sugar cane

Terry McCarthy

What’s sweeter than honey? Sugar! Or is it the other way around? On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we try to answer that question as we examine the sweetest things from Louisiana, California and across the world.

LA Swift will stay alive for an additional month. Jim discusses that, and the possible future of the service, with New Orleans State Representative Walt Leger III. 

American Sugar Cane League head Jim Simon talks about the sugar industry's quest for federal government support, and failure of the federal Farm Bill.


The American Sugar Cane League will hold its annual meeting Feb. 5-6 in Lafayette.

The Daily Comet reports the Thibodaux-based group lobbies on cane growers and the sugar industry.

The meeting will be held at the Hilton Lafayette Hotel on Pinhook Road.

Speakers will include Jack Roney, director of economics and policy analysis for the American Sugar Alliance, and Jim Wiesemeyer, vice president of Informa Economics, a commodity, food industry and agribusiness consulting firm.

Hurricane Isaac's winds paired with recent rains made a rough start for this year's sugar-cane grinding season. But industry officials are optimistic that weather will improve this month, helping the process along.

Jim Simon, general manager of the American Sugar Cane League, tells The Courier several mills started grinding last week. The remaining mills are scheduled to begin work this week.

Simon says the sugar cane industry has an annual impact of about $1.1 billion in Louisiana.