Durbin renewing push for Cuba-U.S. trade

By Gary Scott on August 31, 2015 at 1:18pm

West Central Illinois farmers could soon have more buyers for their products if U.S. Senator Dick Durbin gets his way.

Durbin is talking to farmers about possibilities of selling to Cuba, now that trade has resumed between the two countries and there is talk of lifting the 50-year embargo.

Durbin tells our reporting partners at WICS ABC Newschannel 20 he’s working with farmers on proposals for trade agreements.

“Cubans, for their milk products, rely on imports from New Zealand, halfway around the world. Think about 90 miles away, in the United States, we have plenty of agricultural product that can be sent there way. From Illinois corn and soybeans, and a lot of other things they’re going to need,” says Durbin.

“I think the economic growth there- tourism and the like- will create more demand for good food products, more demand for ag exports from the United States.”

Farmers say such a deal would help during times of surplus, like last year.

Durbin praised President Barrack Obama for reopening trade talks between the two countries, but only Congress can lift the embargo.

FULL STORY: Durbin Works With Central Illinois Farmers on Potential Cuba Exports