Cuba Groups Tout New Ag Trade Reports

POLITICO

Engage Cuba and the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba, a pair of groups that favor lifting the embargo on Cuba, are out with a new report that examines the potential for six states - Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, and North Dakota - to expand agricultural exports to the island. The report, produced in coordination with Brian Healy, an analyst in the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Office of Global Analysis, concludes each of the six states could significantly increase exports if Congress were to loosen the embargo by allowing U.S. exporters to extend private credit to Cuba. A report released in March by the same groups highlighted market potential in 10 other states - Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas - for soybeans, cotton, feed grains, rice, poultry and a variety of other crops.