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Farmers in eastern Washington and Idaho are having a difficult time getting some of their crops to market. For years, many used the container ship service at the Port of Portland to get their lentils and chickpeas to countries like China, India and Peru. But a long running labor dispute drove container ship carriers from Portland last spring. 


Washington state lawmakers have until next week to pin down a budget. If they don’t, parts of state government will shut down. In the midst of a drought, that could have ramifications for farmers and for fish.

This year’s drought is affecting Washington in all kinds of ways. It’s even threatening to make a potential government shutdown even more painful. That would happen on July 1 unless a budget agreement is reached.