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North Dakota & Cuba in the News
Hagstrom Report: Ag leaders back Heitkamp-Boozman Cuba amendment in farm bill
A bipartisan group of more than 60 agriculture associations, businesses and elected officials across 17 states urged the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate agriculture committees to keep in the farm bill conference report an amendment sponsored by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., that would remove restrictions on private financing for U.S. food exports and allow farm groups to use federal market promotion funds in Cuba.
"The United States has just 5 percent of the world's population, which means 95 percent of consumers live outside our borders. If we aren't constantly working to open markets and reach new customers, American farmers and workers won't be competitive on the global stage. That's why it's so important for U.S. farmers and ranchers to gain access to markets like Cuba, where there is demand for American agricultural products," Heitkamp said.
"My bipartisan amendment would give USDA the ability to build reliable trade partnerships between U.S. producers and Cuban buyers, strengthening our ag economy and finally removing outdated barriers to selling our products to consumers in a nation that sits just off our coastline. It would also help boost North Dakota's farmers during a time of serious uncertainty from the administration's trade policies," she said.
The North Dakota Department of Agriculture, which organized the trip, will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 2. Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring, who led the mission, and others members of the trade delegation will attend.
"We had first-hand experience to seeing some things that are taking place in Cuba," says North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. North Dakota Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring says right now-- Cuba produces 40 percent of their caloric needs.
The Salt Lake Tribune: North Dakota eager to expand trade with Cuba
The Obama administration's move to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba could lead to increased sales of North Dakota crops to the communist island nation, though some issues would need to be sorted out, officials say.
Not long ago-- an American stepping on to Cuban soil was unheard of. Now-- future trade opportunities are being discussed.
Grand Forks Herald: North Dakota ag group visits Cuba
He and others on the trip, which includes officials with the Bank of North Dakota, Northarvest Bean Growers Association, North Dakota Grain Growers Association, North Dakota Trade Office and North Dakota Wheat Commission, held a news conference Monday in Bismarck.
Pioneer Press: North Dakota ag group finds kinship in Cuba mission
Cuba is a big potential market for North Dakota growers. Recent talks about lifting the trade embargo the United States imposed on Cuba in the 1960s prompted ag leaders from across the state to visit the country recently to make connections and learn about possible future trade opportunities.