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Dan Wheat

Central Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

Regional livestock auctions

- auctions

Western hay markets

- hay markets

Sacramento River agencies get boost in federal water

- Settlement contractors along the Sacramento River in Northern California will see a boost in planned federal water deliveries to 75 percent of normal, officials announced. State contractors without senior water rights will ...

Jerome High School expands ag offerings

- Jerome High School is expanding its ag education program to meet a growing need. This fall, the program will add eight new course, including upper-level animal science and food science, an additional instructor and an addit...

Rancher, conservationist Bud Purdy dies at 96

- Rancher and conservationist Bud Purdy, 96, died at his ranch on Silver Creek west of Picabo, Idaho, on Monday. Purdy was highly regarded as an early adopter and promoter of rangeland stewardship and rest rotation grazing.

Cattle markets

- cattle marekts

Egg markets

- eggs

Sheep and wool markets


Wool prices in cents per pound and foreign currency per kilogram, sheep prices in dollars per hundredweight (cwt.) except some replacement animals on per head basis as indicated.


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Potato markets

- spuds

Couple grows chestnut orchard in retirement years

- Chestnuts make a good niche crop for retirees.

Apple chips add to orchard’s offerings

- Ron Kelley and his wife, Kimi, have developed flavored apple chips and other dried fruits and fruit mixes in response to customer requests.

Orchard diversifies into a winery

- Williamson Orchards maintains a thriving orchard, growing a wide variety of tree fruit, and most recently has been growing wine grapes and making wine.

Orchard thrives for 132 years

- The Williams family has been in the orchard business for 132 years — and counting.

Orchard keeps family busy

- Marc and Jeanne Isom moved to their present farm near Blackfoot, Idaho, in 1990. The orchard is on 5 acres near their house.

Farmers help bring blueberries to dry region

- Terri and Jeff Weijohn, owners of Blueberry Hill Berries, started growing blueberries as a family project. Now, it is one of their major crops.

Gilbert Orchards gives back to community

- Donating to charities and scholarships is "fundamental to who we are and what we do,” Sean Gilbert, of Gillbert Orchards, says.

Seven generations of Denfelds have farmed

- The Denfelds grow hazelnuts, a crop with rapidly increasing popularity in the WillametteValley.

Family grows hazelnut farm, business

- Freddy Guys Hazelnuts are sold in bulk all over the nation and to other parts of the world, including China and Vietnam. A large portion of sales, however, are direct orders from repeat customers, restaurants, delis, small ...

Table grapes grower post record year

- Table grapes are growing in popularity across the nation and the world. The 2013 crop set a record.

Central Valley grower offers advice ‘in a nutshell’

- Generations of the Wenger family have grown walnuts.

Central Valley olive grower battles imports

- Jeff Martin grows olives for oil near San Martin, Calif. He and other California growers face competition from cheap, low-quality imported olive oil.

Family farms a different kind of fruit

- Kiwis are a diffrerent kind of fruit — they're easy to grow and require little pesticides.

Capital Press calendar of events

- Selected events that are of interest to Capital Press readers.

Pulled over on the information super highway

- Columnist Ryan Taylor talks about life in the country — with high-speed Internet.

Students help ag newcomers in animal care workshops

- 4-H students will help newcomers to agriculture learn to tend to their animals at the WSU Snohomish County Extension May 3-4. The workshops feature demonstrations and hands-on workshops with live animals, including sheep, g...

USDA awards $197 million in marketing funds

- The USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service has announced its 2014 farm bill awards and is now taking applications for 2015 funds.

Stripe rust find puts resistance gene in question

- Researchers have found stripe rust on Kaseberg, an Oregon State University soft white wheat variety that has a stripe rust resistance gene. Further research will show whether it's a new strain of stripe rust or the resistan...

Farmers test Internet ‘crowdfunding’ market

- Crowdfunding is an alternative means of obtaining money for farms and orchards.

NAWG supports GMO labeling proposal

- The National Association of Wheat Growers supports the proposed Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. If passed, the legislation would help provide clarity to the GMO issue, says Will Stafford, director of government affairs...

Frulact to begin construction in Idaho

- Rupert, Idaho, and Frulact have finalized an agreement announced last October. The fruit-preparation company will begin construction on a 200,000-square-foot plant in May.

Northern Idaho poachers taking heavy toll on game

- Officials say that last year in Northern Idaho they confirmed poaching of 30 elk, four moose, 13 mule deer and 57 whitetail deer.

Salmon released in California river restoration

- The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released 54,000 hatchery-produced salmon into the river from a site near Fresno on Thursday.

Asparagus harvest off to good start in Washington

- About 5,000 acres in Washington are producing asparagus this spring. Another 500 or so acres are nonbearing, either because they are newly planted or old, so there’s not as much production and growers aren’t h...

North Carolina apple growers optimistic about cold

- Agriculture experts say the colder weather this winter meant that apple blooms were not as far along as they were two years ago, when an April cold snap devastated the crop.

China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted

- More than 80 percent of the pollution is the result of inorganic toxins, with the top three contaminants identified as cadmium, nickel and arsenic.

Donor funds teaching ranch in her will

- The will allows for a “considerable amount” of her estate to support a renewed effort by the universities to use the more than 50,000-acre Y Cross Ranch between Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyo., as a location to tea...

Horse virus cases showing up in Upper Midwest

- Three cases of equine herpes virus have been documented this year in North Dakota and seven in Minnesota.

PepsiCo’s profit rises on snack sales, price hikes

- The company, which also makes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Mountain Dew and Tropicana, said global snack volume rose 2 percent in the period. Global beverage volume was unchanged from a year ago.

Organic food firm coming to central Pennsylvania

- WhiteWave Foods plans to occupy a vacant facility in Sandy Township, Clearfield County. The company, based in Broomfield, Colo., makes Silk brand soy milk, Earthbound Farm brand products, and Land O’ Lakes coffee cre...

Idaho potato truck starts third tour

- The Idaho Potato Commission's Great Big Idaho Potato Truck has left on another national tour.

Ruling may change Calif. water pricing, delivery

- A ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals may affect the pricing and timing of water deliveries for certain irrigators in California.

Dairy margin insurance offers flexibility

- The new dairy margin protection program in the farm bill provides a better safety net and more flexibility to producers, offering them another risk-management tool. With an expected short sign-up period, producers are being...

Navel orange yields better than expected after freeze

- Navel orange growers in California may finish with a larger crop than they had expected after the December freeze. Harvest is expected to wrap up within the next three weeks.

FAA prevents ag drones from taking off

- Federal regulatory inertia on the commerical use of unmanned aerial vehicles could stiffle innovation as farmers and entrepreneurs find ways to use drones in agriculture.

Why cheese is essential to ag trade growth

- A cheese by any other name would not sell as well, columnist Melissa George Kessler says. That's why U.S. trade negoatiators must keep the best interests of farmers in mind.

Questions remain about GMO science

- Writer Dan Gregg presents his arguments against genetically modified crops.

Idaho pulse acres expected to increase

- Pulse acres in Idaho are expected to increase modestly this year. Chickpea and dry pea acres should increase slightly, while lentil acres could be down.

Traffic jam slows railroad service

- As railroads have been pressed into service to carry oil, wheat farmers and other users say they have been put in the caboose when it comes to serving their needs.

Union Pacific railroad’s 1Q profit up 14 percent

- The Omaha, Neb., based railroad said Thursday that it generated $1.09 billion in net income, or $2.38 per share, in the first quarter. That’s up from $957 million, or $2.03 per share, a year ago. Union Pacific’...

Relocation offers pour in for hot sauce maker

- The city of Irwindale is suing the maker of Sriracha hot sauce and last week the Los Angeles suburb tentatively voted to declare the bottling plant a public nuisance.