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NCBA CLUSA CEO Mike Beall to testify during Senate Committee hearing on U.S. – Cuba trade

22 April 2015

NCBA CLUSA President and CEO Mike Beall’s testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, highlighting the vital role co-ops are playing in Cuba’s emerging private sector.

Beall was invited by U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, to participate in this hearing on the opportunities and challenges surrounding agriculture trade with Cuba. The conversation comes as lawmakers explore the potential benefits of lifting the embargo on trade with Cuba. Beall’s testimony led the second panel and made the case for cooperatives as the foundation of a market-based economy in Cuba.

NCBA CLUSA was at the leading edge of a historic shift in U.S. – Cuba relations in December 2014. Prior to the Obama Administration’s decision to normalize diplomatic relations between the two countries, NCBA CLUSA led a research and education tour of Cuba’s emerging co-op sector. As part of economic reforms, Cuba is shifting many of its state-owned farms and businesses into cooperatives.

In early March, NCBA CLUSA formally launched the U.S. – Cuba Cooperative Working Group (USCCWG) at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The USCCWG released a research report on the emerging role co-ops are playing in Cuba’s economic reform and how engagement between the U.S. and Cuban cooperative sectors can bolster the movement in both nations.


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