Dan Wheat

Central Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

Washington pot growers seek right-to-farm protection

- Washington marijuana growers seek protection under the state's right-to-farm act, but they still may not be treated like mainstream agriculture

Organic certifiers de-stress transition

- Organic certification is not an all-or-nothing proposition. A mistake or violation could lead to a field losing certification but not the whole farm.

Expert: Efficiency, not regulation, reducing dairy air emissions

- Improved fficiency, not regulation, is reducing emissions from Oregon dairies, an industry expert said.

200 Bushel Club studies companion crops

- An organization devoted to boosting Eastern Idaho wheat yields has publicized results of trials analyzing fertilizer placement and the use of so-called companion crops to boost yields.

Cheese slipping, but butter unsure

- Columnist Lee Mielke wraps up the week’s dairy industry news.

Small farm conference helps attendees thrive

- New and experienced small-scale farmers find what they need at annual get-together.

Panel explores building local food economy

- Growing the local food economy is challenged by Idaho’s climate, the need for year-round production and a lack of processing capacity.

Washington farmers seek shield against agritourist lawsuits

- Washington farmers with agritourism activities are asking legislators for immunity from being sued for injuries and deaths

Portland daily grain report

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

U.S. to expand pool of people targeted for deportation

- The Homeland Security Department memos lay out that any immigrant living in the United States illegally who has been charged or convicted of any crime — and even those suspected of a crime — will now be an enf...

Forecast models expand to honeybees, tree fruit size

- New prediction models of a Decision Aid System for Washington tree fruit growers will be tested this year for fruit size, honeybee foraging and blossom timing.

Wal-Mart tops Street 4Q forecasts

- Wal-Mart Stores posts 4Q profit, results top Wall Street estimates

Progress made on reducing Yellowstone bison herd

- Bison managers are making progress on their goal to eliminate 1,300 bison from the Yellowstone herd.

Sticker shock for olive oil buyers after bad Italian harvest

- From specialty shops in Rome to supermarkets around the world, fans of Italian olive oil are in for some sticker shock this year, with prices due to jump by as much as 20 percent

Tim Hortons owner adding Popeyes to holdings

- Restaurant Brands International’s strategy is to take over well-known fast-food chains that it believes have the potential for wider expansion.

Fresh Del Monte Produce posts 4Q profit

- For the year, the company reported profit of $225.1 million, or $4.33 per share.

UN agency: Almost 1.4 million children face ‘imminent death’ in famine

- The UNICEF announcement comes a day after famine was declared in parts of Unity state in South Sudan, where civil war has raged since late 2013.

Idaho irrigators back bills fighting Oregon fish plan

- The Idaho Water Users Association has drafted four bills positioning Idaho to fight an effort by the State of Oregon to force the reintroduction of endangered fish in the Snake River upstream of the Hells Canyon Complex of ...

France slaughtering all ducks in key region due to bird flu

- Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll said on France Bleu radio Tuesday that the flu spread faster than expected.

NASA aims to measure vital snow data from satellites

- An experiment called SnowEx is using five aircraft to test 10 sensors that might one day be used to monitor snow from satellites.

Creeks, rivers top banks after latest California storm

- Creeks and rivers topped their banks, hundreds of homes were evacuated and several thousand people found themselves trapped in a rural hamlet as Northern California emerged Tuesday from yet another winter storm with the thr...

Breadmaker relies on ancient grains

- Baker Shaun Thompson Duffy uses ancient and heritage grains to bake bread. He currently sells at several locations in Spokane and has a bread subscription business.

California dairy groups weigh USDA marketing order proposal

- Led by the state’s three major dairy co-ops, the initiative came from years of frustration over the price producers receive for milk going into cheese vats.

WDFW cites threats as reason to tighten release of wolf records

- House committee endorses legislation stemming from death threats against Washington wildlife manages and ranchers

National wool and sheep report

- Compared to last week slaughter lambs were mostly steady to $10 higher.

Selected Western hay prices

- Severe winter weather in Idaho has increased demand for hay as most producers feeding larger amounts/day than usual.

West Coast grain price reports

- Bids for U.S. 1 Soft White Wheat delivered to Portland in unit trains or barges during February for ordinary protein trended 1.50 to 2.75 cents higher compared to week ago prices for the same delivery period at $4.8275-4.85.

Pesticide Workshop set for March 1st at GK Machine, Inc.

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SALEM, OR – Pesticide License holders are invited to attend the Pesticide Workshop at GK Machine on March 1, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

California shell egg price report

- Asking prices for next week are 5 cents lower for Jumbo, 7 cents lower for Extra Large, 5 cents lower for Large and 18 cents lower for Medium and Small.

Western fluid milk and cream review

- In the mountain states of Idaho, Colorado and Utah, dairymen are still contending with the lingering effects of recent cold, wet weather.

National feeder and stocker cattle report

- Steer and heifer calves sold steady to $5 higher. Feeder steers and heifers traded mostly steady to $5 lower, with some instances $1-2 higher on 600-700 lb. weights.

Selected Western livestock auctions

- Slaughter bulls steady. Trade active with very good demand at the Toppenish, Wash., Livestock Auction.

Inspector receives American Tree Farm System honor

- Tree inspector wins award; reporter types up press release; editor decides whether to run it

Irrigation managers rush to save property from flooding

- Idaho irrigation and emergency managers are busy trying to protect property from overflowing streams and canals.

Western Innovator: Community publisher joins fight against pest

- Virginia Bruce isn’t a farmer, but she’s become an important community connection as the Oregon Department of Agriculture informs the public about invasive Japanese beetles.

Mexico taking more of plentiful Red Delicious crop

- Washington apple exports to Mexico, China and India are up compared to last year but could be better if the dollar was weaker and fruit was smaller.

Prune producers urged to thin trees for fruit size

- Having larger fruit is important in positioning California prunes against foreign competitors.

Stemilt builds advanced fruit shipping, storage center

- A large Washington tree fruit company is building what is probably the largest and most advanced automated packed fruit storage and shipping facility in the state.

Idaho governor seeks to intervene in federal logging lawsuit

- Gov. Butch Otter says that he’s seeking to make sure the state’s interests receive adequate representation.

On frozen fields, North Korean farmers prep for battle ahead

- Plug your noses and ready your 'Juche fertilizer,' it's time to prep the frozen fields in North Korea

Unilever shares slide after Kraft Heinz withdraws $143B bid

- The deal would have combined Kraft Heinz products such as Oscar Mayer, Jell-O and Velveeta with Unilever’s stable of brands, which include food as well as other consumer goods like Dove soap and Vaseline.

Watchdog: What’s Upstream apparently spent too little

- Updated story on PDC staff clearing of What's Upstream

Bill seeks to end ‘duplicative’ pesticide permits

- Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo has introduced legislation to end a requirement that pesticide applications over or in waterways be permitted by the federal Clean Water Act.

Idaho bill puts court decision on stock watering rights into state law

- Idaho lawmakers will consider legislation that would put into state law an Idaho Supreme Court decision on who owns in-stream stock watering rights on federal land.

Water managers lay out Idaho’s water issues

- Returning the Eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer aquifer to a sustainable level is a monumental task that must be achieved.

Idaho dairymen trying to mitigate flooding

- Unprecedented flooding in Southern Idaho raises concerns over regulatory compliance. State veterinarian says run-on and runoff of water in the current situation has been beyond producers’ control.

Oregon farm regulators may scale back federal inspections

- The Oregon Department of Agriculture may reduce the number of food safety inspections it conducts on behalf of federal authorities.

Food company incorporates crickets into products

- The USDA awarded Bugeater $100,000 to find new ways to turn insects into safe, healthful staple food products that taste good.

Oregonian national Make it With Wool winner

- Two other Oregon contestants competing at the national level were Oregon Senior first-place winner Kyra Forester of Corvallis and Oregon Junior first-place winner Hannah Palmer of Heppner.

International barley hub to benefit farmers, researchers

- A $60 million research center in Scotland is designed to benefit farmers worldwide.