Courting Castro's Monopoly

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
On an orchestrated ag trip to Cuba.

From the Daily Record of Lawrence County, Illinois:

During the June 28-July 2 tour, the Farm Bureau delegation, among other stops, visited a flour mill, the country's Chamber of Commerce, a farmer co-op, the Ministry of Agriculture, a farmers market and Alimport, the state-run organization responsible for making decisions on all food imports into Cuba.

[Farm Bureau leaders] noted that the group was always watched and listened to by government representatives, were given a list of topics they could not talk about, including politics, told they could not take pictures of certain things, including military personnel. A request to take a tour out into the country, where farmers raise chickens and have some crops, was denied. It is also an area where poverty is at its worst.