AFBF Backs Peterson’s Cuba Bill

Congressman Collin Peterson

The American Farm Bureau Federation supports legislation introduced by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) that would expand U.S. agriculture exports to Cuba.

The bipartisan bill, H.R. 4645, the Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act, is co-sponsored by 30 other members of Congress, including Reps. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.).

“Helping feed Cuba is good for the U.S. economy and for the Cuban people. This bill increases the ability of our farmers to sell their products to Cuba just like they do with our other trading partners,” Peterson said.

The bill would eliminate both the need to go through banks in other countries to conduct agricultural trades and the accompanying fees those banks charge. It would also require agricultural exports to Cuba to meet the same payment requirements as exports to other countries, which means payment would be required when the title of the shipment changes hands, not in advance.

Finally, the bill would allow U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba, reducing the bureaucratic red tape currently required for individuals to travel to Cuba to facilitate new agriculture sales.

(Image: Reuters)

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jo-Ann Crell on February 26, 2010 at 1:53 am

    This is important to all Americans, 50 years of policy that has only hurt Americans and Cuban people need to come to an end. As a Cuban -American married to a Cuban-Haitiano I implore you to change the travel restrictions and trade policies (especially agriculture) to Cuba. Economically the US has lost so much and continues to support the wrong “side”, the longer the embargo lasts. The US needs to develop relationships that benefit American people, Cuba is a country that we need to know. The clock is ticking we cannot afford to lose any more time, for the sake of all people do what is needed.


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