Sunday, November 23, 2008

Cuba trade worth $32 million to Virginia farmers

Associated Press
Cuba trade worth $32 million to Virginia farmers
Associated Press, 11.14.08, 08:25 AM EST

In just six years, trade between Cuba and Virginia farmers has grown
from less than $1 million to more than $32 million.

And Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Todd P. Haymore is hoping for even
more growth.

He recently returned from the Havana International Trade Fair in Cuba,
where he and others pushed Virginia's apples, soybeans, poultry, wood
and other products.

Virginia is among the top five states exporting to Cuba.

A nearly 50-year-old trade embargo prevents U.S. tourists from visiting
Cuba and prohibits nearly all trade. But a law passed by Congress in
2000 allows the Cuban government to buy U.S. food and agricultural
products with direct cash payments.

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