ISG supports lifting the trade embargo with Cuba and has been active in efforts to open trade by:
- Visiting Cuba and meeting with top officials on a regular basis (ten times since 2012).
- Promoting Illinois’ quality soybeans at the annual international trade show in Cuba.
- Educating Illinois legislative and business leaders about the economic value of trade with Cuba.
- Leading a U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) press conference and panel discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
ISG also is a founding member of the Illinois Cuba Working Group (ICWG), an organization that began in 1999 when Illinois was the first state to travel to Cuba during the embargo. ICWG was created by an Illinois resolution that was unanimously approved in the 2013 Illinois General Assembly. Its initiatives include expanding exports licensed for sale to Cuba and permitting farm groups to exchange knowledge, capital and business management practices with Cuban counterparts.
Expanding Cuban Trade Update October 26, 2016
ISG is pleased that, for the first time in 25 years, the United States abstained in a vote by the United Nations General Assembly as it again adopted a resolution to renew its call for an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba.
Expanding Cuban Trade Update March 21, 2016
The USDA approved the use of checkoff funds for research, information exchange, relationship-building and other efforts in Cuba. Checkoff funds will build upon existing efforts and leverage knowledge to help Illinois and U.S. soybean farmers market their products and compete in Cuba, an important market which is just 90 miles off the U.S. coast. ISG looks forward to advancing two-way trade with the Cuban people and fostering relationships.