Friday, June 16, 2017
Statement from the Illinois Farm Bureau Regarding Restriction of Travel, Trade with Cuba
The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding President Donald Trump’s decision to restrict travel and trade with Cuba.
“Illinois Farm Bureau policy supports aggressive actions to expand market share for Illinois and U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba. We supported the previous administration’s efforts to expand travel and normalize the U.S.-Cuba relations, and view this announcement as a temporary step backwards.
“The Cuban people benefit by having more, not fewer, contacts with Americans. At the end of the day, Cuba should be buying Illinois soybeans and corn, not products from South America.
“Farm Bureau will continue to work with a growing number of congressional allies to pass legislation that creates permanent changes which allow the U.S. to extend credit to Cuba and allow Americans to travel freely to and from the island.”
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