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Posted January 26, 2005 by publisher in Cuba-US Trade

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Writer: Lorri Jones, (281) 855-5620,lv-jones@tamu.edu
Contact: Joe Janak, (361) 575-4581,jjanak@ag.tamu.edu
Dr. Parr Rosson, (979) 845-3070,prosson@tamu.edu

Texas Cooperative Extension, a partner in the Texas-Cuba Trade Alliance, will present an educational program to help agricultural producers, businesses and others improve their chances for success in trading with Cuba.

A half-day seminar, “Doing Business with Cuba,” will begin at 8 a.m. Feb. 11, at the University of Houston’s Victoria campus, 3007 North Ben Wilson. The meeting will be in the University Center Multi-Purpose Room. For more information, contact Joe Janak, Extension agent in Victoria County, at (361) 575-4581, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit [url=http://www.tcta.us]http://www.tcta.us[/url]

Owners of businesses that market foods, other agricultural products and medical supplies will benefit from seminar subjects that include how to trade with Cuba, how to get paid, information on port facilities, and trade opportunities, said Extension agriculture economist Dr. Parr Rosson.

“Cuban markets also exist for producers of purebred cattle, and embryo and semen exporters as well,” he said.

So far, he added, successful exports to Cuba have included soybeans, soybean meal, corn, frozen broilers, rice and wheat.

According to Rosson, Extension helped form the trade alliance with Texas Farm Bureau and Tri-Dimension Strategies in Dallas because many Texas firms export agricultural products and have an interest in shipping to Cuba.

The Alliance was created after the Trade Sanctions Reform and Expert Enhancement Act of 2000, which made it possible for U.S. businesses to export food and other agricultural products to Cuba.

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