,658
  
STATE CANE SUGAR ALLOTMENTS: 
Florida2,494,885
Louisiana1,930,074
Texas216,884
Hawaii45,499
TOTAL CANE SUGAR4,687,342
  
CANE PROCESSORS'  MARKETING ALLOCATIONS: 
Florida 
Florida Crystals1,027,210
Growers Co-op. of FL448,793
U.S. Sugar Corp.1,018,882
TOTAL2,494,885
  
Louisiana 
Louisiana Sugar Cane Products, Inc.1,339,918
M.A. Patout & Sons590,155
TOTAL1,930,074
  
Texas 
Rio Grande Valley216,884
  
Hawaii 
Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company45,499
  
1 Name changed on 10/8/2015 

For more information, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/pricesupport or contact your local FSA office. To find your local office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.

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