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US Trade Delegation from Nebraska Holds Talks in Cuba

A trade delegation from a midwestern U.S. state is in Cuba to negotiate a deal to sell some agricultural products to the communist island.

The governor of Nebraska, Dave Heineman, is leading the state's trade mission. The team, which arrived in Havana Sunday to start a four-day visit, is hoping to sell beans and Nebraska-grown wheat and corn to Cuba.

A 40-year-old U.S. embargo against Cuba prevents most trade between the two countries, and the Bush administration has moved to tighten travel and commercial restrictions against Havana. But a 2000 U.S. law allows for some food, agricultural and medical products to be sold to Cuba on a cash-only basis.

Delegations from other U.S. states have also visited Cuba on trade missions.

Last year, the United States exported about $400 million in agricultural products to Cuba.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP