Senators to Russia: Open bird markets

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.

“Poultry is a billion-dollar industry in Minnesota and Russia is one of the largest importers of our goods,” Franken said. “Russia’s lack of follow through to reopen their market to our products is hurting Minnesota’s farmers and agriculture industry and that’s just something I can’t stand for. I will continue to do whatever I can to make sure the ban is lifted as soon as possible.”

Before Russia stopped accepting American birds, it bought more than any other country.

Minnesota is the country’s largest turkey producing state.

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