Obama Cuba Deal Hurt American Farmers, Will Fare Better With Trump

Ever since President Donald Trump announced that he wanted a better deal on Cuba for U.S. taxpayers, opponents of Trump’s new approach have been lamented it will hurt American businesses, especially agriculture and others in the food industry. The U.S. Agriculture Coalition of Cuba, for example, issued a press release stating its members were “disappointed” …

Congress Reviews US Ag Exports to Cuba

President Barack Obama is pursuing a new approach on Cuba, but after several months of secret negotiations, the Communist Cuba is the only one that coming out ahead with its embassy and new-found credibility in the international arena. U.S. companies have been promised a whole lot by the Obama administration and the Cuba, but it seems …

Virginia, America’s First International Trade Hub, Keeps Making History

Over at the Bacon’s Rebellion blog, they posted a summary of a recent CATO study that, among other things,  finds that Virginia is one of the leading states in the country where welfare benefits do not exceed the value of an entry-level, minimum-wage job. Bacon Rebellion‘s bottom line: Poverty sucks in Virginia. But that means people are more …

Future Food Insecurity, the Coming China Chicken Fiasco

Last time you walked through the produce section at your local grocer, ever stop and look at the origin of the produce? Depending on the time of the year and the region of the country, you think there would be a lot of locally-grown foods. Well, it depends. There seems to be an increasing number …

Export Control Reform, Proliferation Concerns Raised

In today’s Washington Times, Bill Gertz penned an interesting item missing from the public debate on reforms to the export control system being implemented by the Obama Administration: According to congressional aides, the administration has prevented U.S. intelligence agencies from conducting comprehensive assessments of the security impact of the export decontrol plan. Prevented? In the …

Cuba Sanctions Easing Legislation Seems Stuck, for the Rest of the Year

The House Agriculture Committee approved a bill last week that proposes to ease travel restrictions to Cuba as well as make it easier to sell food and medicine to the regime. Folks in town who support the measure were pleased, no doubt as were the diplomats at the Cuban Interests Section on 16th Street, N.W. …

Around Town …

The Europeans seem to be coming around on Iran, finally.  Maybe.  The AFP reports that the French foreign minister said yesterday that the “defiant attitude adopted by the Iranian government now leaves us no other choice: we have to seek new sanctions.”  We shall see. According to the Balkan Business News, the Bulgarian Parliament has approved …