U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is going to Cuba. It will be the first official visit to the island country since 1961.
Vilsack and his delegation will be in Cuba from Nov. 11 to 14. The group will meet with Cuban government officials in agriculture, foreign affairs, and food purchasing. The delegation also plans to visit port facilities, markets and cooperatives.
“This trip will be an opportunity to support the administration’s commitment to normalizing relations and empowering the Cuban people through bilateral agricultural engagement,” Vilsack says in a news release.
“Food and agricultural goods are the dominant U.S. exports to Cuba and agriculture can serve as a bridge to foster cooperation, understanding and the exchange of ideas,” he says. “Expanding markets for American agriculture has been a priority for this administration, and relationships like the one we aim to build with Cuba are crucial to continuing the momentum we have seen over the past six years.”
November 9, 2015