Kansas wheat to fund milling consultant for Cuba

by Emily Wilson
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The Kansas Wheat Commission recently voted to support a U.S.$15,000 wheat milling project in Cuba. Channeled through U.S. Wheat Associates, the funds will be used to send a flour milling expert to Cuba to inform Cuban millers about the unique milling characteristics of U.S. hard red winter wheat.

The milling consultant will provide a review of the mill equipment and advise the operators how their particular mill can be adjusted to best utilize U.S. HRW.

Cuba recently purchased 70,000 tonnes of U.S. HRW wheat and 10,000 tonnes of U.S. flour. It was the first wheat sale by the U.S. to Cuba in 40 years. USW representatives had traveled to Cuba previously to meet with officials of ALIMPORT, the Cuban state enterprise responsible for the importation of all food commodities including wheat, rice, corn and soybeans.

The wheat sales will assist the island after it was ravaged by Hurricane Michelle in November. While sanctions are still in place, though eased, the U.S. government will reportedly make an exception to the regulations for this sale because of the humanitarian situation.