Iowa State Council

Karey Claghorn, Chief Operating Officer
Iowa Soybean Association

Kirk Leeds, Chief Executive Officer
Iowa Soybean Association

Kurt Hora, Vice-President
Iowa Corn Growers Association

Leslie K. Wilson, Dean
University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration

Mark Settle, Educational Consultant
Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Mike Tousley, Executive Vice President
The Weitz Company, LLC

Rand Fisher, President
Iowa Area Development Group

Ryan Carroll, International Trade Manager
Greater Des Moines Partnership

Steve Dust, President and CEO
Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and TechWorks Campus

Tim Woods, President, Central Iowa Chapter
International Traders of Iowa

Tom Chapman, Executive Director
Iowa Catholic Conference

Tom Swegle, CEO
MedCara Pharmaceuticals

Valerie Newhouse, President
Iowa Lakes Community College

Wes Ehrecke, Board Member
Travel Federation of Iowa

Mike Ralston, President
Iowa Association of Business and Industry

Bill Northey, Secretary of Agriculture  
State of Iowa

Bishop Richard Pates
Catholic Diocese of Des Moines

Bob Hemesath, President
Iowa Corn Growers Association

Chad Kleppe, President and CEO
Master Builders of Iowa

Charlie Norris, Director
Iowa Farm Bureau Federation

Cheryl Langston, Chair
Iowa Association of Community College Trustees

Craig Hill, President
Iowa Farm Bureau Federation

Daniel Seufferlein, Partner
Ackley, Kopecky & Kingery LLP

David Holm, Executive Director
Iowa Institute for Cooperatives

Dimy Doresca, Director
University of Iowa Institute for International Business

Downing Thomas, Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs
University of Iowa

Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, Dean
Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Evan Berquist, Attorney
Frederikson and Byron

Farzad Moussavi, Director of Global Programs
University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration

Grant Kimberley, Executive Director
Iowa Biodiesel Board

Jay Byers, Chief Executive Officer
Greater Des Moines Partnership

Jerry Mohr, Chair
Iowa Corn Growers Association



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Des Moines Register: Opinion: Restrictions on Cuba Hold Iowans Back

Cedar Rapids Gazette: Some Iowans worried about Trump's new Cuba restrictions

Des Moines Register: Iowa Lawmakers See Trade Opportunities in Cuba 

Times-Republican: Iowa-Cuba Relationship Continues to Develop

Daily Iowan: Cuba May Aid Iowa Farmers

Counterpunch: Cuba Reflections: On life and death

Iowa City Press-Citizen: Local family's Cuba video shows vintage taxis, heart

ABC News: Agribusiness Report: Farm Sales to Cuba increased without embargo lift

The Gazette: University of Iowa eyes Cuban study

The Des Moines Register: Will Cuba be a gold mine for Iowa business? 

The Gazette: Iowa lawmakers open Cuban doors

Radio Iowa: Engage Cuba Coalition Launches in Iowa

WHOTV: Engage Cuba Coalition Urging Iowans to Put Pressure on Politicians

Des Moines Register: Vilsack Hopes Meeting Will Push Congress on Cuba Trade Deal

AgWeb: Trade Groups Push Promise of Cuba for U.S. Farmers

CBS: What Do Iowans See in Cuba? Opportunity

Iowa Public Television: Vilsack Hosts Cuban Agricultural officials in Iowa

KCRG: Agribusiness Report: Cuba Delegation Explores Ag Science and Technology

WNAX: Engage Coalition Formed in Iowa

WHO-TV: Historic Visit By Cuba Delegation

KCRG-TV: Lobbying Group Forms Iowa Council on Lifting Cuba Trade Embargo

Sioux City Journal: Vilsack, Cuban Counterpart Visit Iowa

The Quad-City Times: Vilsack gives Cuban Minister Taste of Iowa Ag

Our Quad Cities: Engage Cuba Launches its Iowa State Council

Radio Iowa: Cuban Ag Secretary Visits Iowa Farm to Talk Trade

Des Moines Register: Iowa Farmer Hosts Top Cuba officials, Gets Cigars

We Are Iowa: Cuba & Iowa Officials Meet, Talk Agribusiness in Central Iowa

Tama News-Herald/Toledo Chronicle: Iowa Delegation Pleased with Trade Mission Efforts in Havana, Cuba

Trust, confidence and forging lasting bonds that will benefit both Iowans and Cubans. That's the message from Iowa legislators and participants who just returned from a trade mission to Havana, hoping to create economic and business agreements between Iowa business owners and entrepreneurs and the Cuban people.

The Gazette: Two Iowa lawmakers leading trade mission to Cuba

State Senator Steve Sodders (D-IA-36)

State Senator Steve Sodders (D-IA-36)