Dan Wheat

Central Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

Stemilt picks a new apple

- One of the nation's largest tree fruit companies, Stemilt Growers Inc., has hooked up with the University of Minnesota for rights to grow and manage a new apple variety it's sure will be a winner.

Princess in cockfighting case gets probation

- The Walkers were arrested in 2013 after authorities said they staged at least 10 cockfighting derbies in a barn at their ranch in Irrigon, Ore., 175 miles east of Portland.

Caterpillar beats Street 3Q forecasts

- Caterpillar expects full-year earnings to be $6.50 per share, with revenue expected to be $55 billion.

Brazilian companies raise Chiquita offer to $681M

- The latest bid from Safra and Cutrale is for $14.50 per Chiquita share, up from an offer of $14 per share earlier this month. They had bid $13 per share in August.

Record rain in Portland triggers sewer overflow

- Wednesday’s sewage overflow is the third such event in 2014.

Union Pacific 3Q profit chugs ahead 19 percent

- The Omaha, Nebraska-based railroad said Thursday that it earned $1.37 billion, or $1.53 per share, for the quarter ended Sept. 30. That’s up from $1.15 billion, or $1.24 per share, a year ago.

Sweetener users study: Mexico trade case costly

- A white paper analyzing the economic impacts of imposing duties on Mexican sugar in response to a trade case filed by American sugar producers finds U.S. consumers and sweetened product manufacturers could pay $2.4 billion ...

Driver’s card puts cart before horse

- Oregon's Measure 88 ballot initiative would grant legal driving privileges to people who can't prove legal residence in the United States.

NAFTA trucking: A deal’s a deal

- The U.S. must live up to all terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement, including allowing Mexican trucks to enter the U.S.

Potato markets

- Oct. 24 potato markets

Cranberry farmers struggle with high supply, low prices

- Washington and Oregon cranberry growers enjoy a good harvest, but Wisconsin farmers will dictate market conditions.

Oregon food politics take the stage at Measure 92 forum

- Supporters and opponents of GMO labeling measure spar at OMSI event.

Judge to hear arguments in Big Island GMO lawsuit

- Agriculture groups and farmers filed a lawsuit in federal court in June seeking to overturn the law, which went into effect in December.

DOL seeks additional charges against growers

- The U.S. Department of Labor wants to expand litigation against Oregon blueberry farmers accused of "hot goods" labor law violations.

Rain damage hits Idaho Barley Commission budget

- The Idaho Barley Commission will cut deep into reserves this season due to widespread quality problems with the malt crop.

Economist doubts population projections

- Projections of massive global population growth may be inflated, which casts doubt on the notion of long term upward pressure on commodity crop prices, an economist says.

UP surcharge raises intermodal freight costs

- Union Pacific is applying an overweight surcharge on intermodal containers headed for western ports, increasing freight costs for ag products headed for export markets.

Groups seek foreign buyers for ethanol cereal byproduct

- The U.S. Grains Council and Renewable Fuels Association hosted reprensentatives from 32 countries at an export conference Oct. 21-22 in Seattle.

Idaho apple growers report bumper crop

- With Idaho's apple harvest winding down, orchardists are reporting a bumper crop this year.

Washington apple harvest starts final leg

- Washington apple harvest enters the home stretch with more selective picking than normal because of a huge crop. Harvest started Aug. 1 and will finish about Nov. 15.

New efforts to ban tobacco farm child labor

- This month, the Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina said it “does not condone the use of child labor” and said tobacco growers and farm labor contractors should not employ workers under 16 years old.

Rustlers grab 3 calves from Culver ranches

- As many as 200 head of cattle are stolen each year in Oregon but many losses aren’t reported to law enforcement.

Woman killed in tractor accident

- Sheriff Bruce Riley says the woman was working Tuesday afternoon with a 49-year-old man in an effort to remove an oak tree on private property.

Portland daily grain report

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

U.S. dairymen adding cows on good margins

- U.S. milk production was up 4.1 percent in September over year-ago levels, boosted by 78,000 additional cows and increased per cow production of almost 2 pounds.

Michigan warns of Serrano peppers with salmonella

- The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on Tuesday issued a consumer advisory for the peppers.

Fire burns pallets, hay in Gilroy

- Fire crews from San Jose, Gilroy and Morgan Hill as well as the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection were fighting the flames.

Americold opens third Idaho cold-storage facility

- Americold opens a refrigerated warehouse in Heyburn, Idaho, anticipating exponential growth in the area's agriculture and dairy industries.

77,000-acre cattle operation changes hands

- Another large property in Central Oregon recently changed hands.

Rice growers wrap up drought-diminished harvest

- California rice farmers are wrapping up their harvest of a crop that's expected to be 23 percent smaller than last year's. Good yields on many of the acres that were planted will help make up at least a small part of the lo...

CPOW plans 10th annual meeting

- The Cattle Producers of Washington hold their annual meeting Oct. 31 in Airway Heights, Wash.

Irrigation district to convert wells to surface water

- Irrigators with southcentral Idaho's A & B Irrigation District plan to build a new pipeline in order to provide supplemental surface water to irrigate about 1,500 acres of farm land where wells are declining.

Cash dairy markets cause head-scratching

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

Idaho dry bean industry sets sights on Costa Rica

- Idaho's dry bean industry sees Costa Rica as one of its best potential new markets and the Idaho Bean Commission will use a $18,000 specialty crop grant to try to make inroads into that Central American nation.

Yellow spud varieties make debut

- An Eastern Idaho company that deals in a wide variety of potato types says yellow spuds are trendy and unveiled two new yellow varieties during a recent produce trade show in Southern California.

Government Contractor Holds Listening Session on Federal Insurance for Specialty Crops from Food Safety and Contamination Issues.

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One action in the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-79) was the inclusion of an amendment to Section 522(c) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act (7 U.S.C. 1522(c)). One portion of this amendment added a subparagraph ...

Josephine County to vote on pesticide ban

- Opponents of a proposed ban on commercial pesticide use in Oregon's Josephine County say the measure is pre-empted by state law but could nonetheless spur vandalism, trespass and assault.

WSU grad named Washington state veterinarian

- Washington state names WSU graduate Joe Baker new state veterinarian.

Washington, Oregon potato farmers eye Southeast Asia

- Oregon and Washington agricutural officials will leave this month for a trade mission to Southeast Asia to promote Northwest potatoes.

Mathisons renew effort to gain more cherry ground

- It seemed dead in February, but now the Mathison family is making a new attempt to get public lands for cherry orchard expansion in prime cherry and wildlife country south of Wenatchee.

Hal Salwasser, former OSU College of Forestry dean, dies at 69

- Hal Salwasser, former dean of the Oregon State University College of Forestry, has died at age 69.

College of Forestry hopes to build ‘showpiece’

- The plans include a remodel of Peavy Hall, headquarters of the college, and construction of a Center for Advanced Wood Building Design and Manufacturing, which will include laboratories to test and create new wood-product d...

Wood more environmentally sound building material, OSU forester says

- Oregon State University forestry dean touts advantages of building with wood.

Nation’s pro rodeo leaders

- A listing of the top U.S. rodeo performers.

N.Y. grants $17.6 million to protect 21 farms

- The funds will help preserve 21 farms in 12 counties, bringing the total acreage under the farmland protection program to approximately 59,000 acres.

Wild horse adoption planned in Boise

- the horses from the Hard Trigger Wild Horse Herd Management Area will be available at the Boise Wild Horse Corrals off Pleasant Valley Road in south Boise.

Cattle killed in E. Idaho tractor-trailer crash

- The truck failed to make it around a corner and tipped over, according to authorities.

Rain damage, water shortage hamper pumpkin crop

- A few rain-damaged pumpkins in northern areas and water shortages in the San Joaquin Valley put a blemish on what has otherwise been a decent pumpkin crop in California, growers say.

Portland daily grain report

- Bids for US 1 Soft White Wheat for October delivery in unit trains or barges were not fully established in early trading but bids were indicated as higher compared to Monday’s noon bids for the same delivery period.

America says no to cappuccino potato chips

- It was the second year for the contest, which is designed to send customers to stores in search of the flavors. Last year’s winner, Cheesy Garlic Bread, is still on shelves.