This is a project created by Junior Fellow Tania M. Ríos Marrero tells the story of the 1942 Sugar Industry Strike in Puerto Rico. It includes many images but at the end there are a list of good resources and links to catalog records and articles in Chronicling America.
CRS prepares reports for members of Congress on various topics and includes items like:
U.S. Sugar Program Fundamentals (2016)
Fundamental Elements of the U.S. Sugar Program (2017)
U.S. Stakeholders Critical of U.S.-Mexico Sugar Agreements (2016)
Amended Sugar Agreements Recast U.S.-Mexico Trade (2017)
If you are looking for historical numbers that are more recent, the UN's Food & Agricultural Organization has a database with crop information that includes amounts, trade, and locations. Data online goes back to 1961 though coverage may vary. It does include sugar cane, sugar beet, and other sugar crops. There are equivalent print publications as well.
This is selective annotated bibliography of scholarly books, journal articles, conference proceedings and papers, book chapters, maps and atlases, and electronic resources (blogs, websites, online videos, etc.) dealing with Latin America. They use their own HLAS Subject Term Glossary which includes helpful terms as those below but records also include LC Subject Headings. It would be good for researching a variety of topics but, in this case, specifically for items related to colonial Louisiana and Spanish holdings in Florida and Louisiana. The multidisciplinary Handbook is edited and compiled by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress that contains items from the 1970’s to the present though a multi-year project to pull in material from its inception in 1936 is ongoing. Suggested subject terms include: Sugar Industry and Trade; Sugar Industry and Trade--Cuba; Agroindustry--French Caribbean.
Included in the Hawaiian Collection Special Collections at UHM, the Library covers the years 1850 to 1991 and contains the archives of the Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association (HSPA), now known as the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center. HSPA Plantation Archives is organized by plantation and covers: Hamakua Sugar Co., Hilo Coast Processing Co., Honokaa Sugar Co., Kau Sugar Co., Kekaha Sugar Co., Lihue Plantation Co., Mauna Kea Sugar Co., McBryde Sugar Co., Oahu Sugar Co., Pioneer Mill Co., and Puna Sugar Co.. See the Plantations and Finding aid for more details but it organizes company records by corporate records, correspondence, cultivation contracts, financial records, personnel/payroll records, production records, miscellaneous, and other company records.
This part of the Library collection includes many images of sugar cane fields, refineries, plantations, etc. For example, there is a series of photographs of the American Sugar Refining Co. Many images can be found just through searching the Library's web page.
The U.S. Sugar Equalization Board was established as a corporation by the U.S. Government under the laws of the State of Delaware, to function as an agency of the U.S. Food Administration on July 11, 1918, and was abolished in 1926 (most records date between 1917-1923). It bought and distributed the 1918-19 crop of Cuban sugar, and stimulated U.S. sugar production by equalizing prices of domestic and imported crops.
Their collection includes many collections of papers from various people and places in Louisiana. This includes the Louisiana Sugar Planters' Association papers, the papers of W.H. Nathaniel Magruder covering his management of Central Hershey sugar refinery in Cuba, and the business correspondence of sugar planter Christopher Clinton with New Orleans sugar factors and commission merchants, etc. The library has also created a web page External with important dates and links to articles found in Chronicling America specific to sugar and the sugar industry in Louisiana newspapers.
There are a number of historical publications that have been digitized by Census including archive copies of the "U.S. Statistical Abstract" and "Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the United States." Much of the data that is related to crops is part of the U.S. Census of Agriculture.
While the information is predominantly geared to those doing research using more current information, the ERS does include historical publications, and as their data is continually added, does contain information that is historical in nature. Coverage is not limited to just sugar but also includes corn syrup, honey, and other sweeteners. Data covers international production, prices, supply, use, and consumption. Includes: Historical Sweetener Marketing Data from USDA's Farm Service Agency and contains statistics on U.S. sugar production, deliveries, trade, and stocks; "U.S. Sugar Statistical Compendium" provides historical data (1970-90) on U.S. sugar production and consumption, imports and exports, and prices; and "U.S. Corn Sweetener Statistical Compendium" supplies historical data (1970-92) on U.S. corn sweetener supply and use, imports and exports, and prices.
This was an exhibit from 2013 but its online component includes visual imagery of sugar in the Americas, examining how sugar was depicted in books, single sheet prints, and maps that are in the collection of the John Carter Brown Library.
The association was founded in 1943 as the Sugar Research Foundation and changed to its current name in 1947. It represents industry in a variety of ways with an emphasis on education and scientific research. When it was established there were two divisions. The Sugar Information, Inc. focused on public education and communication while the Sugar Research Foundation developed and supported basic and applied scientific research. (In 1968 it became the World Sugar Research Organisation, Ltd.). There is free content in the research section. Much of the site seems education-related, but there is not a deep historical archive of content.
Sugar Journal is a monthly technical publication that was founded in 1938 (see the print title record). Articles cover global trends in the production, processing and refining of cane, beet, and corn into food and energy sources and are written by respected authorities.
This is a subscription only database covering news, prices and information to the global sugar and ethanol industries. The publisher has been around only over 50 years so historical data may be limited. Current News Headlines, Settlement Prices, Newsletter, and the Friday Editorial are free but other content depends on subscription level and includes USDA price data, Sucden Report from Sucden Financial, and the weekly Williams Report data that covers the movement of sugar in the key Brazilian ports of Maceio, Paranagua, Santos & Recife. Much of the content is not free, however.