WICHITA, Kansas (AP) – A Kansas trade official says Russia’s ban on U.S. food imports will hurt Russia more than it will harm Kansas farmers.
The state Agriculture Department says Kansas ships more than $50 million worth of agricultural products to Russia, mostly soybeans and live breeding cattle.
The department’s international trade director, J.J. Jones, said Thursday that Kansas sold $15 million worth of soybeans to Russia in the first half of 2014.
Sales of live breeding cattle to Russia are down because of domestic demand as U.S. ranchers rebuild their own herds. Russia buys $149 million in live cattle each year from the United States, and Kansas is one of its top three suppliers.
Kansas hasn’t sold beef to Russia in two years because of its ban on growth additives fed to cattle.