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Photo-from-CubaTrade-620x420-300x203Horace Clemmons and Cuban-born business partner Saul Berenthal, owners of tractor manufacturing company CleBer LLC, have been eyeing a deal in Cuba since U.S. relations with Cuba finally eased back in 2014. Eased relations, paired with the Cuban government returning unused state-owned land to the people in hopes of stimulating growth in the agricultural industry back in 2008, have revealed to the two entrepreneurs an opportunity they are still pushing for after 3 years.

Manufacturing has been a shrinking industry in the United States since the end of World War II, when the country’s galvanized work force undertook one of the greatest military industrial efforts in history. Although manufacturing still accounts for a solid twelve percent of the United States’ GDP, today’s manufacturing industry is a far cry from the World War II days, due much in part to cheaper labor sources in countries like China and Mexico. But the industry is far from dead, and one company is looking to go where none have gone before – Cuba.

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Hurricane Irma charged through Cuba last weekend, demolishing buildings, uprooting trees, and leaving 10 dead in its wake. The Category 5 storm had winds as fast as 160 miles per hour when it made landfall in Cuba, making it the most powerful storm to reach the island since 1932.

The amount of damage to the country’s infrastructure and industry was devastating. In the aftermath, some people are mourning, many are rebuilding, and some are just enjoying the feeling of relief brought on by clear skies.
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US-agricultural-representatives-300x194Agriculture officials in Alabama have lobbied to turn Cuba into a market for the state’s poultry products for years, but President Donald Trump’s recent policy change with the island jeopardizes that opening.

Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan said exports to Cuba, which receives millions of tons of poultry every month from the state, could be impacted by the president’s restrictive policy change.

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Roger-Marshall-240x300Republican Representative Roger Marshall of Kansas released an op-ed in The High Plains Journal reflecting on his recent three-day trip to Cuba with a congressional delegation that included representatives James Comer of Kentucky, Jack Bergman of Michigan, and Jason Lewis and Tom Emmer of Minnesota.

Marshall was pleased with the visit and talked about how the U.S.’s current policy of isolation has failed in Cuba. He said the 50-year-old embargo only serves to generate animosity toward the U.S. and to “arbitrarily limit” U.S. citizens chances to engage with Cubans.

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