Daily Dunklin Democrat
After months of trade negotiations, Gov. Jay Nixon announced Monday, Cuba formally accepted its first rice shipment from the United States since 2008. The shipment was from Martin Rice Co. in Bernie. According to a news release on the governor’s webpage, Nixon announced the shipment during an address to an entrepreneurial forum being held for members of a Missouri trade delegation and Cuban businesses and officials from the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment and the Cuba Chamber of Commerce. The 20-ton shipment of Missouri rice arrived at the deep-water Port of Mariel last week and was sent to Cuba by Martin Rice at no cost. See who made up the MO delegation at kzimksim.com
**The Missouri delegation in Cuba this week included Missouri first lady Georganne Nixon, Missouri Department of Agriculture director Richard Fordyce and Missouri Department of Economic Development director Mike Downing. Other members of the trade delegation include Carlos Vargas-Aburto, president of Southeast Missouri State University; Gary Wheeler of the Missouri Soybean Association; Silvia Hollis of Mid-Continent Aircraft in Hayti; Thorstein Holt of Holtec Gas Systems in Chesterfield; Brady Moses of SatCommX in Lampe; and Jeffrey Fort of MOM Brands Sales in St. Louis.