In Congress, no one beats sugar beet lobby
Published 01/31/2012, INFORUM
EUCLID, Minn. – Paul Rutherford stared over his tilled fields of sugar beets, his gaze focused on hundreds of acres in the midst of harvest. As heavy machinery plucked beets from the ground, they emerged a dull shade of tan. In Rutherford’s eyes, they looked as good as gold. Across this stretch of the Red River Valley, roughly 20 miles east of Grand Forks, sugar beets have become an almost-can’t-miss money maker because of federal price protections that go back decades.Word count: 2215
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