"Chamber Passes Resolution to Support American Sugar Cane League”
NEW IBERIA, LA- At its August Board Meeting, the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce (GICC) unanimously voted to support the American Sugar Cane League in its efforts to maintain the current federal legislation regulating the sugar industry, as it was exemplified in the 2008 Farm Bill.
"We strongly encourage Congress to work with Louisiana sugar producers to adopt a strong sugar policy in the 2012 Farm Bill,” said Mike Armentor, GICC Chairman. "The current policy keeps sugar prices low for consumers, operates at no-cost to taxpayers, and strengthens the country’s food security. The 2012 Farm Bill, as it is now, supports the product- end of the process or "big candy, as it was referred to in our meeting.”
"There are times when local perspective and national perspective differ, and this is one of those time when as a local chamber , we separate ourselves from the U.S. Chamber position, said, Janet Faulk-Gonzales, GICC President/CEO, "It is imperative that we support the sugar industry, literally, at its grass roots.”
Ricky Gonsoulin, representing the American Sugar Cane League made a brief presentation to the board, prior to the board vote; then, returned promptly to harvesting his cane.
Iberia Parish is the number one parish in cane production. The sugar cane industry in Louisiana contributes $3.5 billion to the state’s economy.