Emerson to travel to Cuba to talk agriculture
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- North America
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- Politics and Government
- 12 / 15 / 2006
Emerson " whose district includes Wright, Douglas, Ozark counties and part of Taney County " will be in Cuba through Sunday.
Cuba was in the top 25 among U.S. export markets for agriculture before government restrictions last year, her office said.
"Not only is Cuba a significant market for U.S. produce, it is a major buyer of agriculture from southern Missouri. Agriculture is a rare bright spot in the dire survey of the burgeoning U.S. trade deficit," Emerson said in a written statement.
"The policy of making these export transactions difficult for American farmers by the U.S. government is a wrongheaded idea that punishes U.S. farmers, but not the Cuban government. This conversation is essential to protecting a valuable American export market," the statement said.