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Farm Bureau president scoffs at Vladimir Putin's agriculture import ban

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In response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's move to limit U.S. agricultural imports, American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman responded by saying, in effect, "What, you think this bothers us?"

Well, sort of. The bureau's actual official statement, emailed to reporters this afternoon, was: "This is clearly a political move. It is unfortunate that the biggest losers in this will be Russian consumers, who will pay more for their food now as well as in the long run. America's farmers and ranchers would have been more surprised if Russia’s leaders had not announced bans and restrictions on food and agricultural imports. They do so regularly for seemingly small reasons and now they have to deal with sanctions imposed by our nation and others."

The AFBF is the nation's largest agricultural trade group.

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