Sugar cane could mean a sweeter future for the Imperial Valley, so we applaud our congressman, Duncan Hunter, other members of Congress and those involved in local sugar cane development for working hard to get the pending Farm Bill to allow sugar cane to be grown for sugar production in California.
Test fields have shown sugar cane in our valley will prosper, that sugar cane tonnage here will be 50 percent higher per acre than Louisiana, the nation's current sugar capital.
With our Valley suffering from low farm prices in recent years, sugar cane has triple promise for our area because it could be used for three purposes: sugar, ethanol and as an energy source. A couple groups have plans that could mean thousands of jobs for locals and more sources of profits for local farmers who would grow sugar cane.
The Valley's sugar beet crop already allows the Holly Sugar plant near Brawley to operate a few months a year, but if sugar cane were added to our local crop mix the plant could operate year-round.