During a Commodity Classic press conference, farm leaders from the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) will stand together to show their support for progress made to open up trade with Cuba. Members will highlight specific actions on credit issues and financial obstacles that must be overcome to increase U.S. market share. To show the broad support for an end to the embargo with Cuba, USACC speakers will share their experiences in Cuba while highlighting the opportunities and challenges that exist. Partners, including Engage Cuba, will also showcase the diverse agricultural and business support for strengthening trade with this market that is just 90 miles off of the U.S. coast and across the Gulf of Mexico.
The USACC is America’s largest ag coalition focused on improving agricultural trade between the U.S. and Cuba.
When: Wednesday, March 2, 11 a.m. local time
Where: Room 257 of the Morial Convention Center, New Orleans
· Paul Johnson, Co-Chair, USACC, Chicago
· Mike Strain, Commissioner, Louisiana Dept of Agriculture and Forestry (invited)
· Joel Schreurs, Director, American Soybean Association, Tyler, Minn.
· Brett Blankenship, President National Association of Wheat Growers, Washtucna, Wash.
· Wayne Cleveland – Executive Director, Texas Grain Sorghum Producers Association, Salado, Texas
· Charlie O’Brien, Senior Vice President, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Milwaukee
· Tom Sleight, President and CEO, U.S. Grains Council, DC
· Ron Suppes, Past Chairman, U.S. Wheat Associates, Dighton, Kan.
· Brenda Verslues, Domestic and International Marketing Manager, Missouri Dept. of Agriculture, Ashland, Mo.