The Department of Agriculture has submitted to the White House budget office a proposal to address the glut in sugar supplies by buying excess inventory and selling it to ethanol producers. "We will make a decision following a review of all circumstances," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. Under the Flexible Feedstocks Program, the USDA would have to buy 484,000 metric tons of sugar to reduce stockpiles to a manageable level, said Frank Jenkins, president of broker Jenkins Sugar Group.

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