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Dallas conference to focus on business with Cuba

Agricultural producers and agribusiness professionals can learn more about the Cuban export market by attending an April 26 conference at the Small Business Development Center-International Trade Center in Dallas.

"Doing Business with Cuba" will help producers, ranchers agribusiness, export service providers and government officials better understand the export market and methods of marketing products, said Dr. Parr Rosson, Texas Cooperative Extension economist.

"This conference is a kick-start for those who want to begin marketing products to the Cuban market," Rosson said. "Our objective is for everyone to come away with their questions answered about trade opportunities in Cuba."

"This workshop will provide the participants with the understanding and tools to enter the Cuban emerging market, which pays cash in advance for U.S. goods," said Cynthia Thomas, president of the Texas Cuba Trade Alliance. "Qualified participants will have an opportunity to join a low-cost Texas trade mission to Cuba in September to turn the knowledge from the workshop into efforts to sign a contract."

Conference topics will include:

- Steps for licensing products to Cuba and ensuring compliance with trade embargo requirements.

- Transportation considerations and infrastructure.

- The Cuban market for food and agricultural products.

- Expected economic growth opportunities in Cuba over the next year.

In addition to Rosson and Thomas, speakers will include Jon Jorgersen of Beil and Company; Victor Cannon, Texana Rice; Rubert Muse, attorney; Larry Luxner, editor and publisher of Cuba News.

Registration is $60 by April 17 and $75 after. Seating is limited. The event is co-sponsored by the Texas Cuba Trade Alliance and Extension. For more information, contact Elizabeth Harris at 214-747-1300.

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