JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon says as many as 30 Missourians will accompany a trade mission in March to Cuba.
Nixon said at a discussion with agricultural industry leaders Thursday that he, the state's top agriculture official and several Missouri farm and business owners will go to Havana to build trade relationships.
Missouri Farm Bureau president Blake Hurst says Cuba imports much of its food and is a large market for many items that Missouri farmers produce.
Agricultural products are exempt from the embargo, but payment restrictions have limited U.S. imports in the island nation off Florida's coast.
Nixon also said he supports federal officials in dealing with humanitarian and security issues during negotiations with Cuba.