Cuba Could Boost Illinois Agriculture

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Decatur – Illinois could see increased agricultural exports if Congress approves lifting an embargo against Cuba that has lasted more than 50 years.

“It's a great market potential for Illinois corn and Illinois soybeans,” Congressman Rodney Davis, (R) Illinois, told WAND's Doug Wolfe.  “It's a market we've already tapped into but we have the potential with this decision to even grow and create more jobs right here in America.”

“I can't tell you how many years the farmers of Illinois have told me they would like to sell to the 11 million people living on that island,” said United State Senator Dick Durbin, (D) Illinois.

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan visited Cuba and Fidel Castro in 1999.  Ryan says restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba will open new markets for the United States. 

Congressman Davis (pictured) visited Cuba in 2005. 

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