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The Illinois Farm Bureau plans to send 18 farmers to Cuba this month as part of a longstanding campaign to lobby for the normalization of trade with the island nation.

Vermilion County farmer Kevin Green is 1 of the farmers. The eastern Illinois farmer says the group plans to meet with members of Cuba's agricultural import agency, port authorities and other officials. The trip is June 28 through July 2.

Green farms near Fithian.

The American Farm Bureau Federation's state-level organizations have regularly sent groups of farmers to Cuba for years as part of the group's lobbying to end the 50-year-old trade embargo against Cuba. Farmers see the country as a potential market for rice, chicken and a range of other crops and livestock.

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