U.S. Sens. Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar and 28 other senators are asking Russia to allow American poultry imports.
The two Minnesota Democrats signed a letter to the Russian ambassador after his country continued to block imports following what appeared to be an agreement to allow poultry sales.
â€œPoultry is a billion-dollar industry in Minnesota and Russia is one of the largest importers of our goods,â€ Franken said. â€œRussiaâ€™s lack of follow through to reopen their market to our products is hurting Minnesotaâ€™s farmers and agriculture industry and thatâ€™s just something I canâ€™t stand for. I will continue to do whatever I can to make sure the ban is lifted as soon as possible.â€
Before Russia stopped accepting American birds, it bought more than any other country.
Minnesota is the country’s largest turkey producing state.