Dan Wheat

Central Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

Washington irrigators alter drought project

- Manual labor replaced the idea of pumps to get more water from wilderness lakes for Wenatchee Valley pear growers.

Three ag pillars to yield a new U.S. relation with Cuba

- One of the key points where the two governments have a clear opportunity to advance trust and understanding is food security.

Australian sheep yields 30 sweaters worth of fleece

- Champion shearer Ian Elkins said the sheep appeared to be in good condition after being separated from his huge fleece.

Dairy expansion proposals stir controversy

- Proposed dairy expansion plans in Oregon have come under fire from vegans and animal rights activists.

WDFW hires wolf consultant, who closes another meeting

- Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has hired a consultant to bring peace between parties at odds over how the state should manage wolves.

Fresno State drought study seeks consensus on water use

- Water experts at California State University-Fresno hope their study of drought impacts in the San Joaquin Valley leads to consensus on how to share limited water resources.

Program pairs veterans with ag careers

- The Spokane Conservation District is reaching out to veterans about pursuing a career in agriculture.

Sequim tries sending reclaimed water to farms during drought

- If the trial run is successful, city officials say they hope to expand the project to serve more farms.

Haggen sues Albertsons for $1 billion over grocery deal

- Tuesday’s lawsuit comes after Albertsons sued Haggen in July for fraud for failing to pay $41.1 million in inventory.

With a high tunnel, an urban farm has high hopes

- A grant from the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service goes to an unusual urban farm in Portland.

OSU ag college recruiting for multiple faculty, staff positions

- A jolt of funding from the Oregon Legislature is allowing OSU's College of Agricultural Sciences to add faculty positions.

Audit finds ‘farmland’ sowing only lower taxes

- Southwest Washington assessor roots out "farmland" no longer being used for agriculture.

Washington and Oregon defend EPA’s new water rule

- Washington and Oregon come to the defense of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers and join legal fray in support of new Clean Water Rule.

Bank claims ownership of radish seeds in cover crop dispute

- A bank has filed a lawsuit against numerous Oregon farms, claiming it owns the radish seeds they produced last year.

Dairy prices ride a roller coaster

- Columnist Lee Mielke rounds up the week's dairy news.

Drought threatens westside water rights, Washington ecology warns

- Washington Department of Ecology warns irrigators in King and Snohomish counties that their water rights could be curtailed if the drought carries over into next year.

UI Extension prioritizes forage in East Idaho

- University of Idaho is asking Eastern Idaho Extension educators to increase their focus on forage production.

Foster Farms chicken plant fined for fouling Columbia River

- Washington Department of Ecology fines Foster Farms for fouling Columbia River.

Nurseries told to stop overwhelming consumers with info

- Nurseries should resist the temptation to overwhelm consumers with plant information, participants were told at the recent Farwest Show.

Rain and rising humidity help firefighters in the West

- Improving weather is allowing firefighters to get ahead of wildfires.

Injunction against federal water rule may expand

- Judge has set deadline to receive briefs arguing for or against expanding injunction to all 50 states.

Crews make progress on large wildfire near John Day

- The fire is 49 percent contained, but a spokewoman says that figure could soon jump considerably.

Crews make progress on large wildfire near John Day

- The fire is 49 percent contained, but a spokewoman says that figure could soon jump considerably.

Prize-winning state fair steer to go to food bank

- Cascade High School students have been raising the steer, named Red Box, with the intention to donate his beef to the Marion-Polk Food Share

Wildfires expand in northern and west-central Idaho

- Eighteen large wildfires are burning in Idaho.

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UI to test new water filtration system on dairies

- A University of Idaho professor who developed technology that removes pollutants from water and saves the nutrients for fertilizer will soon start testing on dairy lagoons.

Sonoma wine grape growers voluntarily cut water use by 25 percent

- Growers operating 68 properties with vineyards in the northern San Francisco Bay area are the latest to agree to voluntarily cut their water use by one-quarter from 2013 levels.

National wool and sheep report

- Heavy slaughter lambs were steady to $10 lower; light slaughter lambs were steady to $10 higher.

Selected Western hay prices

- Trade slow with light demand as exporters slowed down this week in the Columbia Basin.

Selected Western grain markets

- Hard red winter wheat and dark northern spring wheat bids moved lower, while soft white wheat bids were mixed.

California shell egg prices

- Retail demand is light with food service movement light to moderate.

National slaughter, feeder and stocker cattle report

- Order buyers were extremely cautious after aggressive pressure from the stock market tumble and with very bearish outside markets keeping a strain on all commodity markets.

Selected Western livestock markets

- Stocker and feeder cattle mostly $30 lower at the Toppenish, Wash., Livestock Auction. Trade slow with good demand and good buyer attendance. Best demand for all natural black hided steers and heifers.

FFA officers answer public’s questions at state fair

- About 330 exhibitors from the 35 to 40 FFA chapters are involved in the fair this year. They are showing an average of two to three animals each.

Oregon firefighters helped by lighter winds, cooler temperatures

- The forecast calls for mild temperatures all week, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s Monday and Tuesday and then no more than 70 degrees through Saturday.

California takes new approach to regulate pot farms water use

- The new compliance efforts are an ambitious experiment in a state with an estimated 50,000 marijuana gardens spanning Central Valley foothills, the Sierra Nevada and the North Coast.

Rain, humidity give firefighters a hand

- A small amount of rain that fell on Sunday didn’t even reach the floor of the burning forests but raised humidity levels, which helped firefighters.

Portland daily grain report

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

General Mills sets ambitious goal for greenhouse gas cuts

- General Mills will invest more than $100 million in energy efficiency and clean energy within its own facilities worldwide, and partner with suppliers to foster more sustainable agricultural practices, including sourcing pr...

General Mills sets ambitious goal for greenhouse gas cuts

- General Mills will invest more than $100 million in energy efficiency and clean energy within its own facilities worldwide, and partner with suppliers to foster more sustainable agricultural practices, including sourcing pr...

Some Oregon wheat regions do better than others in dry year

- In the Willamette Valley, which accounted for about 100,000 of the state’s 900,000 wheat acres in 2015, yields were down about 20 percent.

Oregon hemp farmer says startup going slow

- This is the first year Oregon farmers can grow hemp legally.

In reversal, abundant grain trains available for harvest

- The reversal is attributed to unprecedented spending on track upgrades, political pressure from politicians in agriculture-rich states and a drastic decrease in trains hauling crude and freight to and from western North Dak...

Farmers, public gather at UI’s Fruit Field Day

- Researchers say they have developed all new types of fruit now grown in Idaho, including varieties of peaches, nectarines, apples, plums and grapes.

Inside Boise’s battle with the Japanese beetle

- The state set traps and found more than 3,000 beetles in one summer.

Ranchers applaud $211 million boost to sage grouse protection

- USDA chief Tom Vilsack has announced a $211 million boost to the Sage Grouse Initiative. Oregon ranchers say greater sage grouse collaboration with federal agencies is paying off.

EPA enforces new water rule in 37 states despite injunction

- The Environmental Protection Agency will enforce its new Clean Water Act rule in 37 states despite a judge's injunction.

EPA water rule impact clear as mud, ag groups say

- The new federal Clean Water Rule takes effect in Washington, Oregon and California, but it's surrounded by plenty of uncertainties.

Wyden seeks change in Forest Service wildfire budgeting

- A "terrible trifecta" of drought, heat and fuel build-up set the stage for the West's wildfires, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden said. A change in the federal budget would provide funds for fighting fires without depleting the Forest...