Obama Moves to Normalize Relations with Cuba

This week, President Obama made some major news in trying to normalize diplomatic and commercial relations with Cuba as part of a recent negotiation over the release of a U.S. prisoner held in Cuba.  The efforts of the Administration are expected to help expedite opportunities for agricultural exports from the U.S. to Cuba.  Agricultural trade between the U.S. and Cuba has been promoted for many years by agricultural groups seeking export opportunities with Cuba.  It’s expected that U.S. grown rice and other U.S. grown commodities would benefit greatly if agricultural trade was normalized between the U.S. and Cuba.  Cuban trade embargoes have been in place for many decades following tensions between the U.S. and Cuba that date back to 1960.

More below:

Ag Council Statement on Cuba Developments

http://www.agri-pulse.com/Obama-announces-plan-to-end-50-year-old-Cuban-embargo-12172014.asp

http://deltafarmpress.com/government/what-will-major-shift-us-policy-toward-cuba-mean-agriculture

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/ap-sources-us-cuba-seek-to-normalize-relations/ar-BBgUJV0?ocid=ansnewsap11

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/17/uk-cuba-usa-embassy-idUKKBN0JV1NW20141217

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/17/cuba-usa-agriculture-idUSL1N0U125720141217

 

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