As the Senate reconvenes this week, one agenda item will be the regular five-year update of federal farm programs. The House passed its version — all 742 pages of it — just before the August recess. One contentious issue is always sugar, and this year is no different.
So far, the sugar producers are winning. Their lobbyists have not only fended off attacks on sugar-price supports, but they've also persuaded the House to give sugar a new break — its own piece of federal ethanol policy.