Roger Johnson, North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture and current president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, has been in
"If that is the case it's likely things will proceed pretty much as they have over the past couple of years," Johnson says. "My personal view is that I don't think this is going to have a great deal of impact as far as the trade delegations that have been down here over the past several years."
Johnson, who is on his seventh trip to
"It has always been our experience that when Alimport enters into a deal with any of our sellers, that the terms of the deal have always been adhered to really without any question," Johnson says. "They have always negotiated very much in good faith, their word has always been good and I have developed a very good relationship with Pedro Alvarez the head of Alimport, the entity that buys 90% of food products that come on the island."
When asked about any advice he would give to President Bush or Congress concerning the situation in
"I can never intellectually understand the argument that we should have an embargo with
Johnson points out that the
"In spite of all that and the argument for that sort of behavior, when it comes to Cuba this government seems to have the opposite policy with a completely different rational that is 180 degrees different than the rational used most everywhere else," Johnson says. "I've long not been in favor of the embargo. I doubt that it is something that is going to quickly go away, but I certainly think we ought to have a policy of much more engagement; that we ought to be talking and loosening up travel restrictions."
Johnson says if a million Americans traveled to and from