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Mon Dec 31, 2018, 01:31 PM

Chickpeas Sit In Silos As Trump's Trade Wars Wage On


December 31, 20189:00 AM ET

ANNA KING

On a recent rainy day, farmer Allen Druffel stands outside a silo shuffling his feet in the gravel. This co-op bin is where he stores his dried garbanzo beans in the tiny town of Colton, Wash. The place should be busy; trucks should be loading and hauling this year's crop to markets and international ports. But midafternoon, there's just the rain.

Since farmers like Druffel brought in this year's crops, hardly any garbanzos — or chickpeas — have moved.

"Thirty to 40 percent of our total revenue is in the bin," Druffel says. "And we're not sure what we want to do with it."

And it's bad times for lentils and peas, too. In the agriculture industry, these are all called pulse crops. The largest importers of U.S. pulse crops have slapped tariffs on them, and they've been sitting in silos ever since.

Bitter bumper

The real trouble started early this year, with the U.S. pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Then came President Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs. China and India are the two largest buyers of American garbanzos, peas and lentils, and those exports have all but stopped. Other countries are holding off on buying them, too, while the prices are unstable.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2018, 01:32 PM

1. Just tell Trump "chickpeas"

 

and he’ll be alllll over this.

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Response to Codeine (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 31, 2018, 01:34 PM

2. He will deny being in Moscow.

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Response to Codeine (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 31, 2018, 01:42 PM

4. Oh goddammit.

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Response to Codeine (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 31, 2018, 01:47 PM

5. What's the difference between a garbanzo and a chickpea?

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Trump never had a garbanzo on his bed.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2018, 01:42 PM

3. Hummus and various healthy middleeastern dishes should be made by

patriotic Americans to use this supply. I KNOW I have been doing my share - between Hummus, and a salad with spiced chickpeas and in the stew for couscous.

Seriously, Trump has miscalculated badly. Now that TPP started without us -- we will lose many sales.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2018, 01:49 PM

6. republicans have pissed on America's farmers

deplorable

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2018, 02:14 PM

7. Chickpea farmers suffering 'a real catastrophe' after Trump's trade war tanks prices by more than ha

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