Updated at 9:35 a.m. ET Jan. 3
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.