US farmers will push Congress to end embargo on Cuba

Jan 8, 2015 3:06 PM by News Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - At least 30 food and agriculture American companies and associations say they will push Congress to end the trade embargo the United States imposed on Cuba in 1962.

Representatives of the companies said they want to take advantage of the recent thaw in relations between the two countries to end the embargo.

The Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said President Barack Obama looks forward to engaging with Congress in a debate about how to promote positive change in Cuba.

Statistics suggest 2014 could be the worst year for U.S. exports to Cuba in the last decade.

Late last year, Obama announced that he would move toward full diplomatic ties and work toward easing a longstanding trade embargo.

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