Sweet QE within the USDA

October 19, 2013 0 Comments

Sugar costs continue to receive hammered because the sweet stuff piles up inside silos. The glucose cost has been cut inside half over the previous 2 years.This wouldn’t be a fuss except glucose processors borrow within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As you pointed out back inside March, quoting the Wall Street Journal,

The USDA makes financing to glucose processors yearly because element of the system which is rooted inside the 1934 Sugar Act. The financing are secured with certain four.1 billion pounds, or 2.05 million tons, of glucose which businesses anticipate to make within the present pick. That comes to virtually a quarter of total U.S. output which the USDA predictions for this year.

The latest news is the USDA only loaned American Crystal Sugar Co. $71.2 million. It’s fairly late inside the season for a firm to be taking out a loan. The crop year ends October first.  Until this loan was prepared, the government had lent $1.1 billion to glucose processors, secured with 2.6 million tons of the sweetener. As of the couple weeks ago, 27% of those financing stayed great.

The USDA is doing all it  can to raise costs. Alexandra Wexler reported for the WSJ last week, “The U.S. Department of Agriculture purchased glucose from a domestic processor plus sold it to an ethanol manufacturer at a reduction of $2.7 million, the newest move by the agency to enhance costs plus stave off defaults about federal financing.”

While Bernanke’s purchasing bonds to elevate financial asset costs, the USDA is getting glucose to prop up the cost of sweetener. Here’s the plan: “By purchasing the glucose, the USDA aims to improve costs to a level where glucose processors can repay $298 million inside great federal financing which come due at the finish of August plus September.”

The USDA demands a cost of 20.90 cents a pound to avoid defaults. The government has absolutely invested $53.4 million purchasing glucose plus may probably be coming up with more. The glucose system guarantees processors a minimal cost considering lord knows the American individuals can’t live without….domestic beet plus cane farmers. That need to be it, there’s a great amount of glucose produced worldwide.

Sugar futures are up because June considering speculators recognize the USDA should purchase. “Sugar brokers plus refiners state the government must eliminate another 300,000 to 500,000 tons of glucose within the marketplace before October to avoid any loan defaults.”

As far because American Crystal, whom could blame them? As the WSJ points out, the firm has nothing to get rid of. They posted 300 million pounds of glucose at 23.93 cents a pound. If the cost settles above which, the business sells the glucose plus repays the loan. If the cost falls, it defaults plus sticks Uncle Sam with all the glucose at a cost they couldn’t market it for inside the marketplace.

Sweet crony capitalism down found on the farm.






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