Moran Introduces Legislation to Ease Agricultural Trade Restrictions with Cuba
Bill Removes Barriers for Present and Future Sales of U.S. Products
Congressman Jerry Moran this week introduced legislation to improve the ability of U.S. agriculture producers to market their products to Cuba. H.R. 1737, the Agricultural Export Facilitation Act of 2009, removes barriers to present and future sales of U.S. agricultural products to Cuba under the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act (TSREEA) of 2000.
"With the current economy placing new hardships on our producers, this is an opportune time to encourage the United States to change its trade policies toward Cuba," Moran said. "Cuba is an important market for U.S. agriculture, as well as for manufacturers and distributors of food products. But the actions of our own government have created a climate of uncertainty and have inhibited the sale of agricultural goods. Our unreliable and uncertain trade policies are sending the signal to Cuba that it is easier to purchase its products elsewhere. We are only hurting ourselves."
"It's no secret that for American farmers to succeed we need to export more of our commodities and trade reform with Cuba is long overdue," said Steve Baccus, a grain farmer from Ottawa County, Kan., who serves as president of Kansas Farm Bureau. "Knocking down trade barriers between the U.S. and Cuba will help feed hungry people in Cuba and help the bottom lines of many struggling U.S. farm families."