WASHINGTON, D.C., March 31, 2009 – American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman joined congressional members today on Capitol Hill to advocate the removal of travel restrictions to Cuba. Stallman spoke in support of S. 428, which opens Cuba to travel by U.S. citizens and gives the U.S. president authority to restrict travel to Cuba only in times of war or imminent danger.
“This legislation is an important step in easing trade restrictions on Cuba,” Stallman said. “Allowing unrestricted travel to Cuba will increase U.S. agricultural sales and boost tourism.”
U.S. agricultural sales to Cuba have been on average $400 million annually since 2000, with top commodity sales including poultry, wheat, soybeans, rice and dairy. With passage of S. 428, the American Farm Bureau Federation expects sales to increase.