Join your ACF colleagues for a no-cost, ACF-members-only virtual tour of U.S. Sugar led by ACF board members Judy Sanchez, Ryan Duffy and a local guide in Clewiston.
Through a combination of prerecorded and live presentations, Judy and Ryan discuss Glades farming communities, crops grown in the Everglades Agricultural Area, water issues and best management practices, then walk attendees through the process of planting, harvesting, transporting, milling, manufacturing and refining sugar. It’s an in-depth look that takes the viewer from the field to factory. Judy and Ryan will also save time for Q&A to address any issues regarding sugarcane farming in South Florida.
U.S. Sugar will send you a real, not virtual, sugar cookie kit after the tour if you share a mailing address with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judy Clayton Sanchez serves as U.S. Sugar’s Senior Director of Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, representing the company in media, environmental, community and public relations issues for nearly 30 years. As a result of her expertise in agricultural trade and its impact on Florida farmers, Sanchez has served on the USDA/USTR Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee (ATAC) on sweeteners for more than a decade. She and her husband reside in Belle Glade and have two grown sons and two perfect grandsons.
Ryan Duffy is U.S. Sugar’s Director of Corporate Communications, a position he has held since 2017. He handles U.S. Sugar’s public-facing initiatives including media relations, social media, statewide and national engagement and tours. Duffy holds a bachelor’s in political science and English from Florida State University and a master’s in political management from George Washington University. He lives in Clewiston with his wife and two children.
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 Charles Stewart Mott, 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, community involvement and respect for the land.