Winter-Nelson joins ag delegation to Cuba

Winter-Nelson joins ag delegation to Cuba

Nov 4
Leslie Sweet Myrick, Office of International Programs Media Communications Specialist

I always enjoy hearing about and reporting on my boss’s travels, but I was especially curious when he recently returned from Cuba, an island so close yet one that few Americans have visited.

Dr. Alex Winter-Nelson traveled to Cuba during mid-October as part of a high-profile delegation that included Congressman Rodney Davis (R) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D), who both serve on the IL House Agriculture Committee. The trip was organized by the Illinois-Cuba Working group and focused on expanding agricultural trade opportunities.

I was surprised to learn Illinois already supplies at least 20% of Cuba’s corn and soy, and the recent thawing of relations between our two countries opens possibilities for even greater economic opportunities for Illinois. 

Specifically for ACES, it could mean opportunities for academic exchange that are mutually beneficial for scholars in Illinois and Cuba.

You can read more about Dr. Winter-Nelson’s perspective here.