Dan Wheat

Central Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

Brown reverses course on Portland highway veto

- Oregon governor vetoes several other bills.

Caving in to unfounded opinions threatens tech advances, expert says

- Agriculture needs to stand united in defending safe technologies and alter the discussion to focus on the problems the technology is trying to fix.

Settlement reached in Duarte Clean Water Act lawsuit

- Farmer John Duarte has agreed to pay $330,000 in civil penalties and purchase $770,000 worth of mitigation credits to resolve a federal lawsuit after he was accused of plowing wetlands on his property in Tehama County, Calif.

BYU students take home $10,000 in new dairy product competition

- The new product competition is in its 10th year and is meant to introduce food scientist students to the opportunities in Idaho’s dairy industry.

Almond advocates seek farm bill funding boost

- Almond Alliance of California president Kelly Covello complains there hasn’t been an increase in recent Farm Bills for such initiatives as the Market Access Program and the Foreign Market Development Program.

Researchers hunt for cause of onion disease

- A relatively new onion disease known as onion bulb rot, which was a major problem in the Treasure Valley region of Idaho and Oregon in 2014 and 2015, has not made an appearance so far this year and some people hope it was o...

Hay export facility opens in Pocatello

- A new facility in Eastern Idaho will press hay and pack containers bound for overseas.

Dairy prices still riding roller coaster

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

Feds award money to boost warnings for West Coast quakes

- The ShakeAlert system could give people seconds or up to a minute of warning.

Proposed copper mine’s permit application is ‘complete’

- After three requests for more information, state environmental regulators say Tintina Montana has submitted a complete application for its proposed copper mine near White Sulphur Springs

South Dakota farmers, ranchers get some drought relief

- Rain has brought South Dakota farmers and ranchers some relief from the drought

Traps catch destructive female leaf-eating moths

- State officials have collected actively reproducing female gypsy moths for the first time in four decades

Rental rates for Idaho farmland down in 2017

- The average cash rent for cropland in Idaho is estimated to be $160 an acre this year, down $8 an acre from last year.

Bison meat niche grows across the West

- Although most bison production is in the Midwest, 14 Oregon ranches are registered with the Northwest Bison Association.

Ranchers’ meeting to discuss wolves, other issues on public lands

- The first in a series of meetings sponsored by the California Public Lands Council will focus on wolf management and other issues faced by ranchers with public lands allotments.

U.S. cranberry growers to seek volume control

- Northwest cranberry production expected to be higher than last year

RMA pushes back East Idaho fall grain planting dates

- USDA’s Risk Management Agency has changed its final fall grain planting dates to enable farmers to reduce exposure to certain diseases that can occur when they plant early.

Dry bean industry excited about new yellow variety: Patron

- Idaho’s dry bean industry has high hopes for Patron, a new yellow bean variety developed by an Oregon State University researcher. Only about 2 percent of the dry beans grown in Idaho are yellows but industry leaders...

Farm Bureau awards scholarships to Oregon students

- Applicants for the OFB Memorial Scholarship must be preparing for a career in agriculture or forestry.

Ecology: No threat in biosolid use on ag lands

- An Onalaska, Wash., company wants to apply biosolids from city waste water treatment plants to farmland near Davenport.

150 homes ordered to evacuate amid Montana wildfire

- The Lolo Peak Fire has burned about 12 square miles since it was reported July 15.

Fire Protection Association organizes in eastern Idaho

- A new Rural Fire Protection Association has formed in the wake of one of the most devastating wildfires to hit eastern Idaho

Timber sale nets Idaho Department of Fish and Game $900,000

- The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will receive about $907,000 in a northern Idaho timber sale

Marijuana states try to curb smuggling, avert US crackdown

- Tracking legal weed from the fields and greenhouses where it’s grown to the shops where it’s sold is their main protective measure so far.

Western Innovator: Ag director sets the pace

- Celia Gould is in her 10th year as director of the Idaho State Department of Agriculture.

Western Innovator: Ag director sets the pace

- Celia Gould is in her 10th year as director of the Idaho State Department of Agriculture.

Speakers lined up for Glenn County’s second growers’ conference

- California Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross will be a featured speaker at the Glenn County Fair’s North State Innovations in Agriculture conference in November.

Newspaper sparks interest in connecting students with ag

- A Capital Press representative was looking for people to sell subscriptions at the Oregon State Fair in 2013 “so I signed up,” said Austin Miller, who is now program coordinator of communications for the Calif...

Newspaper sparks interest in connecting students with ag

- A Capital Press representative was looking for people to sell subscriptions at the Oregon State Fair in 2013 “so I signed up,” said Austin Miller, who is now program coordinator of communications for the Calif...

OWA educates, advocates for Oregon agriculture

- The 40-year-old group Oregon Women for Agriculture shares ag’s story one sign at a time.

Berry farm defends response to worker’s illness

- Sumas, Wash., blueberry farm says worker who died was diabetic

National wool and sheep review

- Slaughter lambs were steady to as much as 20.00 higher.

West Coast grain price report

- Bids for US 1 Soft White Wheat delivered to Portland in unit trains or barges during August for ordinary protein trended 17.75 to 33 cents per bushel higher compared to week ago prices.

California shell egg price report

- Demand is seasonally light to moderate.

Fluid milk and cream review — West

- Last week’s heatwave may have suppressed milk production in the Pacific Northwest, but as the temperatures have moderated, milk output has come back somewhat.

National feeder and stocker cattle report

- Early-week demand was moderate to good on active trading, with moderate at best on later week sales.

Western hay price report

- Premium and good Alfalfa was slightly higher in the Columbia Basin.

Peterson Cat Expands CLAAS Product Offerings in Oregon


Albany, Ore. – Peterson Cat, authorized CLAAS dealer to customers in Oregon and southwest Washington, has expanded the CLAAS product range available at their retail locations in Albany, Salem, Klam...

WDFW keeps close watch on Smackout wolfpack

- Washington wildlife managers say they won't shoot more Smackout pack wolves if the wolves don't attack again

‘It’s been a good run:’ OSU ag dean looks to retirement

- Dan Arp counts collaboration as one of the hallmarks of his time at Oregon State University.

Wildfire burns on Oregon reservation; 2 houses destroyed

- The fire began Tuesday on private land just north of Warm Springs.

Washington farm, Ecology settle irrigation fine

- Washington Ecology settles with Skagit County blueberry farm over illegal irrigation

Are luxury resort ranches the future of Eastern Oregon?

- Plans for Silvies Valley Ranch, 40,000 acres of sagebrush, wetlands and timberland that stretch into both Harney and Grant counties, include a high-end resort.

Philippines to cull 200,000 birds after flu outbreak

- About 37,000 birds have died from avian influenza subtype H5, which can cause illness and deaths in both animals and humans.

EU plans talks as egg scandal hits 17 countries

- Almost all lab tests show that only very low levels of Fipronil — seven to 10 times lower than the maximum permitted — have been detected in eggs from the treated chickens.

Washington Ecology defends CAFO permit’s price tag

- Washington Department of Ecology files motion to dismiss some of the claims against its new CAFO permit

Farmer mounts legal defense, political offensive in wetlands battle

- Farmer John Duarte is about to go to trial over $2.8 million in fines levied against him for allegedly plowing through wetlands. He and his allies want the Trump administration to intervene.

Oregon State ag dean sets retirement

- Dan Arp has been dean since May 2012 and also serves as director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station.

Trump administration urged to convene ‘God squad’ on salmon protection

- The Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association wants the government to convene a Cabinet-level committee with the power to allow exemptions to the Endangered Species Act.

Year’s first equine West Nile case confirmed in Washington

- A quarter horse near Spokane, Wash., is improving after it was diagnosed with the virus.