The House has voted against a five-year, $500 billion farm bill, with Republicans demanding deeper cuts in the food stamp program, Democrats fighting that request and both sides decrying the other as partisan. The NCA sees the defeat as a second chance for sugar reform as Congress will have to address a new bill. “We created a strong coalition of partners to fight for sugar reform and visited every single member of Congress that does not have significant sugar growers in their district,” the NCA says. “We were persistent and met with some members of Congress up to five or six times before gaining their support.”

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