Gov. John Bel Edwards Hopeful for Restored U.S-Cuban Relations but Hurdles Remain

by Elizabeth Crisp, The Advocate

Louisiana has led all states in exports to Cuba over the past decade, totaling more than $1.4 billion since 2006. But Louisiana leaders say that a fully-resumed relationship could result in as much as $500 million in Louisiana products, including rice, poultry and beans, being exported to Cuba, which relies heavily on imports for its food supply.