Dan Wheat

Central Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

Capital Press names editor and publisher

- Joe Beach, the editor of the Capital Press, has also assumed the duties of publisher.

Law professor tells producers to keep cool if ICE shows up

- Worried about labor shortages and seeking to protect their workers, five Oregon agricultural groups hosted an Immigration Forum.

Eastern Oregon farmers seek to eradicate tumbleweeds

- Tumbleweeds may evoke Old West nostalgia, but they are a scourge for wheat farmers in present-day Oregon

Trump: National monuments a ‘massive federal land grab’

- Executive order could upend protections put in place in Utah and other states under The Antiquities Act of 1906.

Wyoming wolf hunt could return after court order

- Wyoming managed wolves from 2012 to 2014 until a judge reinstated federal protections amid concern that Wyoming’s were inadequate.

U.S. milk production recovering from hard winter

- The lingering effects of a challenging winter are still seen in milk production in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, but losses are moderating.

Trump proposing ‘biggest tax cut’ in US history

- President Donald Trump is proposing "the biggest tax cut" ever, even as the government struggles with mounting debt

Peas take hold in East Idaho rotations

- A Northern Idaho green pea buyer has been buying from growers in Eastern Idaho, where the high elevation keeps damaging weevils at bay.

Judge cites Trump’s words in blocking ‘sanctuary city’ order

- Court ruling another immigration policy setback for the administration as it approaches its 100th day in office later this month.

Sales of Northwest pears are slow

- Even with a smaller crop, pear sales are slower than they should be in the Pacific Northwest this season, partly because of a large apple crop, a top pear man says.

High Plains-Farm Trouble

- A swath of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas has been in a drought or near-drought condition for six months.

Washington hay field day set

- Hay growers in Northeast Washington may learn about poisonous plants and pesticides and more at a Washington State University field day in Clayton, Wash., May 13.

Ag community gives thumbs-up to new USDA secretary

- After a long confirmation process, agriculture groups are eager to work with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue.

Beef demand keeps cattle moving through feedlots

- With three years of herd expansion, no one should be surprised by higher placements, an analyst says.

California’s new FFA officers embrace growth

- California FFA’s newly elected state officers take the reins of a growing organization that is moving its state convention next year after 24 years in Fresno. The conference will now alternate between Anaheim and Sac...

Trump targets burdensome ag regulations

- President Donald Trump is insisting his promised wall along the Southern border will be built by the end of his first term in office

Private recharge group forms to resolve water dilemma

- Nine Eastern Idaho canal companies have formed a group to conduct managed aquifer recharge to benefit their local groundwater districts.

Trump to order review of national monument designations

- The Antiquities Act of 1906 authorizes the president to declare federal lands of historic or scientific value to be “national monuments” and restrict how the lands can be used.

Pear growers renew oldest marketing order

- Growers representing 90 percent of production volume voted to renew the Fresh Pear Committee of Marketing Order 927 for six years.

Controversial bills meet their end in legislature

- Multiple controversial bills related to Oregon agriculture have recently met their end, at least for the 2017 legislative session.

Oregon State University displays new logo

- The logo is intended to represent the breadth of OSU’s ground-level ag, forestry and natural resource work across the state.

Washington raspberry growers eye trade practices

- Washington Red Raspberry Commission hires law firm to probe practices of foreign competitors

R-CALF wants Brazil beef ban until COOL resurrected

- Rancher group hopes to collect 100,000 signatures on petition.

Bears emerge as milk supply grows

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

DuPont beats 1Q profit forecasts; seed sales jump

- DuPont tops 1Q Wall Street expectations as seed sale volume boosts revenue

Conflict brewing between oyster farm, Tillamook dairies

- A lawsuit filed by an oyster farm over allegations of insufficient dairy waste regulation iin Oregon's Tillamook Bay has been dismissed, but it's likely to be soon refiled.

Medical marijuana regulations a vote from governor’s desk

- Montana lawmakers are a vote away from sending the governor a bill that creates licenses, fees and regulations for medical marijuana distributors

Portland Daily Grain Report

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

Senate panel approves Trump’s choice to lead trade office

- Robert Lighthizer will take his cues from a president who has broken with most Republicans in his criticism of free trade agreements.

Feds stumble again with split verdict in Bundy standoff case

- A federal jury in Las Vegas found two gunmen guilty of some charges in a 2014 armed standoff that stopped federal agents from enforcing court orders and confiscating cows belonging to Cliven Bundy from public rangeland near...

FFA students hone skills in science competition

- Students at the annual California FFA convention in Fresno entered science projects in a variety of categories, from food systems to power generation, Several dozen plaques and ribbons were awarded for the best projects.

Trump slaps tariff on Canadian softwood lumber

- The Trump administration is moving to impose a 20 percent tariff on softwood lumber entering the United States from Canada, escalating an intensifying trade dispute between the two countries

Senator criticizes EPA watchdog after it clears What’s Upstream

- EPA watchdog finds nothing wrong with What's Upstream

ODFW Commission hears wolf plan testimony

- The meeting was dominated by input on the Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan’s five-year review.

Farmers race to do spring work between rainstorms

- Wheat farmers are trying to get into their fields, but rain keeps delaying them.

May Day immigration rallies planned

- Immigration activists encourage workers to strike for a day on May 1 to protest federal immigration policies and enforcement. Farmworker participation may not be all that high.

Senate confirms Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary

- The Senate has confirmed former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary

Industry support boosts Idaho spore sampling network

- The agricultural industry has contributed about $112,000 toward a program intended to give growers early warning when harmful spores arrive in the state.

Rain delays spud planting across E. Idaho

- Growers say they’re falling behind in planting their spring crops.

National wool and sheep report

- Slaughter lambs were steady to $20 higher.

Western hay price report

- Oregon prices trended generally steady in a limited test compared to week-ago prices.

West Coast grain price report

- Bids for U.S. 1 Soft White Wheat delivered to Portland in unit trains or barges during April for ordinary protein trended 10 to 23.50 cents per bushel lower compared to April 14 prices for the same delivery period at $4.262...

California shell egg price report

- Asking prices for next week are 4 cents lower for Jumbo and Extra Large, 3 cents lower for Large, and 3 cents higher for Medium and Small.

Western fluid milk and cream review

- Idaho, Utah and Colorado milk production is steadily increasing.

National feeder and stocker cattle report


Cattle prices in dollars per hundredweight (cwt.) except some replacement animals per pair Oregon head as indicated.


(Federal-State Market News)

St. Joseph, Mo.

Selected Western livestock auctions

- Stocker and feeder cattle steady to $3 higher at the Toppenish, Wash., Livestock Auction.

Water agency to hold community meetings on Oroville Dam project

- The state Department of Water Resources is holding a series of meetings in Northern California to discuss repairs and reconstruction of the Oroville Dam’s spillways.

First farmer lawsuit on deck against Syngenta over China trade

- The first lawsuit out of tens of thousands across the U.S. is about to go to trial against Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its decision to put a genetically engineered corn variety onto the U.S. market before China a...

Two found guilty in Bundy Nevada standoff

- Las Vegas jury continues to deliberate on other defendants.

Biodiesel sunflower project attracts unwanted visitors

- Pacific Biodiesel Technologies plans to get 100 gallons of oil per acre at the site to produce biofuel.