Illinois farmers headed to Cuba

June 20, 2012

Associated Press

The Illinois Farm Bureau plans to send 18 farmers to Cuba this month as part of a longstanding campaign to lobby for the normalization of trade with the island nation.

Participant Kevin Green farms near Fithian in east-central Illinois. He tells The Champaign News-Gazette that the group plans to meet with members of Cuba's agricultural import agency, port authorities and other officials. The trip is June 28 through July 2.

The American Farm Bureau Federation's state-level organizations have sent groups of farmers to Cuba for years as part of efforts to end the 50-year-old trade embargo against Cuba. Farmers see the country as a potential market for rice, chicken and other crops and livestock.