In agricultural news from agview.net Kansas Farm Bureau earned a New Horizon award for the planning and implementation of Kansas Farm Bureau health plans at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s virtual convention recently. The award recognizes states with the most innovative new programs. KFB also received Awards of Excellence in all four program areas of Advocacy, Engagement and Outreach, Leadership and Business Development, and Membership Value. Dickinson County Farm Bureau’s Ag Story Walk was one of 12 county Farm Bureau programs to receive recognition of AFBF as part of the County Activities of Excellence. Jackie Mundt of Pratt County won the Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award. She receives a new Ford pickup. And Garrett Love, farmer from Gray County, placed third in the YF&R Discussion Meet. John Buttenhoff of Lincoln County competed in the YF&R Achievement Award. And Kansas-based Row Shaver Systems was a semi-finalist in the Ag Innovation Challenge. Now in other business, Rich Felts, Montgomery County farmer, re-elected to the AFBF Board of Directors. Marieta Hauser from Grant County, re-elected to the AFBF Women’s Leadership Committee. And April Castle from Linn County was elected secretary of the AFBF YF&R Committee. Well Cuba could be buying a whole lot more poultry, corn, dairy, and other commodities produced in the US, but first the US needs to reverse course and begin strengthening ties with the island nation. Well, that’s the message from some of the largest American farm groups and they sent a letter to the Biden administration. 23 farm groups and state departments, and the companies, including the US Rice Federation, the National Corn Growers, American Soybean Association, the US Grains Council, U.S. Wheat Associates, National Potato Council, and the National Association of Wheat Growers signed on to the letter. Cuba imports about $2 billion worth of ag commodities every year. But the U.S. gets only about 10% of that business despite the fact the two countries really are so close. The U.S. lies only about a hundred miles north of the communist country, but financing, shipping, and other restrictions have reduced trade opportunities. More ag news, agview.net, stay with us, more in a moment.