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SUGARBEETS

The demonization of “sugar” in general presents both challenges and opportunities for sugarbeet producers, Courtney Gaine, president and CEO of The Sugar Association, told the ASGA. While the challenge of overcoming consumer perceptions remains, the solution and opportunity may be as simple as getting people to see “real sugar” for what it really is — a plant-based substance with a proper place in a balanced diet.
United States Sugar Corp., a Clewiston, Florida, company that markets sugar cooperatively with Red River Valley sugarbeet growers, is seeking to purchase Imperial Sugar Co., including a major refinery in the Savannah, Georgia, area. The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday, Nov. 23, announced it is suing to block the purchase that could increase the market share of United Sugars Corp., the Edina, Minn.-based co-op marketing company, from its current 25% market share, to 32% to 34%.
Robert Lutovsky was driving a 2007 International Harvester straight truck loaded with sugarbeets when the vehicle left the roadway and entered the south ditch, where it struck an approach, partially tipped over and caught fire, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said.
Sugarbeet harvest plays a large role in the Red River Valley's agriculture industry. Due to the harvest being non-stop once the campaign begins, many local businesses extend their hours in an effort to rally behind sugarbeet producers.

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Paul Olsonawski passed away suddenly in July of this year, leaving his family and farm behind. His community rallied together to harvest his sugar beet crop early in an effort to support the Olsonawski family during their time of need.
Sugarbeet harvest in the Red River Valley is an around the clock operation, requiring a multitude of seasonal workers to get the job done.
Arlan Larson and his sons, Ben and Matt, of Climax, Minnesota, in 2005 were the focus of an Agweek wheat harvest cover of the Grand Forks Herald “Salute to Agriculture" section. Today, the sons are in the driver seat and a 3-year old in the jump seat, is now joining the operation and runs the big equipment. They’ve found a fair crop, despite challenging drought conditions
It’s been a busy summer for Carlson Ag Aviation of Wendell, Minn., and Wheaton, Minn., but the busy seasons of late July and August are coming up. Owners Boone and Charity Carlson bought the business from his father in 2010 and added the Wheaton location in 2020. Demand for aerial application will depend on crop prices and weather anomalies yet to come.
H&S Manufacturing is a vibrant, agricultural related manufacturing company that sprang from an innovative potato and sugarbeet farm in northwest Minnesota.
“Roots of the Red River Valley: Through the Lens of Russell Lee,” now on display in Moorhead, uses images of the late photographer to look at the 1937 sugarbeet harvest in Polk County and highlight the importance of migrant workers in the process.

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Sugarbeet industry leader Kelly Erickson, a farmer from Hallock, Minn., with land in the Kennedy, Minn., area, urges fellow farmers to “just get the shot.” Erickson, vice chairman of American Crystal Sugar Co.’s board of directors, was in the hospital for two weeks and his father died.
American Crystal Sugar Co.’s political action committee says it will continue supporting candidates important to agricultural policy considerations and won’t base decisions based on one vote to accept or reject Electoral College votes in the presidential race.
'This is a really subtle vodka that has this nice vanilla peppery finish when you sip it, and I think that's a credit to the sugarbeet, to this local Minnesota crop that we're using,' says Ben Brueshoff of BĒT Vodka.

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