The American Farm Bureau Federation – along with more than 30 other agricultural organizations, including the American Soybean Association and National Corn Growers Association, announced the formation of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba.
This coalition would work with Congress and President Obama to bring full normalization of trade relations between the two nations so American business would have the same access to Cuban markets as many other countries.
Cuba isn’t a level playing field for American farmers, according to NCGA President Chip Bowling.
He says it’s time U.S. farmers have a chance to better compete for Cuba’s business.
AFBF President Bob Stallman says easing financing restrictions on ag trade with Cuba will make U.S. farmers and ranchers more competitive in the Cuban market of 11-million consumers.
ASA President Wade Cowan says U.S. soybean growers have been able to sell beans in Cuba for years now, but the market hasn’t been completely open.
Cowan says Cuba represents a great opportunity for soybean farmers in the U.S.