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Cubans Visit Red River Valley to Discuss Seed
North Dakota Ag Connection - 08/19/2019

Two representatives from the Cuban government visited the Red River Valley region as part of a Potatoes USA trade mission to promote U.S. certified potato seed. Carlos Hernandez and Ariel Rodriguez were joined by Paul Johnson from Potatoes USA and consultants Paul Johnson and Phil Peters made the trip to the Red River Valley.

The group was also guests at Carl Hoverson's lake home near Erskine, Minn., before visiting his farm near Larimore, N.D. At the farm, some of the highlights included sampling fresh cut fries and chips as well as a tour of the operation's massive storage facilities.

NDSU potato breeder Susie Thompson and retired North Dakota and Minnesota seed director Willem Schrage also joined the group at Larimore and later at the Minnesota Seed Inspection Office in East Grand Forks. Minnesota Potato Inspection Supervisor Eric Byre hosted that visit and briefed the delegation on Minnesota's inspection and certification requirements.

The delegation also visted Fargo to make a similar visit to the North Dakota State Seed Department and the State Seed Commision on the NDSU campus. State Seed Commisioner Ken Bertsch and Kent Sather, director of the Potato Program, hosted the meeting and tour of the lab facilities.

The Cubans made stops at Potatoes USA's headquarters in Denver and the San Luis Valley before coming to the Red River Valley.

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