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kearney hub: cuba ag sales could pay off for nebraska

President Barack Obama’s push to normalize relations with Cuba is likely to open even more possibilities. Cuba, the Castro-led nation 90 miles from south Florida soil, needs to import food and other products because of shortcomings common to many countries under communist party rule. Nebraskans know this from experience. Heineman’s administration led trade trips to Havana starting in 2005. The state secured more than $70 million in agreements to buy Nebraska corn, wheat, soybeans, beans and other products.

ABC kearney (ktv): heineman announces fall trade mission to cuba

Gov. Dave Heineman announced plans to lead a delegation of Nebraska agriculture representatives to Cuba this fall. The trade mission will take place Sunday, Nov. 4 to Tuesday, Nov. 6. "I'm looking forward to returning to Cuba in an attempt to further the export relationship we've developed during the last two years," Gov. Heineman said. "We are competing in a global market and we must continue to promote Nebraska throughout the world." Since beginning to purchase Nebraska agricultural products for import in 2005, Cuba has purchased $60 million in commodities ranging from dry edible beans, corn, wheat, turkey, pork, and beef, along with soybeans and other soy products.

nbc 2 nebraska: trade with cuba could help nebraska economy

"Opening trade with Cuba is a good thing for us, it is just a new place to sell and our Nebraska farmers and ranchers are the most productive in America, if not the world and now we will have new markets to sell, so it is a very exciting day for Nebraska, I think," said Foley. Foley says this year may have been a down one for Nebraska farmers, but Cuba's trade opportunities should turn that around.

Lincoln journal star: Nebraska eyes cuban market

“If you’re out in western Nebraska and you’re growing beans today, I think the prospects have immediately increased for you to have an opportunity to sell to Cuba,” said University of Nebraska at Omaha political science professor Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, who has spent 25 years researching Cuba and written three books on it. “Nebraska has a history with Cuba. … They know us, we know them. Our folks have been there a number of times in the past, and I think they are looking forward to opening those relationships again.”

nebraska radio network: nebraska soybean farmer leads trade trip to cuba

A delegation representing American soybean and poultry groups is wrapping up a week-long trade mission to Cuba. U.S. Soybean Export Council chairman Jim Miller, who farms near Belden, Nebraska, says while Cuba isn’t a large market, it could become an important one. “It’s a market that we really feel we should have because it’s only 90 miles off of our coast and we have other countries that are primarily taking care of that market already,” Miller says. Miller says the possible opening of the Cuban market comes at a good time as American producers are facing low commodity prices.

kma land: usgc makes plans to welcome grains-focused cuban trade team

U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Cuba this week continued his efforts to reduce trade barriers with the island nation while back home, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and its partners are preparing to welcome a team of Cuban grain industry officials next month. “Historically, the United States and Cuba were close trading partners, and we could be again,” said USGC Chairman Alan Tiemann, a farmer in Nebraska, who has visited Cuba recently on behalf of the organization.