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Published February 15, 2008, 12:00 AM

North Dakotans prepare for trade trip to Cuba, ethanol part of talks

North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson makes his seventh trade trip to Cuba this weekend.

North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson makes his seventh trade trip to Cuba this weekend.

For the first time, representatives of the state's ethanol industry will join him.

Johnson said the Cubans are interested in buying dried distillers grain, or DDG, and using it as a livestock feed supplement.

Representatives from the potato, pea and lentil industries will also be on the trip.

More than a dozen North Dakotans will be going on the trip to Cuba starting Sunday.

They'll spend four days on the island looking to make trade deals for North Dakota commodities.

Johnson said these trade missions are part "symbolic" and part "substance."

The Cubans are interested in buying dried distilled grain, a co-product of ethanol, and is used as a livestock feed supplement, Johnson said.

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