State Sen. Jack Hill, R-Reidsville

State Sen. Jack Hill, R-Reidsville

Wow! Did you expect a GOP leader in the Georgia Senate to say this about the president working to normalize relations with Cuba?

Regardless of the political debate, the move to normalize relations with Cuba and the resulting trade implications is good news for Georgia, and particularly agriculture, since the state’s Ag interests have had a long relationship with the country and worked around the restrictions placed by the two countries’ lack of normal diplomatic channels.  Georgia’s poultry, eggs, and commodity products could see substantial growth if the earnings of Cuba’s population start to improve and standards of living are raised.  Georgia’s close proximity for shipping would reduce delivery time, a natural advantage for perishable products like poultry.  Georgia’s Turfgrass industry could play a role in the expected rapid expansion of resort facilities, which would be one way to bring new dollars into Cuba quickly. (10 Reasons To Be Optimistic in Georgia in 2015)

Note that state Senate Appropriations Committee Jack Hill manages not to use the word “Obama” in that whole ode to something entirely being pushed by Obama. One gets the impression that he’d align himself with Fidel Castro before being linked to Castro.

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