Food fight with Castro spells trouble for biggest Florida crops

News Date: May 03 2016

Florida citrus farmer Dan Richey is worried about a Cuban fruit invasion.

"They have a better climate than us and the same growing season," said Richey, who farms 4,000 acres of mostly grapefruit near Vero Beach. "They could become the low-cost competitor, right at our doorstep."

While a diplomatic thaw is just beginning, President Barack Obama is seeking closer U.S. trade ties with Cuba, signaling an end to five decades of sanctions that left the country starved of cash and little changed since Fidel Castro's revolution in 1959. That's clearing a path for more agricultural investment on a Caribbean island just 90 miles (145 kilometers) south of Florida.

News Source: Chicago Tribune
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