Expanding Agricultural Exports To Cuba

John Boozman

WASHINGTON–U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Michael Bennet (D-CO)reintroduced the Agricultural Export Expansion Act of 2019, legislation to remove a major hurdle for American farmers and ranchers to selling American agricultural products in the Cuban market. The bipartisan bill would support jobs in Arkansas, Colorado and across the country by lifting restrictions on private financing for U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba. 

“Arkansas farmers need new markets and one solution is sitting less than one hundred miles off our coast. Cuba imports 80 percent of its food, but Americans start out at a disadvantage since private financing is not allowed. Our bill removes this barrier, allowing our agricultural producers to compete, while simultaneously exposing Cubans to American ideals, values and products. It’s a small step, but one that can yield big dividends for American farmers and the Cuban people,” Boozman said.

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