Michigan’s Saginaw Valley and Thumb area, along with the southeast corner of the state, produces more than 90 percent of the sugar beets grown east of the Mississippi River.
Not all sugar beets are processed into sugar, however. Beet pulp is used as cattle feed and molasses, a byproduct of processing, is used to make citric acid, vinegar, yeast and antibiotics.
For more information about Michigan sugar, contact:
Great Lakes Sugar Beet Growers Association
4800 Fashion Square Blvd., Suite 485
Saginaw, Michigan 48604
Monitor Sugar Beet Growers, Inc.
849 Gilford Road, Route 1
Caro, Michigan 48723