Senator Amy Klobuchar wants to get cracking on busting up the 50 plus year embargo on exporting food to Cuba.
On Monday morning, she hosted a summit on the issue on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota.
"At some point after 50 years when it doesn't work you say, well, let's try something new," Senator Klobuchar said referring to the bill she authored to lift the Cuba embargo on trade.
Klobuchar has a bill in the Senate, with two Republican co-signers, to get the freedom to export back; she has the full support of the Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services.
"Simply put those 11 million citizens in Cuba want U.S. products and American agriculture wants to sell U.S. products," Under Secretary Michael Scuse said.
Since the embargo was set in place in the 1960's the U.S. trade relations with Cuba were frozen.
15 years ago humanitarian aid was allowed but the restrictions still are difficult experts say.
In the fiscal year 2012, Minnesota shipped out about 27 million dollars worth of exports to Cuba, almost all corn and soybeans.
With free trade that number could double and nationwide, the undersecretary says, so much more trade money is there for the taking.
"They are importing about 1.7 billion dollars worth of product each year and for the U.S. to only be exporting about 300 million dollars in goods and the country is only 90 miles off coast?" Scuse pointed out.
Currently the E.U. and Brazil do the most trade with Cuba.