US Sugar Corporation

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The US Sugar Corporation is a large privately owned agricultural business based in Clewiston, Florida.[1] The company farms over 187,858 acres of land in the counties of Hendry, Glades and Palm Beach.[1] It is the largest producer of Sugar Cane in the United States, producing over 700,000 tonnes per year.[1] The company is also a large producer of refined sugar and oranges.[1]


On 24 June 2008, Florida's Governor, Charlie Crist, announced the state is in negotiations to buy 187,000 acres (760 km2) of land from the company as part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan.[2] Under the proposals, the company would continue to farm the land for the next six years, after which time the state would then convert the land back to its original natural marshland state.[2]

In October 2010 the company sold 26,800 acres of land to the South Florida Water Management District [3] for the “River of Grass” Restoration Project.[4]

In an effort to power its facilities with renewable resources, the U.S. Sugar Corporation began using resources such as sugar cane bagasse for its Breakthrough Project, in which The Boiler 8 was built. The Boiler 8 produces steam during the milling process by burning bagasse. Steam is co-generated into electricity on-site. In essence, each year’s cane crop provides power for both the sugar factory and U.S. Sugar’s refinery operations.[4]

They are also exploring building a 100 million gallon per year cellulosic ethanol facility in Clewiston, Florida. The facility would convert leftover sugar cane material into ethanol and would help Florida meet its aggressive second-generation ethanol goals.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d "U.S. Sugar Corp. (About)". U.S. Sugar Corp. Retrieved 2008-06-25. 
  2. ^ a b Schor, Elana (2008-06-24). "Florida to buy 187,000 farmland acres to preserve Everglades". Guardian. Retrieved 2008-06-25. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Sugar Corp. (Company History)". U.S. Sugar Corp. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  4. ^ a b c "U.S. Sugar Corp. (Environmental Stewardship)". U.S. Sugar Corp. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 

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