Dan Wheat

Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

Is the Willamette Valley’s proposed intermodal facility on the right track?

- transport

Letter: Time for wolves to go

- The only solution to the wolf problem is to ship the wolves back to their natural habitat — Alaska and Canada.

Two positions opening on Oregon Board of Agriculture

- The Oregon Board of Agriculture has two positions opening up that must be filled by farmers and ranchers.

Website helps farmers, landowners make connections

- The website is open to any farmer, but land that is listed must be in Pierce or King counties.

Column: Farmers need trade, not aid

- The U.S. exports one of every three rows of soybeans grown here to China. And 50 percent of all U.S.-grown soybeans are exported around the world.

WDFW resisted sending copter, sheriff to save woman treed by wolves

- Okanogan County sheriff: Wolf incident went 'sideways'

Beef, pork want equal scrutiny for lab-grown meat

- Livestock groups say meat grown in a laboratory should face the same oversight, inspection and labeling requirements as conventional beef and pork.

U.S. Wheat hires new technician for South America

- A new technician position in South America will help increase market demand for all U.S. wheat classes. Andres Saturno joined the team July 9.

Lodgepole blaze reclassified from prescribed burn to wildfire

- Change from prescribed burn to wildfire status boosts strategy options, resource competitiveness

As harvest gets underway, Northwest wheat crop looks ‘superb’

- Pacific Northwest wheat leaders says they are optimistic. Early reports indicate average yields or higher and slightly higher prices compared to last year.

Potato Association of America to meet in Boise

- Ag tour, Idaho and USDA efforts on cyst nematode are among the highlights.

Wolf den site known, but not to Forest Service employee

- Forest Service knew location of den that woman was working near

Fruit leader offers immigration solution

- The president of the California Fresh Fruit Association says immigration could be solved with Congress doing what it can and the president doing the rest by agreement with Mexico.

Eastern Oregon wheat harvest off to fiery start

- Hot and dry weather is elevating the risk of field and grass fires for farmers heading into wheat harvest in Eastern Oregon.

House panel would provide $5 billion for Trump border wall

- The $5 billion in the House bill is well above the $1.6 billion in the Senate version of the bill, which would finance the Homeland Security Department.

Wildfire grows, but trails, campgrounds at Yosemite remain open

- A deadly forest fire continues to spread in the Sierra Nevada west of Yosemite National Park

Wildfire expands in north-central Oregon

- A wildfire burning east of The Dalles in north-central Oregon expanded overnight, and the governor has invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in response

Soy ‘milk’ makers may need to find alternative description

- Soy and almond drinks calling themselves "milk" may need to consider alternative language

JBS USA suspends shipments from Kentucky farm after video

- Tennessee-based Tosh Farms says several actions shown in the video violate its policy, and it will re-train its staff immediately.

Ag groups split over latest House labor bill

- It’s unclear whether an agricultural labor bill, promised a vote by House Speaker Paul Ryan, will get that vote or not. Some agricultural groups support it and some oppose it.

Lab-grown meat could be in restaurants in 3 years

- The aim is to achieve industrial-scale production 2-3 years later, with a typical hamburger patty costing about $1.

Livestock groups balk at FDA claim to ‘fake meat’

- FDA is claiming jurisdiction over animal cell-culture technology, drawing objection from beef and pork producers and criticism from dairy producers.

CME prices push higher, then slip

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

WDFW rolls out wolf-tracking ‘blue blob’

- WDFW rolls out new wolf-data formats

Outlook ‘cautiously optimistic’ for low falling number in wheat

- USDA research plant molecular geneticist Camille Steber says she is cautiously optimistic about the prospects of falling number in this year’s Pacific Northwest wheat crop. Steber is testing wheat samples for suscept...

ODFW says coyote, not cougar, likely attacked Portland dog

- The bite mark were likely inflicted by a coyote, which are more common in Oregon.

Hawaii macadamia nut production increases

- Figures from the National Agricultural Statistics Service show macadamia nut production and farm value in Hawaii increasing from the last season

WeWork takes meat off the menu at company events

- The office-sharing company has locations in 22 countries and a total of 75 cities, including 24 in the U.S.

N. Dakota Agriculture Department surveying dicamba damage

- In North Dakota there were more than 200 complaints last year.

Smoke blankets Yosemite park but trails and lodges are open

- The blaze grew overnight to 14 square miles and was largely burning out of control.

ODFW switching to smartphones for hunting licenses, tags

- The new system is scheduled to go live in December, when the agency begins selling licenses and tags for 2019.

Judge throws out 2 charges against indicted FBI agent

- W. Joseph Astarita’s trial is set to start next week on two counts of making a false statement and one count of obstruction of justice in the incident in which he allegedly fired two errant shots at the truck driven ...

New OSU Extension agent hired for Marion, Clackamas counties

- Betsy Verhoeven said her immediate plans are to connect with growers in the mid-Willamette Valley, listen to their concerns and “get the word out that there is someone here.”

Program teaches students about local food

- Menu focuses on food that has been grown locally.

Teaching farm helps new farmers

- Cloud Mountain Farm Center provides new farmers with the resources they need to get started.

Anheuser-Busch expands barley sustainability efforts

- The program already includes 525 U.S. participants, and 4,500 participants worldwide.

Aquifer recharge, other efforts paying off

- Abundant precipitation, recharge efforts and reduced water use boosted the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer by 1.7 million acre-feet this past winter, after increasing it by 660,000 acre-feet the year before.

Sugar beets ‘nicest looking I’ve ever seen’

- Growers advise to stay proactive on disease, pest scouting, treatment

OSU receives grant to study mass timber

- Oregon State University will receive nearly $500,000 from the USDA to study the effects of moisture accumulation in mass timber buildings.

Washington fires threaten homes, keep firefighters on go

- Wildfires stretched firefighting resources near Wenatchee, Wash., and 50 miles to the east near Soap Lake during the weekend. Homes were threatened, evacuated and saved north of Soap Lake and in less direct danger in Wenatc...

New U.S. Wheat chairman: Trump thinking about farmers’ best interests

- President Donald Trump has wheat farmers’ best interests at heart, new U.S. Wheat chairman Chris Kolstad of Montana says. But growers are not as patient as Trump because their livelihoods are at stake, he says.

New cold storage facility will serve McCain Foods

- The new facility is fully automated and comparable in size to a professional football stadium.

China files WTO challenge to U.S. $200B tariff plan

- The Trump administration has criticized the WTO as unable to deal with the problems posed by China, suggesting a challenge there might have little impact in Washington.

Western Innovator: Early-warning system for diseases proves its value

- Plant-disease forecaster looks to future of high-tech spore sampler.

Rent a tent: Startup matches landowners with campers

- A land-sharing startup called Tentrr matches landowners looking for extra cash with vacationers yearning for solitude under the stars

Letter: Exports aren’t answer for dairy woes

- The marketplace will give a profitable milk price only when the milk supply is balanced with profitable demand.

Texas A&M scientists doing research on cotton, weeds

- Scientists at Texas A&M University are hopeful they've developed the kryptonite for what's been a losing battle against herbicide-resistant weeds now choking cotton fields across the southern U.S.

Export picture promising, but tariffs loom, analyst says

- The U.S. has alienated its three largest dairy customers, but middlemen could keep exports flowing.

Wildlife agencies, sheriff investigate after wolves chase woman

- Agencies followup on woman chased up tree by wolves

Student rescued after climbing tree to escape wolves

- Deputies and a search and rescue team responded as well as a state Department of Natural Resources helicopter crew.