Article Posted: 09/17/2007 9:54:46 AM
Gov. Dave Heineman announced plans to lead a delegation of Nebraska agriculture representatives to Cuba this fall. The trade mission will take place Sunday, Nov. 4 to Tuesday, Nov. 6.
“Having just returned from a very productive trade mission to Asia, which resulted in some very positive agreements for Nebraska agriculture, I’m looking forward to returning to Cuba in an attempt to further the export relationship we’ve developed during the last two years,” Gov. Heineman said. “We are competing in a global market and we must continue to promote Nebraska throughout the world.”
Since beginning to purchase Nebraska agricultural products for import in 2005, Cuba has purchased $60 million in commodities ranging from dry edible beans, corn, wheat, turkey, pork, and beef, along with soybeans and other soy products.
In addition to the Governor, the delegation will include Greg Ibach, director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) and Nebraska agricultural producers. U.S. law allows the sales of food, agricultural commodities and medical supplies to Cuba.
NDA has already begun outreach efforts to those who’ve expressed interest in pursuing exports to Cuba. Participation is limited but those interested in being part of the delegation should contact NDA toll-free at (800) 831-0550.
This will be the Governor’s fourth visit to Cuba and the seventh international trade mission of his administration.