YAKIMA, Wash. - A Russia ban on U.S. farm products affects some pears and apples grown in Washington just as the harvest is beginning.
Mark Powers of the Northwest Horticultural Council in Yakima told the Yakima Herald-Republic that Russia was the state's third-largest export market for pears. Growers sold $23 million worth of last season's pears and apples to Russia.
The state Department of Agriculture says, overall, Russia is not a large market for Washington. It was 19th on the export list last year, importing $10 million worth of Washington food and farm products. That's less than 1 percent of the state's $8.8 billion in agriculture exports.
A department spokesman, Mike Louisell, says the top four commodities shipped to Russia were fish, apples, pears and poultry.
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