Trade trip to Cuba

North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring will lead a five-member trade group to Cuba in September. 

The trip will emphasize dry edible peas and dry beans, staples of the Cuban diet, as well as dried distillers grains for livestock feed, said Goehring, who recently returned from meeting Cuban officials in Washington to discuss the delegation’s agenda and goals for the trade mission.

Goehring said they also hope to finalize the documents needed for the export of North Dakota potatoes to Cuba.

The delegation will mostly work with Alimport, the Cuban government agency responsible for making all food purchases for the country, a news release said.

The group will also confer with the Cuban Chamber of Commerce, the Cuban Veterinary Institute, the Ministry of Plant Health and the U.S. Interests Section, America’s de facto embassy in Cuba.

In addition to Goehring, the trade group will include Randy Schneider of the North Dakota Ethanol Producers Association; Ken Bertsch, director of the North Dakota State Seed Department; Dave Nelson, state entomologist with the state Ag Department; and Stephanie Sinner, a marketing specialist in the state Ag Department.

The group leaves Sept. 22 and returns Sept. 25.