Russian Ban Unlikely To Hurt Northwest Growers Much
Russian president Vladimir Putin's ban on food imports from the US could cost Northwest growers millions of dollars. But Russian imports are a thin slice of our region's multi-billion-dollar farm economy, as Rob Manning reports, from Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Oregon exported about $5.3 million worth of farm commodities to Russia, last year - mainly pears, meat products, and vegetable and grass seeds. That's less than one percent of Oregon's total farm exports, worth about $3 billion.
Washington exports more to Russia - but it's still a small fraction of the state's nearly $9 billion in exports, according to Mike Louisell with Washington's agriculture department.
Louisell: "It is unlikely that the proposed ban of agricultural commodities will hurt Washington State, however, you never like to see an industry locked out of a market for any period of time."
US officials say Russia imports about $1.3 billion worth of American food products.
I'm Rob Manning reporting.