U.S. Agricultural Coalition for Cuba Sends Delegation to the Island

On March 1-4, the United States Agricultural Coalition for Cuba sent a delegation of 90-plus agricultural leaders to Cuba to meet with Cuban officials and farmers. [1] In announcing the visit, the Coalition’s Chair, Devry Boughner Vorwerk of Minnesota-headquartered Cargill Incorporated, said it would be a “learning journey” to expand knowledge of Cuban agriculture. It … Continue reading U.S. Agricultural Coalition for Cuba Sends Delegation to the Island

Launching the United States Agricultural Coalition for Cuba 

On January 8th the United States Agricultural Coalition for Cuba, whose purpose is “to re-establish Cuba as a market for U.S. food and agriculture exports,” was publicly launched at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The Agricultural Coalition’s Basics To achieve this purpose, the Coalition’s mission is “to strive to turn Cuba from an … Continue reading Launching the United States Agricultural Coalition for Cuba 

Another U.S. Coalition for U.S.-Cuba Reconciliation

Engage Cuba, another U.S. coalition supporting U.S.-Cuba reconciliation, is to be officially launched on June 15th.[1] This new nonprofit advocacy group will lobby Congress to repeal the ban against doing business in or traveling to the island nation. Its goal is to create an “umbrella organization”, bringing together people from different sectors, which have different … Continue reading Another U.S. Coalition for U.S.-Cuba Reconciliation

Senate Hearing on Expanding U.S. Agricultural Trade with Cuba

On April 21st the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry held a hearing, “Opportunities and Challenges for Agriculture Trade with Cuba.”[1]  Chairman’s Opening Statement The Committee Chair, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (Rep., KS), opened the hearing by stating, “At the beginning of this Congress, I was hopeful that trade would be one area … Continue reading Senate Hearing on Expanding U.S. Agricultural Trade with Cuba

List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—Topical: CUBA [as of 5/4/20]

                       No.                 Date                           Title         Table of Contents        Cuba & Other Countries Cuba & Minnesota Cuban Bloggers Cuba: State Sponsor of Terrorism? U.S. Embargo of Cuba U.S. & Guantanamo Bay, Cuba U.S. & Cuba Damage Claims Cuban Human Rights U.S. Democracy Promotion in Cuba Cuban … Continue reading List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—Topical: CUBA [as of 5/4/20]

U.S. Reactions to Trump Reversals of Some U.S.-Cuba Normalization Policies                                                                   

On June 16, as noted in a prior post, President Donald Trump announced a reversal of some aspects of the Cuba normalization policies that had been instituted by his predecessor, President Barack Obama. Now we look at U.S. reactions to this change of policy. Subsequent posts will examine Cuban reactions and conclude with this blogger’s … Continue reading U.S. Reactions to Trump Reversals of Some U.S.-Cuba Normalization Policies                                                                   

Another U.S. Event Promoting U.S.-Cuba Reconciliation

On February 10, 2016, another U.S. event was held to promote U.S.-Cuba reconciliation. This one at Washington, D.C.’s National Press Club was hosted by the U.S. Agricultural Coalition for Cuba, whose launch a year ago was covered in a previous post. [1] Now we look at an overview of its recent Annual Celebration Event followed … Continue reading Another U.S. Event Promoting U.S.-Cuba Reconciliation

Conference on “Prospects for United States Cuba Normalization, Commerce and Investment”

On February 18, 2016, the Cuba Consortium hosted its first annual Washington Conference: “Prospects for United-States Cuba Normalization, Commerce and Investment.” [1] The speakers at the Conference included Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce; Rodrigo Malmierca, Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment; Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; Benjamin Rhodes, Assistant to the President … Continue reading Conference on “Prospects for United States Cuba Normalization, Commerce and Investment”

Bipartisan Bill To End Embargo of Cuba Introduced in House of Representatives           

On July 28 Representatives Tom Emmer (Rep., MN) and Kathy Castor (Dem., FL) introduced the Cuba Trade Act of 2015 (H.R.3238) to end the U.S. embargo of Cuba. The bill is cosponsored by Republican Representatives Ralph Abraham (LA), Justin Amash (MI), Charles Boustany, Jr. (LA), Reid Ribble (WI) and Mark Sanford (SC).[1] According to Emmer, … Continue reading Bipartisan Bill To End Embargo of Cuba Introduced in House of Representatives