Cuban Delegation Toured U.S. Agriculture; USDA to Address Dairy Priority in TPP
An agriculture delegation from Cuba toured American agriculture. Hosted by the U.S. Grains Council, the delegation was brought to the U.S. to learn about U.S. grain production and exporting systems and see the advantages of purchasing U.S. products. The Grains Council says the delegation's meetings were intended to help address the challenges with exporting to Cuba. Cuba’s proximity makes it a logical buyer of U.S. agriculture products but the longtime embargo has meant lost sales. If the United States captured all of Cuba’s corn demand, Cuba would be the 10th largest market for U.S. corn farmers worldwide.
A coalition of 47 U.S. House members is calling on USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to address three dairy priority areas in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. As Congress slowly prepares to consider the agreement, the group of lawmakers penned a letter to Froman and Vilsack last week regarding their concerns The list of priorities includes ensuring Canada faithfully implements its TPP commitments.