Contact: Dr. Parr Rosson, (979) 845-3070,firstname.lastname@example.org
COLLEGE STATION – “Doing Business with Cuba,” a one-day conference that will provide information on exporting agricultural products to Cuba, including market potential for Texas products, is scheduled May 12 at the Sheraton North Houston Hotel.
A recent study by the Center for North American Studies at Texas A&M University estimated that potential food and agricultural exports from Texas to Cuba could reach $57 million, generating another $132 million in related business sales and 1,500 new jobs in the next three to five years.
“U.S. producers and agribusinesses can now legally export food and other agricultural products to Cuba and export sales reached $256 million in 2003,” said Dr. Parr Rosson, an economist with Texas Cooperative Extension and one the scheduled conference speakers.
“Major Texas exports are expected to be wheat, grain sorghum, corn, rice, chicken, softwood logs and lumber, and fertilizers,” he said. “Exports of these products will result in stronger economic growth across the state and will create new business opportunities for Texas agriculture.”
A pre-conference reception will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. May 11 at the Sheraton North Houston Hotel. The conference will begin May 12 at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m.
Speakers are Dagoberto Rodriguez, chief, Cuban Interests Section, who will be on teleconference; Cynthia Thomas, TriDimension Strategies; Bob Reed, Texas Farm Bureau; Jay Davis, Ricebelt Warehouse; and representatives of the ports of Beaumont, Corpus Christi, Galveston, and Victoria.
The Texas-Cuba Trade Alliance, Texas Cooperative Extension, Texas Farm Bureau and the International Traffic Management Association are conference sponsors.
The Texas-Cuba Trade Alliance is a collective information hub for Texas farmers, ranchers and food processors wanting to export to Cuba.
“The Texas-Cuba Trade Alliance was created in part to provide networking opportunities within the community,” said Dwight Roberts, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Rice Producers Association. “The trade alliance serves an educational function for those interested in learning more about the market and making successful sales contracts in Cuba.”
Thomas said, “The Cuban market has a lot of potential, and is definitely developed into a valuable export market for Texas agribusiness. TCTA stands ready to provide Texas farmers, ranchers and producers with the resources they need to navigate this new territory.”
Conference registration is $100. For a registration form and more information, visit http://www.TCTA.us, or contact Rosson or Connie Moore at (979) 845-3070 or Cynthia Thomas at (972) 527-7505