Longshoremen and grain terminal operators are beginning negotiations that could affect farmers across the Northwest and Midwest.
If the talks fail to replace a contract expiring Sept. 30, wheat, corn and soybeans would back up across the U.S. grain belt, affecting billions of dollars in exports and tens of thousands of jobs.
No one predicts failure. But the negotiators, who occupy the narrow end of a gigantic U.S. grain funnel, face unprecedented pressure.
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