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Macon Telegraph: As some U.S. farmers see markets in Cuba, those in Florida see worries

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015 09:12

(Washington, DC) Congress this week will be talking up the possibility of expanding agricultural markets to Cuba – a shift encouraged by U.S. farmers and some members of Congress, who see a $2 billion market just 90 miles from U.S. shores. But if they’re going to be successful, one group needs convincing: The farmers who live in the state that’s just 90 miles away from Cuba ... 

... Jason I. Poblete, a former Republican congressional staffer who’s an international regulatory lawyer with Poblete Tamargo LLP, supports the sanctions on Cuba but said he’d been critical of both parties and previous administrations for their Cuba policies. He predicted that there will be a lot of talk in coming months that Cuba is going to buy more agricultural products from the United States; Cuba might even increase purchasing for a while. “And then they’ll stop,” Poblete said. “What ultimately happens is that Cuba will buy if it sees that doing so will result in some political concessions.”

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