Cargill encouraged by economic progress with Cuba

MINNETOKA — One of the nation's largest food and commodity companies is encouraged by President Barack Obama's move toward normalizing relations with Cuba.

Among those eager for access to a Cuban market cut off by an economic embargo are U.S. farmers. Minnesota-based Cargill has been working to change that.

Corporate Affairs Vice President Devry Boughner-Vorwer says it's a first step toward re-establishing free trade between the two countries.

Congress will still have to act to lift economic sanctions against Cuba.

Trade sanctions were eased about 15 years ago. Minnesota Public Radio News ( ) says state farmers sold Cuba about $27 million in corn, soybeans and other products in 2012. Agriculture officials say those sales declined by a quarter in 2013.

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