NFU praises Obama policy directive on Cuba
National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson said today that President Barack Obama’s presidential policy directive on Cuba announced Friday presents “a major step towards improved trade relations,” but called on Congress to lift the embargo on general trade with Cuba.
The directive allows American tourists to return home with rum and tobacco, but will also make it easier to sell U.S. agricultural products — including farm implements — to Cuba.
“While the impact of these new rules on agricultural trade may not be immediately experienced, the enhanced engagement with the people of Cuba could offer long-term advantages for agricultural trade,” Johnson said. “Specifically, the new rules that lift the six-month waiting period for foreign ships to return to the U.S. after visiting Cuba will remove costly barriers for agricultural exporters.”
“The combined action since the president announced his Cuba policy directive nearly two years ago has paved the way towards improved trade relations and market access,” Johnson added.
“We continue to call on Congress to lift the remaining restrictions in the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act so that family farmers and ranchers can benefit from the expanded engagement with Cuba’s consumers.”
–the Hagstrom Report