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Sugar growers: We were not involved ‘in any way’ with medical marijuana implementation

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Florida sugar growers are pushing back hard on accusations that “Big Sugar and Big Citrus” had a hand in writing legislation to expand access to medical marijuana. On Thursday, the Tampa Bay Times reported that that tucked into sweeping legislation on medical marijuana is “preferential treatment to companies that promise to convert orange juice factories and other citrus-processing facilities into marijuana grow sites.” According to the Times, lawmakers want to replenish Florida’s citrus industry, which has been struggling after seasons…

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For Earth Day 2016, sugar farmers celebrate history of sustainability, conservation

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As the global community celebrates Earth Day April 22, farmers for America’s largest sugar producer are highlighting their role in safeguarding South Florida land and water resources. Now in its 46th year, Earth Day is the largest secular observance on the planet, with more than 1 billion people observing a day of eco-friendly engagement and activism. On Friday, U.S. Sugar joins in the Earth Day festivities by honoring a heritage of nearly 85 years of environmental stewardship. “U.S. Sugar has been…

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