Cuba has struggled for decades to feed its people, but because of U.S. sanctions and the impacts of the COVID pandemic, the country is becoming more desperate for help buying U.S. grain and meat. Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel ordered his staff at the Revolutionary Palace in Havana to break out bottles of 15-year-old rum and hand out Cohiba cigars like Halloween candy to the delegation of officials from the U.S. Wheat Associates, USA Rice Federation, National Corn Growers Association, USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, the U.S. Dry Bean Council and the Georgia Farm Bureau...It’s not just rice that the Cubans seem intent on purchasing more of this year. Dalton Henry, vice president of policy for the U.S. Wheat Associates and another delegate in Cuba last week, came away optimistic after a Havana meeting with two Alimport officials and a Cuban miller.

Cuba intensifies call for U.S. foods