For Immediate Release
October 1, 2019
Response to Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Open Burn Program Enhancements
Clewiston, Fla. – In response to enhancements announced today by Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Nikki Fried, U.S. Sugar Senior Director for Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Judy Sanchez released the following statement:
“We applaud Commissioner Nikki Fried, her staff and the Florida Forest Service for their thoughtful review of the state’s open burn program, which has been recognized nationally as a model for its safe and controlled land management efforts.
With today’s enhancements, Commissioner Fried has formalized into the statewide open burn program a number of “best practices” that many of Florida’s farmers and ranchers have been utilizing for years in sustainably managing their lands.”
About U.S. Sugar
U.S. Sugar is a farming company that grows sugarcane, citrus, sweet corn and other winter and spring vegetables in South Florida. The company was founded in 1931 by a visionary leader who hailed from a long line of farmers. Since the beginning, the company’s success has been rooted in traditional farming values and respect for the land. Today, the company provides more than 2,500 good-paying American jobs, and its local farmers provide nearly 10 percent of all sugar produced in the United States, up to 250 million glasses per year of premium Florida orange juice and nearly half of Florida’s sweet corn crop. For more information, please visit ussugar.com