Press Release

Illinois Soybean Growers Continues Push as Cuba Elects New President

April 17, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Illinois Soybean Growers Continues Push as Cuba Elects New President

 
BLOOMINGTON, ILL – April 17, 2018 – On the eve of Cuba announcing its new president, Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG), which has been a leading advocate for opening up trade and relations with Cuba, issues the following statement from ISG President Lynn Rohrscheib, a soybean farmer from Fairmount, Ill. who visited Cuba in 2015:
 
“Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) believes it is important that we continue working with Cuba by both expanding our export opportunities and our trade relations. We are looking forward to working with the new administration in Cuba to foster better relationships that help both our farmers and the Cuban people.  We believe that improvement of economic conditions and trade relations between the U.S. and Cuba is the foundation for future success.
 
Cuba is a significant market for Illinois soybean farmers like me who rely on export markets to help sustain our farms and our livelihood. In 2017, the U.S. exported more than $50 million of soy to Cuba. Canada, Argentina and Brazil each exported roughly the same amount of soy. We believe with better trade relations and policies, the U.S. should be able to capture more of that market share. It’s not just about exporting soybeans, but also about U.S. chicken; a top consumer of our protein-rich soybeans. In 2017, Cuba was the third largest export market for U.S. chicken.
 
ISG members have been to Cuba 11 times since 2012. Our leadership at the state and national levels helped lead to formation of the Illinois Cuba Working Group and U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba. We’ve listened to Cuban officials and hosted them in Illinois. We’ve seen and heard that Cuba is an emerging market, which is likely to attract investors interested in sectors with high growth potential such as agriculture, natural resources and tourism. We are committed to continuing our work on this important issue for Illinois soybean farmers. Our goal is fostering two-way trade between our countries, which are just 90 miles apart.”
 
Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) is a membership organization serving more than 43,000 Illinois soybean growers. ISG provides advocacy in Springfield and Washington, D.C., to promote the interests of Illinois soybean farmers and programs that enhance soybean production and demand. Voice for Soy, the online action center supported by ISG, allows growers to easily connect with legislators and regulators to advocate for Illinois agriculture. For more information about ISG, visit the website www.ilsoygrowers.com.
 
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For more information contact:
Amy Roady
Director of Communications
roadya@ilsoy.org
618-535-7937
 
Mike Levin
Director of Issues Management Analysis
levinm@ilsoy.org
309-808-3606  
 
Mark Albertson
Director of Strategic Market Development
albertsonm@ilsoy.org
309-808-3601