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Cuba accepts shipment of MO rice from Governor Nixon

(Source: KFVS) (Source: KFVS)
HAVANA, CUBA (KFVS) -

Leaders from Cuba formally accepted a 20-ton shipment of long-grain rice grown and processed in Southeast Missouri on Monday morning.

Governor Jay Nixon and leaders from the Martin Rice Company in Bernie, Mo. are part of a trade delegation in Cuba. The 20-ton shipment was sent to the people of Cuba by Martin Rice at no cost.

"Missouri farmers and workers produce the highest-quality products in the world and we are here to expand opportunities to get Missouri goods to Cuban consumers," said Governor Jay Nixon.

According to the governor's office, there have been no U.S. rice sales to Cuba since 2008.

Missouri now ranks fourth among U.S. states in rice production and Cuba was once a top export market for that rice.

Governor Nixon and other members of the delegation will meet with leading members of Cuban government officials in the areas of trade and agriculture.

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