Commodity Credit Corporation, USDA.
This notice sets forth the establishment and adjustments to the sugar overall allotment quantity (OAQ) for the 2005-crop year (FY 2006) which runs from October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2006. Although CCC already announced all of the information in this notice, CCC is statutorily required to publish in the Federal Register determinations establishing or adjusting sugar marketing allotments. CCC set the 2005-crop OAQ to 8.600 million short tons raw value (STRV) on August 12, 2005. On August 19, 2005, CCC allocated the cane sector allotment to cane-producing States and cane processors and reassigned an expected cane supply shortfall of 120,000 STRV to imports. On September 29, 2005, CCC increased the OAQ to 8.825 million STRV and reassigned another 276,000 STRV of expected cane shortfall to imports. The next day, CCC announced the FY 2006 beet company allocations. On December 2, 2006, CCC reassigned another 450,000 STRV of an updated cane supply shortfall to imports. On February 2, 2006, CCC increased the OAQ to 9.350 million STRV and reassigned 500,000 STRV of the anticipated domestic supply deficit to imports. The revised FY 2006 cane state allotments and cane and beet sugar processor allocations were announced on March 22, 2006.
Barbara Fecso, Dairy and Sweeteners Analysis Group, Economic Policy and Analysis Staff, Farm Service Agency, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 0516, Washington, DC 20250-0516; telephone (202) 720-4146; FAX (202) 690-1480; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Barbara Fecso at (202) 720-4146.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Section 359b(b)(1) of the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938, as amended, (7 U.S.C. 1359bb(a)(1)) requires the Secretary to establish, by the beginning of each crop year, an appropriate allotment for the marketing by processors of sugar processed from sugar beets and from domestically produced sugarcane at a level the Secretary estimates will result in no forfeitures of sugar to the CCC under the loan program.
When CCC announced an 8.600 million ton OAQ in August 2005, it noted the existence of sugar market uncertainties and that the OAQ could be adjusted as warranted. On August 19, 2005, when cane processor allocations were first announced, CCC determined that the cane sugar supply was insufficient to fill the cane sector allotment. As a result, CCC suspended Louisiana proportionate shares and reassigned 120,000 STRV to the FY 2006 raw sugar Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ).
On September 29, 2005, in response to preliminary damage estimates to Louisiana production from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, CCC increased the FY 2006 OAQ another 225,000 tons. While this action released 122,288 STRV of domestic beet sugar stocks into the market, the cane sector carried a supply deficit which caused CCC to reassign 276,000 STRV to Mexican refined or raw imports.
On December 2, 2006, with domestic cane crop damages further compounded by Hurricane Wilma in Florida, CCC increased its forecast of the cane supply shortfall and reassigned another 450,000 STRV to imports. This was allocated between the WTO raw sugar TRQ (300,000 STRV) and the refined global, first-come, first-served TRQ (150,000 STRV). Since company-specific damages were not known then, CCC did not announce the impact of the reassignment on cane processors.
On February 2, 2006, CCC increased the OAQ to 9.350 million STRV and reassigned 500,000 STRV of expected supply shortfalls from both the beet (242,000 STRV) and cane (258,000 STRV) sectors evenly between the WTO raw sugar TRQ and the refined TRQ. CCC took these actions in response to a continuing tight supply resulting largely from the disastrous weather events in August, September, and October 2005.
Because Puerto Rico forecast zero production for the 2005 crop, whenever the OAQ was either set or changed, its allotment was immediately reassigned to the mainland states based on their respective shares of the cane sugar allotment. Hawaii did not receive a share of Puerto Rico's allocation because it was not expected to use all of its own allocation.
The established 2005-crop beet and cane sugar marketing allotments are listed in the following table, along with the subsequent adjustments: Start Printed Page 30374
|Distribution||FY 2006 allotments as of 8/19/05||225 increase in OAQ on 9/30/05||Reassignment to imports on 9/30/05||Reassignment on 12/02/06||Allotments/ Allocations as of 12/02/06||Increase in OAQ on 2/2/06||Reassignment on 2/2/06||Total change from OAQ increases from last processor announcements||Total change from reassignments of 9/30/05, 12/2/06 and 2/2/06||Reassignment of PNW reserve 3/3/06||Allotments/ Allocations as of 3/22/06|
|WTO Raw Sugar TRQ||120,000||0||0||300,000||420,000||0||250,000||0||550,000||0||670,000|
|Mexico TRQ Raw or Refined||0||0||276,000||0||276,000||0||0||0||276,000||0||276,000|
|Refined TRQ (global first-come, first-served)||0||0||0||150,000||150,000||0||1 250,000||0||400,000||0||400,000|
|Beet Processors' Marketing Allocations:|
|Amalgamated Sugar Co||999,303||59,449||99,264||0||1,158,015|
|American Crystal Sugar Co||1,715,584||110,046||−223,608||129,096||1,731,118|
|Michigan Sugar Co||482,017||28,675||−43,662||0||467,030|
|Minn-Dak Farmers Co-op||299,233||17,801||−37,797||0||279,237|
|So. Minn Beet Sugar Co-op||629,936||37,475||10,346||0||677,756|
|Western Sugar Co||477,233||28,085||−32,271||0||473,047|
|Wyoming Sugar Co||63,985||3,806||−14,271||0||53,521|
|PNW Allocation Held in Reserve||129,096||0||0||−129,096||0|
|Total Beet Sugar||4,796,388||285,338||−242,000||0||4,839,725|
|State Cane Sugar Allotments:|
|Total Cane Sugar||3,805,900||342,375||−984,000||3,164,275|
|Cane Processors' Marketing Allocations:|
|Growers Co-op. of FL||324,343||33,102||−92,316||265,129|
|U.S. Sugar Corp||791,911||75,151||−193,520||673,542|
|Cajun Sugar Co-op||146,915||14,395||−36,683||124,626|
|Cora-Texas Mfg. Co||140,000||13,223||−222||153,001|
|Lafourche Sugars Corp||89,804||7,754||−24,483||73,075|
|Louisiana Sugarcane Co-op||94,696||10,946||−11,606||94,036|
|Lula Westfield, LLC||175,393||16,811||−23,985||168,219|
|M.A. Patout & Sons||415,959||39,994||−110,757||345,197|
|St. Mary Sugar Co-op||130,962||14,500||−39,211||106,250|
|So. Louisiana Sugars Co-op||98,096||11,186||−31,935||77,347|
|Rio Grande Valley||180,000||15,997||−15,572||180,425|
|Gay & Robinson, Inc||54,699||0||−61||54,638|
|Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company||214,900||0||−4,535||210,366|
|1 Of this amount, 27,558 STRV to Canada, 65,421 to Mexico and 157,021 to global.|
These actions apply to all domestic sugar marketed for human consumption in the United States from October 1, 2005, through September 30, 2006.Start Signature
Signed in Washington, DC, on May 15, 2006.
Teresa C. Lasseter,
Executive Vice President, Commodity Credit Corporation.
[FR Doc. 06-4875 Filed 5-25-06; 8:45 am]
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