West-central Illinois farmer Todd Gail returned from a weeklong trip to Cuba in 2015 with firsthand accounts of the demand for U.S. agricultural products and expertise.
“There are opportunities there,” said Gail, whose family operates a multi-generation hog and grain farm near Moline.
Gail was the pork representative with a trade delegation of the Illinois Corn Growers Association. The delegation met with representatives of the Cuban government and trade officials, and visited farm cooperatives. Gail said there also was time for one-on-one discussions with individual Cubans, including a handful of farmers who raised pigs for their own consumption.
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