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Delegation returns from Cuba trade mission

Golden Valley News of Beach, North Dakota

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BISMARCK — Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring led a delegation of agriculture representatives oh a trade mission to Cuba from Oct. 25-28.

"Re-engaging with Cuba is an important part of building and keeping relationships. Cuba has goals and a vision for their country," says Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. "We can build on that mission."

Cuba produces 40 percent of their caloric needs but imports 80 percent to meet all food consumption in Cuba (i.e., tourism). A couple of their largest imports include cereal crops and beans.

The delegation met with country officials, visited private business owners and made agricultural stops.

A variety of North Dakota agriculture was represented, including: North Dakota Department of Agriculture; Bank of North Dakota; Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.; Great Northern Ag; Northarvest Bean Growers Association; North Dakota Grain Growers Association; North Dakota Mill & Elevator; North Dakota Trade Office; North Dakota Wheat Commission; and Red River Farm Network.

Goehring added that the mission was an opportunity to focus on relationships, food security and economic security. Future objectives include inviting a Cuban delegation to visit and experience North Dakota agriculture.

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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