Dan Wheat

Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

Despite value, little protection exists for Midwest farmland

- Despite conservation efforts, urban development and the expansion of rural residential real estate over the last 25 years has eliminated farmland across the U.S. at levels not seen since the early 1970s

Purdue grape team offers expertise boosting Indiana wineries

- Purdue's grape team offering expertise helping boost Indiana's growing wine industry

Letter: Dairy farmers and cranberries

- The existing management of dairy farmer member-owned co-ops operate the dairy farmer co-ops not for dairy farmer member benefit but only for management’s benefit.

National feeder and stocker cattle report

- Ranchers were welcomed with open arms and the full strength of the market.

National wool and sheep review

- Feeder lambs were 2.00-10.00 higher.

Yakima Valley Farmers Fight For The Future Of A Cascades Lake

- The plan to tap Kachess Lake is just one piece of a massive compromise that aims to end the Yakima Valley’s water wars.

Judge: North Dakota anti-corporate farm law constitutional

- A federal judge has upheld the constitutionality of North Dakota's Depression-era anti-corporate farming law

Western hay price report

- Trade slow with light demand from exporters, more interest was shown from dairies in the Columbia Basin this week and Canadian buyers.

Grant County says to avoid Moses Lake water areas

- The Grant County Health District is warning people to avoid contact with the water in Moses Lake

Case moved to Provo for man accused in massive 2017 wildfire

- A judge has picked a new venue for the trial of a Utah man charged with accidentally starting a massive wildfire in southern Utah last year

Public meetings called on downsized Grand Staircase plans

- The management of the downsized Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and will be the subject of two public meetings next month

Agency to handle only part of permitting for water pipeline

- A federal agency's decision to pass on permitting for much of the Lake Powell Pipeline has opponents cheering

California shell egg price report

- Brown egg offerings and supplies are extremely light.

Volunteers whip demo vineyard back into welcoming shape

- Grape picking, unattended growth, took toll

Oregon wine industry continues to grow

- The 2017 Oregon Vineyard and Winery Report was released Sept. 19, showing overall increases in sales, revenue and production.

Forests, farmland identified as mercury pollution sources

- Forests and farmlands are major sources of the mercury pollution in the Willamette basin, according to a modeling study commissioned

Western Innovator: Grower succeeds despite counselor’s advice

- innovator

Fluid Milk and Cream — Western U.S.

- Pacific Northwest milk production is following typical seasonal patterns.

Rangeland association calls for partnership with Forest Service

- The High Desert Rangeland Fire Protection Association in south-central Oregon is calling for an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to collaborate on fighting fires.

Onion grower, urban farmer appointed to Oregon Board of Ag

- board of ag

Patients react to new limits on Oregon medical marijuana

- Oregon has been in the crosshairs of U.S. Justice Department leaders for not doing enough to crack down on the black market.

Oregon sees low-oxygen seasons in coastal waters

- Hypoxia was rarely recorded last century, but it has been observed almost annually since 2002.

Colorado meatpacker recalls ground beef after E. coli death

- A Colorado company has recalled more than 132,000 pounds of ground beef after an E. coli outbreak that killed one person and sickened 17

Montana winds down quiet 2018 fire season after record year

- Storms this week are dumping rain across Montana and bringing the state closer to the end of a fire season that's been much smaller and much less expensive than 2017's record-setting year

Idaho city seeks volunteers to scare off crowds of crows

- City officials in Idaho are looking for volunteers to help ward off what has become a local sign of fall: The arrival of roughly 10,000 crows to the city of Nampa.

Editorial: Mass timber movement aims high

- Mass timber, made from lumber and plywood, is engineered to construct large buildings. It is catching on in the U.S., and Oregon wants to lead the movement.

Editorial: Trade tariffs costly for U.S. farmers

- Having quickly put ag producers in jeopardy, President Trump needs to move with haste to make the better deals he promised.

Rabobank: Swine fever changing trade outlook

- Spread of African swine fever in China and/or Europe increases the risk for all countries but is also likely to increase U.S. pork exports.

DEQ honors Clif Bar for pollution prevention

- Idaho Department of Environmental Quality says Clif Bar is at the forefront of innovation to protect the environment.

Trade war casualties add up for U.S. ag

- ---- summary to come....

Selected Western livestock auctions

- Livestock prices from around the region.

Meridian FFA hosts its annual Ag Expo

- The Ag Expo will be held on Sept. 25-27 at Meridian, Idaho, High School.

Quincy FFA chapter a big winner at fair

- When the dust settled, and all the cards had been scored and tallied, the Quincy FFA was the big winner, bringing home 6 banners.

Meridian FFA goes to the fair(s)

- At the fairs our members showed and sold their livestock they have raised.

Column: Innovation key for Central Arizona farmers

- Steve Sossaman, a fourth-generation farmer and member of the Arizona Farm Bureau, grows ancient and heritage grains and alfalfa.

Treasured Sunrise Acres dairy goes goat-only

- The Parma, Idaho, business sells goat milk and its own formulation of feed.

Trump’s tariffs could sow trouble for GOP in farm districts

- Some Democratic candidates are determined not to let Republican members of Congress distance themselves from the president's trade policies

Texas-based Blue Bell expanding 3 years after listeria cases

- Texas-based Blue Bell is expanding three years after a health scare that nearly spelled the end of the line for the beloved ice cream brand

China’s premier appeals for free trade amid tariff battle

- China responded to President Donald Trump’s tariff hike by imposing its own penalties Tuesday on $60 billion of American imports.

Airport grant worries farmland preservationists

- Opponents of a runway expansion at Oregon’s Aurora State Airport worry a $33.3 million federal grant application may lead to more development on farmland.

Federal agency withholds $500K for Oregon water study

- The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is withholding $500,000 allocated for a water quality study of Oregon's Upper Klamath Lake, citing budget cuts

Trade concerns deepen with additional tariffs

- While groups representing farmers and ranchers agree China’s trade tactics need addressing, they say tariffs aren’t the answer and will cause more harm.

Farmworkers reject UFW in long-fought election

- Farmworkers at California’s largest peach and stone fruit farm reject representation by the United Farm Workers Union by a 5 to 1 margin in ballots counted five years after they were voted.

Hazelnut industry aims to inspire culinary uses

- Hoping to inspire new culinary uses, the Oregon Hazelnut Marketing Board recently organized a tour of the hazelnut industry for food companies.

Japanese businessmen serious about investing in Idaho

- Some of the Japanese technology companies want to expand into agriculture and food processing.

Nurseries eye ‘ecommerce’ opportunities

- Selling plants to consumers directly online through “ecommerce” is a new opportunity for nursery growers.

Grain elevators blend wheat to meet falling number standard

- Overseas customers won’t see the starch damage problems in the shipments they receive from the Pacific Northwest.

Federal ag labor bill sits in wings

- A U.S. House bill to address farm labor shortages remains in doubt after failing to get a vote in July. Some groups continue to work for it. Others are not.

Hughson FFA holds car show fundraiser

- Proceeds will go to the 15 FFA members who are attending national convention.

$1 million donation goes to new WSU pollinator center

- Washington State University is raising money for a new pollinator center to help bee research.