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End the Cuba trade embargo and support US exports

April 6, 2017 A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to join a “people-to-people” trip to Cuba, visiting not only Havana but smaller towns, such as Ceinfuegos and Trinidad. We met with Cubans from many walks of life, in … Continue reading

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Why a blockade and not an embargo?

February 7, 2017 |The measures adopted against Cuba by the United States government do not fall within the category of “embargo.” On the contrary, they go beyond this definition to represent a “blockade,” on seeking to persecute, isolate, suffocate and … Continue reading

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Engage Cuba Kansas State Council applauds Sen. Moran for introducing bill to lift Cuban embargo

On March 13, the Engage Cuba Kansas State Council, the Kansas chapter of the D.C.-based national coalition Engage Cuba, applauded U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-KS, for introducing legislation to effectively lift the U.S. embargo on Cuba. The Cuba Trade Act would allow the U.S. private … Continue reading

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Moran introduces Cuba trade bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) recently introduced The Cuba Trade Act of 2017 (S. 472), which would restore trade with Cuba and grant the private sector the freedom to export U.S. goods and services to Cuba while protecting … Continue reading

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Illinois Eyes Expanded Trade With Cuba

Relaxing trade barriers between the U.S. and Cuba could unlock millions of dollars in exports for Illinois agriculture producers, estimates show, and industry advocates are optimistic such a change is coming. In January, U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford of Arkansas introduced … Continue reading

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Rep. Comer: Kentucky Ag Industry Would Benefit from Lifting Embargo on Cuba

Republican Kentucky Congressman James Comer (1st Dist.) recently returned from a five-member congressional agricultural trade mission to Cuba. Comer said lifting the Cuban embargo on trade is a “no brainer” and plans on being a leader in Congressional efforts to … Continue reading

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Cuba trip’s lesson: End the embargo

This last month my wife and I, along with 11 other Americans and one British citizen, found ourselves traveling through a communist country closer to the U.S. than Iowa City is from Des Moines, 90 miles south of Miami. Our … Continue reading

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Strain Pushes Cuba Trade

Speaking Monday to the Baton Rouge Press Club, Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Mike Strain once again called for relaxed trading conditions with Cuba, once the largest trading partner for Louisiana. Strain touched on one of the trips he … Continue reading

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La. agriculture commissioner again pushes for trade with Cuba

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – With a half-billion dollars for Louisiana potentially on the line, the state agriculture commission is again pushing for trade with Cuba. The call comes as the future of the US relations with the island nation … Continue reading

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Brian O’Neill: Cuban rum for Pa. cheese? Not so simple

By Brian O’Neill / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette When Pennsylvania legislators had the idea of trading Pennsylvania agricultural products to Cuba in exchange for rum to be sold in the state stores, I was puzzled by our end of that bargain. Agricultural … Continue reading

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