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ND Sen. Heitkamp explores ag possibilities in Cuba

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp has gone from pushing a farm bill in Congress to promoting American agriculture products in Cuba.

Heitkamp, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, was in the island nation Friday, the day that President Obama signed the farm legislation into law.

Heitkamp says the trip organized by Montana Sen. Jon Tester was meant to further discussions about agriculture, trade and normalizing relations.

The U.S. has been the largest supplier of food and agricultural products to Cuba in the last decade.

North Dakota is a leading producer of several crops that are prominent in the Cuban diet, including beans, dry edible peas and lentils.

Heitkamp says it's also important to modernize the Cuban ag sector in order to open up markets for North Dakota farm machinery.

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