With President Barack Obama’s order for the U.S. to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba, farmers in Missouri and throughout the Midwest see a possible opportunity for growth.
Given Cuba’s close proximity to ports in the southern U.S., farmers have long viewed the country as a potential market for their products. But exports to Cuba have been hampered by a decades-old trade embargo.
It’s not clear how large the Cuban market would be for U.S. farmers. But the distance between the U.S. and Cuba makes for a natural trade partnership, according to Jim Stuever, former president of the Missouri Corn Growers Association and board member of the U.S. Grains Council.