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October 20, 2015
U.S. Government Rules Against Mexican Sugar Industry in Trade Case
WASHINGTON— The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) agreed today by a 6 to 0 vote that Mexico’s sugar industry harmed American producers by dumping subsidized sugar onto the U.S. market.
The verdict means that an accord signed by the U.S. and Mexican governments to establish a needs-based trading structure and stop Mexico’s abuses will remain in effect for at least five years.
“U.S. sugar producers want NAFTA to operate as intended and to foster free and fair sugar trade between Mexico and the United States,” said Phillip Hayes, a spokesman for the U.S. sugar industry. “Today’s ruling helps accomplish that goal by upholding the governments’ agreement and addressing the unfair trade practices that were injuring American farmers, workers, and taxpayers.”
Hayes explained that the ITC vote, “validates the serious claims made by sugar producers when they first filed cases against Mexico in March 2014.”
The ITC and U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) launched antidumping and countervailing duty investigations into Mexico’s sugar industry shortly after the cases were brought.
The DOC inquiry concluded on Sept. 16 and found that Mexico’s sugar industry had benefitted from subsidy rates up to 44 percent and had shipped sugar to the United States at dumping margins of more than 42 percent. The ITC finished its examination today, ruling that these actions materially injured U.S. interests.
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From Beet to Sweet!
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Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative (MDFC) has a 1200 acre footprint in Richland County, North Dakota. The Cooperative is owned by approximately 500 sugarbeet growers who collectively grow 115,000 acres of sugarbeets. MDFC employs about 304 year-round, 147 seasonal and 295 harvest employees.
MDS Startup February 4, 2015
18 months of construction have culminated with Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative’s official processing of molasses through the Molasses Desugarizing Facility, starting another exciting chapter in the history of the cooperative!