In this Aug. 28, 2013 file photo, Florentino Ornelas, mill assistant at Blue Mountain Seed in Walla Walla, Wash., unloads chickpeas for processing at the plant.
Acreage devoted to chickpeas has exploded in the past decade in Washington and Idaho, which grow some two-thirds of the nation's supply. Chickpeas require little water, and that's a major plus in the dry region. (AP Photo/Tri-City Herald, Paul T. Erickson, File)
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Consumers can't get enough of hummus, and chickpea producers are reaping the benefits. Lawmakers in the nation's capital have taken notice, too. The new Farm Bill contains two provisions intended to boost consumption of chickpeas even more.