The Strain on the Relationship Between the US and Cuba Affects State Income

Oct 9, 2017

With the decline in diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, any hope of exporting Louisiana goods is shrinking. State Agricultural Commissioner Mike Strain says working on the issues between the two nations is of top priority.

A year ago, Governor John Bel Edwards and Strain led a delegation from Louisiana to Cuba to strengthen the relationship between the Bayou State and the island nation. Strain says its disappointing to see the U.S. order Cuban diplomats out of their embassy. 

Strain says if the trade embargo with Cuba is lifted it could mean millions of dollars for the state and the agricultural industry, so he’s hopeful the diplomatic relations can be restored.