Dan Wheat

Central Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

Public lands transfer backers seek convention of states to amend Constitution

- Advocates for forcing the transfer of public lands to Western states say they hope to take up the issue by calling for a convention of states.

Tom Vilsack to take helm of U.S. Dairy Export Council

- Talk in the industry of Vilsack leading USDEC begin in early December; his acceptance of the position was formally announced today.

Portland daily grain report

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

Idaho ag dean is pushing aggressive plan for college

- University of Idaho ag college dean Michael Parrella is moving ahead with an aggressive plan to upgrade the college’s agricultural research stations, increase enrollment and expand graduate student housing.

Columbia River Gorge braces for ice storm

- An incoming weather system is also beginning to spread freezing rain across a broad swath of the Cascades, Central Washington and southwest Washington.

Interior nominee Zinke to be quizzed on public lands, coal

- Ryan Zinke’s commitment to public lands has come into question in recent weeks and is likely to be a point of contention Tuesday as the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee considers his nomination to be Int...

Montana looks to fund effort to combat invasive mussels

- The $10.2 million plan includes increasing the number of watercraft inspection stations, creating decontamination stations and increasing water sample collections.

Teacher’s lesson: Waste not, want not

- The EU wastes 88 million tons of food a year for a population of 510 million.

3,600 chicks killed in Pennsylvania fire

- Farm hands worked to hold the fire in check until firefighters arrived, but it wasn’t enough.

Parts of Latvia under emergency due to African swine fever

- The source of the extremely contagious virus is unclear, but one farm has been put under quarantine and the government has earmarked additional 100,000 euros ($107,000) to fight the disease.

Wyoming to get its first USDA slaughterhouse

- The move will allow the brand to sell Wyoming beef to markets beyond state borders.

Progress made on Mexican potato access

- New rules could allow fresh spuds from the U.S., now limited to within 16 miles of the border, greater access to the Mexican market.

Supreme Court to hear WOTUS appeal

- The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals assertion of jurisdiction to hear challenges to Waters of the U.S. rule

Officials confirm another PCN-infested field

- Officials with USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service say a 150-acre field has been added to their list of Eastern Idaho farm fields under regulation for pale cyst nematode infestation.

Merkley: Owyhee Canyonland monument designation unlikely

- Southeast Oregon residents bitterly oppose designation of a national monument, saying it would cut off grazing and other activity.

Drone companies prepare to train pilots, expand opportunities

- Western commercial drone companies say they’re preparing for growth, following a Federal Aviation Administration decision to relax remote-pilot standards.

National wool and sheep report

- Slaughter lambs were firm to $4 higher, except at San Angelo, Texas, weak to $5 lower.

Western hay price reports

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

Western grain price report

- Cash wheat bids for January delivery ended the reporting week on Thursday, Jan. 12, steady to higher compared to Jan. 5 noon bids for January delivery.

California shell egg prices

- Asking prices for next week are 2 cents lower for Jumbo, 8 cents higher for Extra Large, 9 cents higher for Large and 13 cents higher for Medium and Small.

Western fluid milk and cream review

- Winter storms and low temperatures had a downward influence on milk production in the mountain states of Idaho, Colorado and Utah.

National feeder and stock cattle report

- Many producers have been waiting for this week to sell their spring-born calf crop, evidenced by the showing of nearly 500,000 head sold through auctions, directs and video sales this week.

Selected Western livestock auctions

- Inclement weather impacted several auction because moving cattle was difficult.

Western Innovator: Farm offers visitors taste of county living

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Uganda confirms Avian flu in wild terns, domestic birds

- The Ministry of Agriculture is warning of an imminent “catastrophe.”

WDFW hoped shooting 5 wolves would stop attacks

- Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife releases report on the $134,999 operation to kill seven wolves

Onion facilities collapse under weight of snow

- Severe weather in the Treasure Valley area of Eastern Oregon and Southwestern Idaho has caused the roofs of about 18 onion storage and packing facilities to collapse. That has caused major production disruptions that have r...

Lawmakers warned: Water fight will lead to lawsuits

- Washingon Senate committee warned: Responding to state Supreme Court rulngs will get you in hot water

Utah ranchers forming LLC in innovative grazing plan

- Ranchers in northern Utah are consolidating their grazing permits and livestock to implement rest rotational grazing across 10 allotments and 136,000 acres.

Cold, snow challenge cattle producers

- A winter storm left cattle producers caring for their herds through bitter cold.

U.S. House moves to rein in regulation

- U.S. House of Representatives is making quick headway on regulatory reform, but it remains to be seen how legislation will fare in the Senate.

Widow of slain Oregon standoff leader carries on his mission

- Jeanette Finicum has become something of a cause celebre in the year since her husband’s death.

Timber industry may challenge Cascade-Siskiyou monument expansion

- Travis Joseph, president of the Portland-based American Forest Resource Council, said Friday the expansion improperly included several thousand acres of federal land that Congress has prioritized for logging.

Eagles’ resurgence comes at a price for farmers

- Federal protections mean farmers can do little to keep eagles away, said Ken Klippen, a poultry scientist and former farmer who heads the National Association of Egg Farmers.

Wolverine caught on remote camera in west-central Idaho

- Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Washington state are taking part in the study to find out if the animals can be reintroduced to some regions.

Feds change regulations aimed at stopping horse soring

- The USDA announced changes Friday to the Horse Protection Act.

USDA estimates fewer winter wheat acres than expected

- The USDA’s latest report estimated fewer wheat acres than the industry expected.

Grower forum will tackle falling number problems

- A Washington Association of Wheat Growers forum Jan. 31 in Colfax, Wash., will discuss falling number with farmers.

Malting Barley Association updates list of varieties

- The American Malting Barley Association has updated its list of approved varieties for farmers. Vice president Scott Heisel advises farmers to speak with buyers before they grow, and ensure they have a market for the crop.

Strawberry production stabilizes; China begins imports

- California growers expect to plant 36,141 acres of strawberries this year, up slightly from 2016, as production set another record last year.

Severe winter weather will delay delivery of some papers

- Weather has delayed delivery of some copies of the Jan. 13 edition of the Capital Press.

Weather Service warns of flooding as heavy rain and warm weather approaches

- Portland will shake off the snow that paralyzed the city, but a different kind of trouble is headed toward the region.

Cattlemen meet new legislators, plan bills for 2017 session

- The California Cattlemen’s Association is meeting new members of the Legislature and planning potential bills to sponsor in the 2017 session.

KUHN Celebrates Product Anniversary with Disc Mower Giveaway

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BRODHEAD, Wis. – KUHN, celebrating the 50th anniversary of pioneering the disc mower, is announcing the start of its promotional KUHN Model GMD 280 Golden Giveaway, or jus...

Idaho ag college asks state for $1.85 million infusion

- University of Idaho’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences seeks additional $1.85 million in state funding for graduate student housing, new farm equipment and major lab renovations.

Northwest Ag Show offers everything today’s farmer needs

- Highlights of this year’s Northwest Ag Show, Jan. 24-26 at the Portland Expo Center.

Parking free for all at this year’s Northwest Ag Show

- Parking is free for all three days of this year's Northwest Ag Show.

FFA an integral part of each year’s NW Ag Show

- Ongoing support has enabled Oregon FFA to evolve with the industry. In return, the program provides a steady stream of enthusiastic, well-rounded, trained employees, new business owners and specialists in emerging ag fields.

Worker protection standards highlight seminars

- This year's Northwest Ag Show offers an array of seminars and other presentations thaht will keep farmers and ranchers up to date on many topics.

Ag in the Classroom spreads the word

- In addition to educating kids and families on Ag in the Classroom, at the show Jansen hopes to enlist more members of the ag community to share their knowledge with school-age kids.