Va ag commissioner leads delegation to Cuba
By the Associated Press
October 19, 2009
RICHMOND, Va. – Agriculture leaders from Virginia are heading to Cuba to
promote the state's offerings.
Agriculture Commissioner Todd Haymore will lead the delegation to the
Havana International Trade Fair in November. Officials say Virginia is
pushing to expand international sales for its agricultural products.
In 2008, Virginia exported $2.2 billion in agricultural products to many
countries, including Switzerland, China, Canada, Egypt, Germany,
Malaysia, Portugal, Venezuela and Indonesia.
Officials say Virginia's exports to Cuba have grown since federal law
began allowing medical and agricultural exports to Cuba in 2000. In
2003, Virginia producers exported $838,000 worth of agriculture products
to Cuba. In 2008, that number grew to more than $40 million.
Va ag commissioner leads delegation to Cuba – WTKR (19 October 2009)