New York, NY. – U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) members met with Cuba’s President Miguel Díaz-Canel on Thursday during the United National General Assembly meeting currently being held in New York. The participants discussed a range of issues around agriculture and how the commercial relationship between the U.S. and Cuba can be improved. Opportunities for further trade and investment were discussed as well as the goal of working collaboratively to define the goals of a U.S. / Cuba agricultural relationship.
“We need another approach with Cuba that is dynamic and thoughtful. Six decades of embargo have done nothing to advance the interests of our U.S. foreign policy, our farmers and ranchers, or the Cuban people. Throughout history agriculture has served as a bridge to foster cooperation, understanding, and the exchange of ideas among people. We need to allow agricultural trade between both countries help rebuild our relationship literally from the ground up,” said Paul Johnson, chair of the USACC.
“As a Kansas Wheat Farmer, I know the importance of opening up new markets and how that impacts the lives of farmers. We sold wheat to the Soviet Union in the 1980’s at the height of the Cold War despite the politics. That bold decision was the right thing to do as it helped our farmers and fed people. We should be doing the same thing in Cuba today,” said Doug Keesling, a Kansas Wheat farmer and State Chair of the USACC.Create a blog post subtitle that summarizes your post in a few short, punchy sentences and entices your audience to continue reading.