Thursday, October 18, 2007

Hugoson to go to Cuba next month

WKBT, La Crosse, Wisconsin

Associated Press - October 18, 2007 11:04 AM ET

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - State Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson heads to Cuba next month.

Hugoson will go to Havana to check on Minnesota's business prospects and to see firsthand what the business environment might look like post-Castro.

Hugoson was part of former Governor Jesse Ventura's trade mission to Cuba in 2002.

The Minnesota Agriculture Department says Minnesota agricultural exports to Cuba dropped to $18.3 million last year, after reaching $22 million in 2005.

Soybeans and corn are Minnesota's chief farm exports to Cuba.

When he's in Cuba, Hugoson plans to attend a trade show sponsored by the Cuban government. Nearly 2,000 companies from around the world are expected to attend.

Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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