SWLA rice industry weighs in on Russian ban on U.S. imports - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Southwest Louisiana rice industry weighs in on Russian ban on U.S. imports

SWLA rice industry weighs in on Russian ban on U.S. imports

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Russia has imposed a ban on agricultural imports from the United States, but will this have a negative impact on the Southwest Louisiana rice industry? Local rice milling companies and rice farmers say they don't think they'll have anything to worry about.

"From a pure agricultural stand point, this has no impact on our local producers," said CEO of Farmers Rice Milling Company in Lake Charles Jamie Warshaw. "Russia is one of those countries that depend greatly on the world to feed its people. About 40 percent of what Russia consumes has to be imported; it's somewhat political suicide."

Commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Mike Strain says some industries like the meat and soy bean industry, which are some of the goods that have been shipped to Russia, may see most of the negative impact. Though it may affect Louisiana agriculture as a whole, he says the state will work together to overcome this potential crisis.

"If he doesn't choose to buy any of our products then we will just make a concerted effort to sell more to our other trading partners," said Strain. "At the end of the day, you know, we will persevere."

The White House said the ban will only deepen Russia's isolation from the international community.

The imports are to be banned or limited for up to one year.

Copyright 2014 KPLC. All rights reserved.From

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • #breaking

    Kinder man struck and killed by vehicle overnight near Iowa

    Kinder man struck and killed by vehicle overnight near Iowa

    Thursday, November 23 2017 12:26 PM EST2017-11-23 17:26:28 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    A Kinder man is dead after he darted into the path of a vehicle near Iowa Wednesday night, according to authorities.

    More >>

    A Kinder man is dead after he darted into the path of a vehicle near Iowa Wednesday night, according to authorities.

    More >>
  • breaking

    Sasol to end GTL projects worldwide

    Sasol to end GTL projects worldwide

    Thursday, November 23 2017 10:15 AM EST2017-11-23 15:15:35 GMT
    (Source: website)(Source: website)

    Sasol announced today that it will no longer pursue equity investments in greenfield gas-to-liquids projects. 

    More >>

    Sasol announced today that it will no longer pursue equity investments in greenfield gas-to-liquids projects. 

    More >>
  • SWLA teen going to Carnegie Hall - again

    SWLA teen going to Carnegie Hall - again

    Thursday, November 23 2017 9:38 AM EST2017-11-23 14:38:31 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV
    Ethyn Evans is going to be getting plenty of air miles on his tuba next year.  He starts the new year off marching in the U.S. Army's All-American Bowl in San Antonio. Later trips in 2018 include Carnegie Hall and Sydney Australia. For him , it's the second trip to Carnegie. "It was absolutely amazing," remembers Evans. "It's been one of my dreams since I was a little kid. Ever since I began playing tuba, to play at a nice concert hall like that. So it was really ...More >>
    Ethyn Evans is going to be getting plenty of air miles on his tuba next year.  He starts the new year off marching in the U.S. Army's All-American Bowl in San Antonio. Later trips in 2018 include Carnegie Hall and Sydney Australia. For him , it's the second trip to Carnegie. "It was absolutely amazing," remembers Evans. "It's been one of my dreams since I was a little kid. Ever since I began playing tuba, to play at a nice concert hall like that. So it was really ...More >>
Powered by Frankly