Minnesota is trying to take the lead when it comes to relations with Cuba.
Our business community is starting what they call an “Engage Cuba Coalition.” The organization is a way to strengthen ties to the country even though the travel and trade embargo remains in place.
There are 11 million people in Cuba just 90 miles off our shores. According to U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba, 80 percent of their food is imported including some from Minnesota.
“As we look at things they cannot grow there certainly from a Midwest perspective corn and soybeans or value added. Instead of that raw commodity let’s export the meats,” Kevin Paap of the Minnesota Farm Bureau said.