Indiana Corn Farmers Praise Steps toward Normalized Relations with Cuba

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 5, 2015) — Herb Ringel, a farmer from Wabash, Ind. and president of the Indiana Corn Growers Association, made the following statement in response to news the United States and Cuba will open embassies in Washington and Havana.

"Cuba has a strong potential to become a major hub for trade and economic activity – especially for Indiana farmers. Embassies are a critical step in strengthening commercial ties between the United States and Cuba, and shows a willingness to have constructive discussion on many important issues. Indiana corn farmers continue to call on Congress to pass legislation that will reduce trade barriers, normalize relations, and help us build a two-way trade relationship with Cuba. Today, Cuba is not a level playing field for Indiana farmers, and we need to do a better job of capturing this important business."

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The ICGA board, which works with the state and federal governments to develop and promote sound policies that benefit Indiana corn farmers, consists of 15 farmer-directors who provide leadership to the organization on behalf of the nearly 600 ICGA members statewide. For more information, visit

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