The United States Beet Sugar Association is a government affairs and industry trade association founded in Washington, DC in 1911. Membership in the organization is limited to manufacturers of beet sugar in the United States. Currently, there are nine such firms, operating 22 factories that process refined white sugar from sugarbeets grown in eleven states. The U.S. beet sugar processing industry is 100% farmer-owned cooperative in structure, and every factory operates with organized union workers.
The mission of USBSA is to advance the unified objectives of America’s sugarbeet cooperatives. The vision is to ensure a vibrant and sustainable beet sugar industry as a critical element of America’s economy. The Association represents the industry before the legislative and executive branches of the Federal Government and monitors related activities in the nation’s capital. It communicates to its membership concerning issues appropriate to the Association’s founding mission, and helps coordinate activities of mutual interest with other segments of the domestic sugar and sweetener producing industry as well as other general agri-business and farm commodity groups.
The United States Beet Sugar Association is represented by Cassie Bladow as the President, Carrie Vicenta Meadows as Vice President of Government Affairs, and Allyson Jones-Brimmer as the Director of Operations. The Association’s policies are determined by a Board of Trustees composed of a senior management officer from each member-company.