Local Farmers Concerned Over Russian Ban on US Food Products

August 7, 2014 Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 6:31 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

August 7, 2014 Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 6:31 PM EDT

EDEN, N.Y. (WKBW) On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that his country would restrict imports of agriculture products from countries that supported sanctions against Russia for its involvement in the Ukraine.

The ban affects the import of US fruits and vegetables, meats, and dairy products.

While most WNY farmers do not directly export to Russia, many are concerned because losing the Russian market could create a over-supply of products in the US and Europe.

With American farmers looking for new markets to sell their products, it could set up price wars that would hurt farmers struggling to pay expenses.

"When that processor begins looking for a new market, usually the only way to bust into a new market is to lower the price," added Jim Bittner, president of the Niagara County Farm Bureau.

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