Missouri Wine & Grape Board

Jim Anderson, Executive Director

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Jefferson City, Missouri 65109


Hofherr Joins Missouri Agriculture Leaders on Learning Journey to Cuba

[JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.] – In an effort to explore expanded trade opportunities, Dr. Peter Hofherr, Chairman of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board and CEO of St. James Winery, joined more than 95 members of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) on the Learning Journey to Cuba in March. More than 30 people in the group were Missouri producers and agriculture leaders.

“Our visit was an important first step toward a stronger relationship with Cuba,” said Missouri Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce. “By touring operations and meeting with representatives of the rice, cattle, corn, aquaculture, tobacco and sugar cane sectors, we learned details about key Cuban agriculture and business opportunities and how Missouri agriculture may be able to play a role.”

Among the Missouri delegation were leading members of the agriculture community representing rice, soybeans, corn, beef, dairy, poultry cotton, wine, biodiesel and sustainable energy, fertilizers and crop nutrition. The visit demonstrated how a meaningful relationship with the United States could benefit the Cuban people and provide new opportunities to boost Cuba’s agriculture capacity. Enhanced trade relations has the potential to provide access to a new export market for Missouri and U.S. producers.

“It was a great honor to participate in this historic visit to Cuba. I am hopeful that 2015 will see positive changes that will benefit the economies of Missouri and Cuba,” said Dr. Hofherr.

The Missouri team is the first U.S. state trade delegation to visit since the announcement that the U.S. was working to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba.