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US agriculture has big appetite for Cuba trade

There are 4 comments on the SFGate story from Dec 18, 2014, titled US agriculture has big appetite for Cuba trade. In it, SFGate reports that:

From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island. Agricultural exports have been among the few exceptions to the half-century old U.S. trade embargo, though they've been subject to cumbersome rules — requiring cash payments up front before products are shipped, and that the payments go through banks in other countries that charge hefty fees for their services. The removal of such trade barriers will make U.S. agricultural products "far more price competitive" in Cuba, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday as the Obama administration announced plans to restore diplomatic relations and to try to persuade Congress to lift the embargo. Major U.S. farm groups including the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union, as well as leading agribusinesses such as Cargill Inc., have long advocated normalized trade relations with Cuba, a market of 11 million consumers just 90 miles off U.S. shores. "If Cuba resumes purchases of U.S. wheat, we believe our market share there could grow from its current level of zero to around 80-90 percent, as it is in other Caribbean nations," Alan Tracy, president of U.S. Wheat Associates, said in a statement.

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ima-Ilis Myka Ashanti

El Paso, TX

#1 Dec 19, 2014
to show my views on his (dictator's) betrayal and contempt for MY COUNTRY.......will make sure what I buy wasn't brought in from cuba, as I do with china's products. How dare he go far and beyond his power without congressional approval to continue to DESTROY MY COUNTRY.
Brushey Bill

Whitesburg, KY

#2 Jan 22, 2016
ima-Ilis Myka Ashanti wrote:
to show my views on his (dictator's) betrayal and contempt for MY COUNTRY.......will make sure what I buy wasn't brought in from cuba, as I do with china's products. How dare he go far and beyond his power without congressional approval to continue to DESTROY MY COUNTRY.
Why would Cuba want the USA's GMO crap anyway? Everything grown on that Island is organic. Little wonder Cubans live so much longer than we do, although this country has punished them so long for not bowing to their whims like every other nation in the world has. I am considering moving there like most of my retired friends have done.
A_Visitor

Reading, PA

#3 Mar 30, 2016
I have a headache about all of this, taking migrane Exceddrin now.
tennhillsgirl

Kingsport, TN

#4 Dec 14, 2017
Brushey Bill wrote:
<quoted text>Why would Cuba want the USA's GMO crap anyway? Everything grown on that Island is organic. Little wonder Cubans live so much longer than we do, although this country has punished them so long for not bowing to their whims like every other nation in the world has. I am considering moving there like most of my retired friends have done.
sounds like a good idea you have.

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