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Russia sanctions affect Washington harvest: Ban on apples, pears to impact local farmers

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YAKIMA — The Russia ban on U.S. farm products affects some pears and apples grown in Washington just as the harvest is beginning.

Russia was the state’s third-largest export market for pears, so those growers will have to move quickly to find new buyers, Mark Powers of the Northwest Horticultural Council in Yakima told the Yakima Herald-Republic.

Growers sold $23 million worth of last season’s pears and apples to Russia, Powers said in a story Friday.

Russia took about 550,000…

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