• Trump Changes Course on Cuba; Impact to Ag Unclear

    Jun 16, 2017
    President Trump is asking the Treasury and Commerce Departments to revise policies regarding Cuba. The impact is unclear, but could have a chilling effect on agriculture trade.
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  • Crawford Keeps Cuba Conversations on Course

    Jun 01, 2017
    Arkansas Congressman Rick Crawford, long a leader advocating for changing course on U.S.-Cuba policy has previously introduced legislation to help normalize trade relations between the countries. Despite his efforts, and the support of the U.S. rice industry, earlier legislation has not advanced. Crawford is now pushing for a compromise solution he struck with Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) that will keep the discussion about Cuba moving forward.
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  • Rice and More than 100 Others Go “On the Record” for Ag Trade with Cuba

    Jan 13, 2017
    Yesterday, USA Rice, along with more than 100 state and national agriculture-related organizations and agribusinesses sent a letter to President-elect Trump and his team asking his administration to prioritize the removal of private financing and trade barriers for agricultural commodities and equipment.
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  • Castro’s Death, Trump’s Ascension Muddy the Waters for Access to Cuban Rice Market

    Nov 28, 2016
    On Friday, longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro passed away at the age of 90 after governing the island for nearly 50 years before his brother, Raúl, officially took the reins in 2008.
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  • USA Rice Once Again Participates in the Havana International Fair (FIHAV)

    Nov 04, 2016
    This week, USA Rice exhibited at the 34th annual Havana International Fair (FIHAV). The USA Rice delegation was led by Ernesto Baron and Ana Vettorazzi, USA Rice representatives for the region, and Dr. Michael (MO) Way from Texas A&M. In addition to meeting with several hundred attendees, USA Rice also held meetings with delegates from ALIMPORT (the Cuban Import Company), the National Institute of Agricultural Sciences, and from Grupo Empresarial Agricola-GAD (Agriculture Enterprise Group).
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  • Cigars, Rum, and Tractors but Why Not Rice?

    Oct 17, 2016
    The Obama Administration announced a number of new directives that will bolster trade between the United States and Cuba, and while one is particularly welcome, others point to the continued exclusion of rice – a potentially top export to the island if only remaining hurdles can be cleared.
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  • Rice Spotlighted in House Ag Hearing on Trade with Cuba

    Sep 14, 2016
    This morning, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing to examine American Agricultural Trade with Cuba and hear testimony from a variety of industry-related witnesses.
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  • Vilsack Announces USDA Post Added in Havana

    Jul 18, 2016
    On Saturday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced during the National Governors Association Summer Meeting here that USDA would officially be sending a temporary detail to Havana, Cuba, later this year.
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  • First Anniversary of Reestablished Relations with Cuba

    Jul 08, 2016
    Yesterday, USA Rice staff attended a reception at the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba here to commemorate the first anniversary of reestablishing diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States.
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  • Rice Industry Cautiously Optimistic for Removal of Ag Financing Barriers with Cuba

    Jul 07, 2016
    In a swarm of legislative activity by Congress over the past three days, Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR) last night withdrew his amendment to the House’s FY 2017 Financial Services Appropriations Bill that would have removed the restrictions on private financing by U.S. businesses for the sale of agricultural products to Cuba. Crawford’s effort to improve the underlying legislation had gained significant bipartisan support amongst several Members of Congress over the last two weeks since the amendment was first introduced.
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