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Exporting-to-Cuba conference Aug. 15 in San Antonio

Producers wanting to learn more about exporting goods to Cuba can attend an Aug. 15 conference in San Antonio.

Exporting to Cuba, to be held at the International Center at 203 South St. Mary’s St., will help participants learn more about how to export food, agricultural goods, lumber and certain medical products, said Dr. Parr Rosson, Texas AgriLife Extension Service economist and one of the conference presenters.

The workshop will begin with an overview of recent changes in the Cuban political system and the implications for Texas by Dr. Jonathan Brown, Institute for Latin American Studies, University of Texas.

“This conference will help producers, ranchers, agribusiness, export-service providers as well as government officials receive an in-depth look at how to reach the Cuban export market,” Rosson said. “Cuba has become an important market for Texas over the past four years, and it holds promise for the future.”

The workshop will focus on the future of the Cuban export market, opportunities for food and agricultural trade, and provide a forum featuring several industry leaders. The export process, shipping, logistics and port facilities will be discussed.

"This workshop will provide participants tools for a clearer understanding of how to move forward with agricultural and food trade with Cuba -- a vendor who pays U.S. sellers cash in advance for our products,” said Cynthia Thomas, president of the Texas Cuba Trade Alliance and Dallas-based TriDimension Strategies LLC.

Registration for the conference is $35 prior to Aug. 1 and $50 after. Seating is limited, and early registration is encouraged. The Texas-Cuba Trade Alliance is sponsoring the event. AgriLife Extension and the Free Trade Alliance are co-sponsors.

For more information, visit the Texas-Cuba Trade Alliance Web site at, or

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