Dan Wheat

Central Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

UN says dairy an ally in Asia’s nutrition challenges

- The main beneficiaries have been small farmers, who produce nearly 80 percent of the milk in Asia.

California lawmakers aim to protect immigrants from Trump

- Debate was heated over Democrats’ resolutions urging Trump to continue to issue work permits to young immigrants brought to the country as children.

Selected Western hay price reports

- Trade slow with light to moderate demand in the Columbia Basin.

Western grain market report

- Bids for U.S. 1 Soft White Wheat delivered to Portland in unit trains or barges during December for ordinary protein trended steady to 11 cents per bushel lower compared to Nov. 24 prices.

California shell egg price report

- Retail demand is reported as moderate to good while movement into food service accounts is seasonally moderate.

Western fluid milk and cream review

- Bottling demand from educational institutions is returning after the Thanksgiving holiday break.

National stocker and feeder cattle report

- Steers and heifers traded $2 to $6 higher with most steer calves under 600 lbs. up to $10 higher.

Selected Western livestock auction reports

- Stocker and feeder cattle were $2-7 higher at the Toppenish, Wash., Livestock Auction.

Group accuses water allocators of depriving farm-dependent species

- The Pacific Legal Foundation says federal water allocators deprive nearly a dozen mperiled species of water south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

Biggest fertilizer distribution plant opening planned

- Valley Agronomics plans to start filling a new plant near Pocatello, Idaho, with dry fertilizer this month.

Olmstead named Idaho ag college assistant dean

- Milk Producers of Idaho Executive Director Brent Olmstead has been named the assistant dean for government and external relations at University of Idaho's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

New 4-H educator seeks to build up Bannock County program

- Nikola Dalton, the new University of Idaho Extension 4H educator serving Bannock County, aims to build up her county's 4H program.

Members of Congress push for more hops research

- Resources should be reallocated so that hop research can be expanded into two, full-time USDA-ARS positions, more than 100 members of Congress say.

Western Innovator: ‘A rancher fixing ranchers’ problems’

- As a rancher and Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission employee, southeast Idaho rancher Chris Banks has seen both sides of the fence when it comes to water and soil conversation efforts.

EPA and tribe: State should stay out of What’s Upstream

- EPA and Swinomish tribe say the Washington Public Disclosure Commission isn't the proper venue to investigate What's Upstream.

Tyson announces plans for $150 million venture fund

- The venture fund’s first investment is a 5 percent ownership stake in Beyond Meat, a California-based company that makes “plant-based protein.”

Grain storage a concern in South Dakota heading into winter

- Cold weather is critical to preserving grains, such as corn.

Thinning project pitched to save big pines in Oregon forest

- The Forest Service proposes treating 756 acres of stands within a quarter-mile of the corridor, including the commercial logging of about 6 million board feet of smaller competition trees in 11 different units.

Rancher embraces buffaloes’ beauty, but not horns

- Mike Marvin runs one of the northernmost buffalo ranches in the lower 48.

Battle lines drawn in Washington over new wells

- Washington House committees drill deeper into whether lawmakers should intervene to blunt court ruling that could stop new wells from being drilled for rural homes.

Industry seeks better malting barley varieties

- The American Malting Barley Association is seeking improved varieties to bolster barley acres.

In farming, sustainability means loving it, sticking with it and passing it along

- Women entering agriculture are urged to stick with it, learn from experienced farmers and pass the knowledge and love along to others.

Hershner Hunter, LLP welcomes Michael Gelardi


Hershner Hunter, LLP welcomes Michael Gelardi to our Eugene-based legal team.  Michael’s practice focuses on agribusiness, land use and natural resources law.  Michael previously spent eight years at Davis Wright T...

Northern California’s wet pattern to continue in December

- A rainy pattern in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest could continue at least through mid-December, forecasters say.

Analyst: Export market key to growth of Oregon microbreweries

- An economic analyst says breweries should "reverse the Oregon Trail" and make more of a push to sell their craft beer out of state and overseas.

Weed, predator funding on chopping block at ODA

- Weed biocontrol and predator control funding is on the chopping block at the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

BLM issues controversial new land-planning rule

- The Bureau of Land Management has issued a final rule updating its land-use planning process, and advocates for rural counties and public lands grazing vow to fight it.

Walden chosen to chair House Energy and Commerce Committee

- The appointment will give Walden oversight of federal departments in charge of consumer protections, food and drug safety, public health, environmental quality and energy policy.

California treasurer to study legal marijuana and banking

- In general, the state will treat cannabis like alcohol. Taking effect in 2018, the law allows people 21 and older to legally possess up to an ounce of pot and grow six marijuana plants at home.

Kroger digs in with food prices tumbling

- On Thursday, Kroger lowered its 2016 per-share profit expectations.

Idaho officials sell commercial properties for $17.3 million

- The Idaho Department of Lands sold the properties on Thursday in an auction that officials say brought in $4.5 million more than the appraised value of the properties.

Portland daily grain report

- Bids as of 9:30 a.m. Pacific time; subject to change.

2 Montana reservoirs with invasive mussels closed to boats

- The team is contacting experts in other states to determine if lowering reservoir levels could help control the spread of the mussels.

California’s new water conservation plan focuses on cities

- Diana Brooks, head of water efficiency at the Department of Water Resources, which oversees farm water use, said the proposal would require agricultural water district managers to keep better track of how their water is bei...

Workers: Sexual harassment also rampant at Forest Service

- A supervisor who harassed and assaulted a woman was allowed to retire with full benefits, then was rehired as a contractor and even selected to give a motivational speech to an elite firefighting group.

Washington farmer wins national wheat yield contest

- An Eastern Washington wheat farmer has topped the National Association of Wheat Growers' revived yield contest.

Falling number problems perplex Northwest wheat industry

- Farmers were blindsided this year by low falling number in their wheat when they expected a good yield. Some farmers saw prices reduced by 50 percent.

Wheat growers oppose dam breaching during public scoping meeting

- Wheat growers and members of other ag industries are being encouraged to participate in a public comment process and make their opinions known on the operation of the Columbia-Snake river system.

Farm Bureau leaders: Election results show power of rural America

- Idaho Farm Bureau Federation leaders pointed to the results of the recent national election to show IFBF members what can be accomplished when rural America makes its voice heard.

California strawberry production poised for record despite slow start

- Strawberry production in California is on pace to set a record in 2016 despite a slow start caused by last winter's rains.

U.S. farm income continues to shrink

- USDA is forecasting the lowest farm income in seven years but points out the farm economy remains healthy despite challenging markets.

Horses mow and bale their own hay

- The farm has 25 acres in hay — enough hay to feed the horses and sell a little.

Test your horse IQ with this equine quiz

- Quiz will determine whether you're a tenderfoot or a top hand.

Cattleman looks for answers to problems

- There are three things Jack Lavers doesn't like: more government regulations, negative meat publicity and snow.

SugarBee apples head to stores this month

- A new apple variety, SugarBee, that may rival Honeycrisp, is being test marketed for the first time in stores this month by Chelan Fresh Marketing.

Spud officials optimistic about prospects for larger crop

- Potato production is up slightly in the U.S. and Canada, but industry officials are optimistic about the crop quality and export opportunities.

Brothers raise cattle for high desert

- Matt Duckett is treasurer of the Idaho Cattle Association. Adam Duckett serves on the board of directors for the Owhyee Cattlemen’s Association

3 Sisters Beef a family effort

- While beef is their biggest business — their current herd is about 400 mother cows — they also raise hogs, lambs, and fryers to keep the farm diversified.

Father, daughter follow holistic strategies

- Lazy R Ranch relies on a philosophy called Holistic Management, a system developed by a Zimbabwean wildlife biologist and farmer named Allan Savory.

Brothers have ranching in their blood

- Cody and Lee Sandberg grew up around livestock.