Yesterday the Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) joined the Illinois Cuba Working Group and other leaders in calling to ease trade restrictions for U.S. ag and soybean exports with Cuba. “In a post embargo situation, Illinois corn and soy exports could go back to peak 2008 levels and beyond, especially considering the likely boost from tourism and a recovering Cuban economy,” said ISG board member John Longley, an Aledo, Ill. farmer who visited Cuba in November. “Illinois farm products are a natural fit for Cuba because of our geographic proximity and our commitment to quality. It is up to us to continue our leadership of improving trade relations and being a good neighbor to our Cuban customers and friends.”
Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) is a membership organization serving more than 45,000 Illinois soybean growers. ISG provides advocacy in Springfield and Washington, D.C., to promote the interests of soybean farmers, and research, promotion and education programs that enhance soybean production and use. For more information, visit the website www.ilsoygrowers.org.