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Published September 09, 2010, 09:36 AM

Goehring postpones ND ag trade mission to Cuba

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says a state Agriculture Department trade mission to Cuba has been postponed.

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says a state Agriculture Department trade mission to Cuba has been postponed.

The five-person delegation had tickets to Havana on Mexicana Airlines, which went out of business Aug. 28. Goehring says alternate flights are too expensive.

The trip was scheduled Sept. 22-25. Goehring said Wednesday it will be rescheduled in late November, after the elections. The incumbent Republican commissioner is running against Democrat Merle Boucher.

Goehring intended to emphasize sales of dry edible peas, dry beans and distillers’ grains for livestock feed during the trip and finish up a potato export deal.

North Dakota’s Agriculture Department has organized eight Cuba trade missions in recent years.

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