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Louisiana farmers face heavy losses after Russian ban on U.S. imports

Louisiana farmers may face a financial loss after Russia has banned U.S. agricultural imports. Louisiana farmers may face a financial loss after Russia has banned U.S. agricultural imports.
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Louisiana farmers are facing the potential of a huge financial loss in the upcoming year after Russia has imposed a ban on agricultural imports from the United States.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered a ban on food and agricultural imports from countries that imposed sanctions against his country.

The move comes more than a week after the U.S. and the European Union increased economic sanctions on Moscow for supporting pro-Russian separatists fighting along the border with the now Russian-annexed area of the Ukraine known as Crimea.

Coming up at 6, KSLA News 12 will talk to Dr. Michael Strain of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture about how the ban will impact farmers across the state. We have also reached out to Arkansas and Texas.

And later on KSLA.com, we'll break down the numbers of exports from Louisiana farmers to Russia, including their values.

The White House said the move will only deepen Russia's isolation from the international community.

The imports are to be banned or limited for up to one year.

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