USDA Secretary Mike Johanns told Dow Jones Newswires that "the sugar program is part of the farm bill debate." The USDA sugar program uses a tariff rate to protect
"You have to do something with this program," Johanns says. "How best to approach that is still a debatable issue, but I don't believe there is anybody here in
The 'additional sugar' Johanns refers to is
Senate Agriculture Committee member Norm Coleman, R-Minn., suggests that ethanol could provide a solution for
"I hope we look at a sugar-to-ethanol policy where it would be possible to rake some of the excess imports and put it into energy," he says.
Sugarcane is a more efficient source of ethanol feedstock than corn.