Hagel Praises Heineman's Successful Trade Mission to Cuba
Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman announced today that a 10-member trade delegation he led to Cuba has secured a memorandum of understanding with the Cuban government to purchase $17 million in Nebraska agricultural products over the next 18 months. U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) released the following statement regarding Heineman's announcement:
"This is incredibly important news for Nebraska's agriculture producers. The agreement reached by Governor Heineman and his team has exceeded expectations for what could be achieved in their trade negotiations. These kinds of deals can only succeed through careful person-to-person negotiation. Nebraskans can be very proud of what Governor Heineman and his team have achieved," Hagel said.
In 2000, Hagel co-sponsored successful legislation along with Sen. John Ashcroft to allow trade of food and medicine with Cuba. Since that time, Cuba has purchased more than $1 billion in U.S. agricultural products.