Lt. Gov. Smith leading bipartisan delegation from Minn. to Cuba

Published 5:24 pm Friday, June 16, 2017

ST. PAUL — Lt. Governor Tina Smith is leading a bipartisan delegation from Minnesota to Cuba to promote the state’s farm products.

The delegation plans to meet with officials from the Cuban Ministries of Agriculture and Foreign Affairs, tour local farm operations, and visit with U.S. Agriculture Department staff.

Smith said the Cuban market could be a “tremendous” opportunity for Minnesota farmers. She said the nation imports about 80 percent of its food and agricultural products.

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Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson will be on the trip, along with trade group and university officials.

President Donald Trump declared Friday he was restoring some travel and economic restrictions on Cuba that were lifted under the Obama administration. Some opponents say Trump’s new Cuba policy closes off a potentially lucrative market for American farmers.