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Export-to-Cuba Conference Aug. 15 in San Antonio

Export-to-Cuba Conference Aug. 15 in San Antonio
Compiled By Staff
July 25, 2008
By Blair Fannin

Producers wanting to learn more about exporting goods to Cuba can attend
an Aug. 15 conference in San Antonio, Texas.

"Exporting to Cuba" to be held at the International Center at 203 South
St. Mary's St., will help participants learn more about how to export
food, agricultural goods, lumber and certain medical products, says Dr.
Parr Rosson, Texas AgriLife Extension Service economist, and one of the
conference presenters.

The workshop will include an overview of recent changes in the Cuban
political system and the implications for Texas, presented by Dr.
Jonathan Brown, Institute of Latin American Studies, at the University
of Texas.

This conference will help producers, ranchers, agribusiness,
export-service providers, as well as government officials, get an
in-depth look at how to reach the Cuban export market, Rosson says. Cuba
has become an important market for Texas over the past four years, and
it holds more promise in the future.

The workshop will focus on the future of the Cuban export market,
opportunities for food and agricultural trade, and provide a forum
featuring several industry leaders. The export process, shipping,
logistics, and port facilities will be discussed.

"The workshop will provide participants tools for a clearer
understanding of how to move forward with agricultural and food trade
with Cuba—a vendor who pays U.S. sellers cash in advance for our
products," says Cynthia Thomas, president of the Texas-Cuba Trade
Alliance and Dallas-based TriDimension Strategies LLC.

Registration to the conference is $35 prior to Aug. 1 and $50
afterwards. Seating is limited, and early registration is encouraged.
The Texas-Cuba Trade Alliance is sponsoring the event. AgriLife
Extension and the Free Trade Alliance are co-sponsors.

For more information, visit the Web sites on Texas-Cuba Trade Alliance
at or or

- Blair Fannin is with Texas AgriLife Extension Communications, College

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