Ag supportive of changes to use checkoff funds for Cuba

Farm groups have been working closely with USDA in hopes of lifting prohibition against using agricultural checkoff funds in Cuba.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has said it will now allow national checkoff funds – which are used to promote and conduct research on U.S. agricultural products like soybeans, beef and honey – to market American products in Cuba. The move was well received by those in the industry, who see it as another way to encourage the expansion of U.S. trade to a market ripe with opportunity.

Although current law prohibits government funds from promoting trade with Cuba, Sen. Heidi Heitka

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