Army Corps helped engineer rise of Big Sugar in Florida

07/23/2008 | Reuters

After decades of support from Florida taxpayers, U.S. trade law and the Army Corps of Engineers, Florida's "Big Sugar" industry could come to an end when the state buys 187,000 acres from U.S. Sugar Corp. Experts say the vast cane fields initially were made possible when the state drained the Everglades for agriculture, then were maintained by the federal government's efforts to "micromanage the landscape, keeping conditions just right for growers at taxpayers' expense." After the buyout, about 16,000 acres will be "converted into water storage reservoirs, treatment marches and a flow-way reconnecting the lake to the Everglades and Florida Bay."

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