This conference comes at a time when U.S. agriculture needs to expand into new markets, Cuba continues to depend on imports for 80 percent of its food supply, and Congress is poised in the Farm Bill to allow USDA export promotion programs to be used in Cuba.
The conference allows participants a chance to meet ministers, leaders of agriculture industry, farmers, cooperatives, and decision makers in Cuba’s newly formed government.
“At a time when new markets are needed for our agricultural exports, and Cuba is looking to increase agriculture trade and investment, this conference will help to inform and connect the people who can work to make those things happen,” said Paul Johnson, chair of the U.S. Agricultural Coalition for Cuba (USACC).
“Promoting agriculture exports is a bipartisan issue, and USACC’s continued dialogue with Cuba is vital to developing trade with a nearby market where U.S. products have all the advantages,” said Devry Boughner Vorwerk, USACC Co-Chair and Corporate Vice President of Cargill, a sponsor of the conference.
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Who should attend?
This conference is for producers; organizations that promote U.S. exports; potential investors in Cuba’s agriculture and food industry; companies involved in packaging and distribution, agricultural equipment sales, technology and biotechnology; agriculture NGO’s – anyone interested in agriculture and the potential for improved business ties between Cuba and the United States.