Indianapolis Star: Indiana Businesses See Opportunity in Cuba, But Obstacles Remain
“Jane Ade Stevens, CEO of the Indiana Soybean Alliance and the Indiana Corn Growers Association, said the Cuba trip showed her the opportunities to sell pork, poultry and dairy products to the Cubans, which would help Indiana’s grain growers.
Brownfield Ag News: Cuba Provides Opportunity for Indiana Agriculture
An Indiana farmer says Cuba is a potential bright spot for US agricultural exports. During his recent trip to the country, Indiana farmer and Indiana Farm Bureau president Don Villwock says he asked a member of the Cuban Embassy where the country needed the most help. “He said eggs – and that set off a lot of great ideas and thoughts for me,” he says.
Indiana Daily Student: Indiana Farmers Travel to Cuba to Explore Potential for Trade
As the United States and Cuba begin to improve relations, Indiana farmers said they are hoping to find a new market in the Caribbean nation. In late September, a group of Indiana and Michigan organizations traveled to Cuba to explore trading options, said Bob White, an agricultural business specialist for the Indiana Farm Bureau’s public policy team.
Indiana Public Media: Could Indiana Find an Agricultural Trading Partner in Cuba?
Indiana agricultural experts are taking a look at establishing a trade relationship with Cuba. A delegation of more than a dozen experts will travel to the country next week to meet with farmers and trade officials and explore trade opportunities.
Hoosier Ag Today: Agriculture Trade on the Agenda During Obama Cuba Visit
“We have not had people on the ground,” Vilsack said. “We need to develop relationships with the people in Cuba so we know who to do business with and who actually makes the deals.”
IU Newsroom: IU Joins U.S. Delegation Traveling to Cuba to Promote Understanding, Explore Potential Partnerships
The purpose of the trip will be to learn more about the current state of higher education in the country and explore potential partnership opportunities. The visit is part of the Institute of International Education’s broader initiative to reinvigorate higher education engagement between the United States and Cuba, in light of the opening of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
With all the developments going on in Cuba and the ongoing debate about it in Washington, it is hard to imagine Indiana might have a stake in all of this, but we do. After all of the relations are normalized between the U.S. and Cuba, that country could emerge as the 12th largest trade partner market we have.
Clinton County Daily News: Indiana Farmers Praise Strengthened Cuban Ties
Indiana soybean farmers are encouraged by steps toward normalized relations with Cuba. Embassies are an important key to strengthening economic relations between our countries. We’re hopeful recent actions will ultimately lead to an end to the embargo and increased economic opportunity for soybeans in both our nations.