Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said quotas on sugar imports could be raised by about 24%, though an official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture says no final decision has been made. Americans pay more than the rest of the world for sugar because import restrictions mean U.S. farmers have little price competition. "Any increase in that quota would be welcome news for U.S. confectioners, who have been faced with high prices and tight supplies for months," said NCA's Susan Smith.

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