U.S. Agriculture Coalition For Cuba Announced

On January 8, 2015, twenty-five companies, farm and commodity groups announimagesced the formation of a new agriculture coalition, The U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba.  The coalition is seeking an immediate repeal of the 1966 law that enacted permanent sanctions on Cuba after Fidel Castro’s communist regime seized power.  The sanctions have been in place for 54 years.

Today’s announcement comes after the Obama Administration announced on December 17 that the U.S. would relax travel and economic restrictions on Cuba and re-open embassies with preliminary discussions on normalizing diplomatic relations beginning early this year.

Numerous bi-partisan and bi-cameral members of the U.S. Congress attended today’s launch.  Kansas Senator Jerry Moran (R) said, “Kansans have enough common sense to know that after trying something for 54 years and its not working its time to try something else.  When we don’t sell agricultural commodities and manufacturing goods, when we don’t trade with Cuba, it’s not that they’re not getting agricultural commodities or manufacturing goods, it’s just that they’re buying from someone else.”

U.S. Representative Sam Farr (D-CA) told the large audience, “I’m very excited about what is happening.  I think in history this is going to be one of the great modern events in America.  We have for the first time torn down our iron wall.”

Other speakers included:

The Honorable Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary Agriculture

The Honorable Jay Nixon, Governor of Missouri

The Honorable Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Senate

The Honorable Kevin Cramer, U.S. House of Representatives

The Honorable Rodney Davis, U.S. House of Representatives

The coalition is led by Devry Boughner Vorwerk, Director of International Business Relations at Cargill Inc.

Coalition members include:

American Farm Bureau Federation

American Soybean Association

Cargill, Incorporated

Chicago Foods International


Corn Refiners Association

Illinois Cuba Working Group

Illinois Soybean Growers

Illinois Farm Bureau

International Dairy Foods Association

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

National Association of Wheat Growers

National Milk Producers Federation

National Barley Growers AssociationNational Chicken Council

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

National Farmers Union

National Grain and Feed Association

National Oilseed Processors Association

National Turkey Federation

North American Export Grain Association

North American Meat Institute

Soyfoods Association of North America

United Soybean Export Council

US Canola Association

US Dry Bean Council

US Wheat Associates

USA Rice Federation

US Dairy Export Council

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