Cuba

Chairman Collin Peterson

March 4 2010

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Last week, I stopped by the office of House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson. I didn’t have any agenda. I just wanted to thank him for his leadership and effort to represent the…

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Trip to Cuba

March 19 2009

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I’m reporting to you today by phone – on the way back from Cuba. Our delegation of 12 was mostly farmers – all with a sincere interest in normalizing…

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Cuba 2008

January 28 2009

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President Barack Obama has promised change. Some of that change may prove to be good and some perhaps not so good. However, one change that I hope he initiates will surely be positive. We…

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Cuba

February 27 2008

Hello everybody out there in farm country.

Fidel Castro, Cuban dictator for 50 years, steps down. Brother Raul Castro takes the helm.

What does this mean to us? Why should we care? What are we going to do? What does this change mean for Cuba?

It means that we should take a new look at our relationship with Cuba. We hardly trade with them -some farm products is about the size of it. We restrict travel and tourism to Cuba. Even Florida Cuban families are not allowed to visit their…

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Cuba

August 8 2007

For years, I have advocated normalizing relations with Cuba. I went there with an Ag delegation 4 or 5 years ago. We have tried to get our politicians (both parties) to wake up to reality. Cuba is no threat to us. The 40-year embargo against Cuba is a relic of distant history.

In the meantime, we have fought a war with Viet Nam. And now, we trade, have an Ambassador stationed in Hanoi, and do business with our old enemy. Turn to China, where our doors are open for business, so much so…

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