Editor:

On Jan. 14, 2018, a professional D.C. lobbyist, Nicholas Pyle, had a letter published bashing Sen. Barrasso for his support of the U.S. Sugar Policy. I can’t understand why a Washington insider would criticize Sen. Barrasso for supporting a program that: 1. supports Wyoming farmers; 2. doesn’t cost the taxpayers anything; 3. provides over 3,500 Wyoming jobs; and, 4. contributes over $400 million a year to the Wyoming economy. The allegation that Sen. Barrasso is in the pocket of beet and cane sugar cartels is absurd. There are no beet sugar cartels in Wyoming – just two companies owned by farmers. Mr. Pyle’s Jan. 14 letter is the same deceitful form letter he has sent to papers around the country, attacking other members of Congress who support U.S. Sugar Policy. U.S. Sugar Policy protects Wyoming farmers and factory workers from foreign countries who subsidize their sugar crop and then dump their excess product on the world market at a price less than the cost of manufacturing. Wyoming sugar beet growers and their factories are among the most efficient in the world, but they cannot compete against the treasury of a foreign country. U.S. Sugar Policy does one very important thing: It keeps sugar prices low and stable for consumers by limiting the influx of highly-subsidized, market-distorting, foreign sugar from entering the U.S. And it does so at no cost to the taxpayer. Contrary to popular believe, Wyoming sugar growers do not receive a crop subsidy. For the last two years we have discussed the perils of Wyoming’s dependence on mineral extraction. Well, crystallized sugar is one of Wyoming’s few value added products that is grown and processed right here in Wyoming. Mr. Pyle is just another example of someone from back east spinning the facts and assuming we will not look deeper into the real truth. Sen. Barrasso’s support of U.S. Sugar Policy is about his dedication to Wyoming farmers and Wyoming factory workers. He should be thanked for his support of 100 year old Wyoming industry – not criticized.

STEVEN SNYDER, Worland

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