Dan Wheat

Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

USDA disaster-relief application deadlines approach

- Programs target losses of livestock, fish, bees and certain trees.

Canadian grower helps farmers answer tough questions

- Cherilyn Nagel spoke with Spokane County, Wash., farmers about how to speak with consumers.

Ranch groups focus on ESA reform before lame duck window closes in Congress

- Public Lands Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association see opportunity to improve the Endangered Species Act.

Judge blocks Cosmic Crisp information release

- A freelance journalist seeking financial and marketing information about Washington’s new Cosmic Crisp apple has been temporarily blocked by a judge at the request of a company promoting the apple.

NRCS Idaho taking preliminary proposals for collaborative projects

- The idea is to make a bigger impact by targeting specific resource concerns or a conservation area.

WSU surveys farmers on soil health before January workshop

- Low soil pH is an emerging issue, says Haiying Tao, an assistant professor of crop and soil sciences.

Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing

- Recombinetics: Gene-editing techniques do what traditional breeding has always done, except much faster.

No damage reported following eastern Idaho earthquake

- Authorities in southeastern Idaho say there are no reports of damage following a 3.8-magnitude earthquake

Fire death toll at 56 and counting in Northern California

- Officials in Northern California put the number of homes lost there at nearly 8,800.

China says talks with US on trade battle have resumed

- Pence: Beijing must offer concessions on technology transfer, theft of intellectual property and other issues.

Nominations open for Spokane Ag Expo’s excellence award

- The annual Excellence in Agriculture Award will be presented during the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum in February.

Funding requested to improve soft white wheat in saltine crackers

- Members of the Oregon Wheat Commission, Washington Grain Commission and Idaho Wheat Commission met Wednesday during the Tri-State Grain Growers Convention in Portland.

House Ag Committee will be in good hands

- Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., is the ranking minority member of the committee and is presumed to be its chairman come January.

Last week’s election underscores urban-rural divide

- Politicians must be wary of treating statewide vote totals as mandates.

Column: How — and why — to save the family farm

- Why agriculture needs our governor and legislators to invest $10 million in the 2019-2021 state budget to finally put the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program to work.

Washington shoots wolf; ends search for others

- Smackout wolf shot

Wolves test toughness of northeast Washington’s largest cattle ranch

- Washington's largest cattle rancher faces big trouble with wolves

Fatal California fires spur search for solutions

- The latest California fires have fueled debate over the reasons for the ever-more deadly wildfires.

Ford, Walmart test self-driving grocery delivery service

- Ford and Walmart are partnering to test a self-driving grocery delivery service

US consumer prices increased 0.3 percent in October

- Food prices slipped as fruits, vegetables, cereals and bakery products became cheaper.

Lawsuit seeks to maintain federal gray wolf protections

- An environmental group has sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to preserve federal protections for gray wolves and force the agency to develop a national recovery plan for the species

N. California fires death toll now at 48; many still missing

- The cause of the fires remained under investigation, but they broke out around the time and place two utilities reported equipment trouble.

Trump right and wrong on ‘French’ wine tariffs

- U.S. President Donald Trump is partly right but far from completely correct when he says that France's "big tariffs" make it hard for American vintners to sell their wines to the French

Oregon company provides ‘cutting-edge’ bovine IFV treatments

- Vytelle was previously known as Cogent IVF before re-branding in August.

Gene-edited food is coming, but will shoppers buy?

- First foods made from gene-edited plants getting close to the grocery aisles, a different technology than today's GMOs but will shoppers buy?

Meat boom drives U.S. exports

- Changing dynamics, particularly in Asian countries, are expanding demand for U.S. beef and pork.

NAWG wants lame duck Congress to pass farm bill

- The National Association of Wheat Growers is urging legislators to pass a farm bill during the lame duck session. President Jimmie Musick cites concerns over inexperienced lawmakers who are new to ag issues.

Judge denies injunction in hop dispute

- Bintani, an Australian brewery supplier, hasn’t proven an injunction is warranted in its lawsuit with Yakima Chief Hops of Yakima, Wash.

Less reservoir carry-over water, El Nino could challenge irrigators next year

- More runoff needed to ensure adequate irrigation supplies

WSDA puts 10 plants up for banishment

- Washington adding to banned weeds list

Tilth keynote speaker emphasizes diversity for farming future

- Six percent of farmers are under the age of 35, says California heirloom grains grower Mai Nguyen. She said farmers of different backgrounds must work together to ensure future generations continue to farm.

International gene-editing statement seen as response to EU

- The European Union’s decision to regulate gene-edited crops as GMOs has prompted a joint statement for science-based rules by the U.S. and 12 other countries.

Mielke: Dairy prices dive

- Cheesemakers say they will forgo the spot market until after the Thanksgiving holiday

Foreign guestworker advertising rule may change

- A proposed rule change could save farmers nationwide, using H-2A foreign guestworkers, millions of dollars in advertising for domestic workers.

Utah lawmakers seek valuation of federal lands in state

- They seek to find the difference between current payments by the federal government and the actual taxable value of the land.

Tyson: Fiscal 4Q Earnings Snapshot

- Tyson: Fiscal 4Q Earnings Snapshot

Zinke ‘100 percent confident’ he’ll be cleared in probes

- Democrats plan to launch their own investigations into Zinke in January, when they take the majority in the House.

Petco, others respond to demand for natural pet foods

- Nielsen, a data company, said sales of pet food free of genetically modified ingredients jumped 29 percent last year.

Idaho, Washington farmers see above-average year on wheat

- Portland Daily Grain Report last week listed soft white wheat prices between $6.20 and $6.35 a bushel.

Drilling overwhelms agency protecting America’s lands

- The Bureau of Land Management is making it easier to produce oil and gas on federal acreage. In southeastern New Mexico, it can't even keep up with what's already happening.

Dogs and portable morgues: Search intensifies in fire zone

- More than a dozen coroner search-and-recovery teams looked for the dead across the apocalyptic landscape that was once Paradise, Calif.

Panel: Consider water access, soil health before signing lease

- A panel of farmers spoke about ways to connect farmers and landowners during the Tilth Alliance conference Nov. 10 in Spokane. Farmers should consider their non-negotiable needs, said Puyallup, Wash., farmer Amy Moreno-Sills.

U.S. potato exports down in opening quarter of marketing year

- The declines reflect the impact of retaliatory tariffs from Mexico and China while competing products from the European Union continue to reflect low prices from the 2017 crop.

Hazelnut yields fall short of expectations

- After the USDA predicted a record hazelnut crop in 2018, yields are coming in short of expectations, according to Oregon processors.

Dairy co-op Darigold hires chief financial officer

- Darigold hires new CFO

WDFW seeks to save farmer support for fish projects

- Washington Fish and Wildlife trying to fix botched salmon project that threatens farmland

Vietnam ratifies Pacific Rim trade pact abandoned by Trump

- Vietnam's National Assembly has ratified a Pacific Rim trade pact abandoned by President Donald Trump

Farm supervisor charged in Australia strawberry tampering

- Police have made their first arrest in the cases of strawberry sabotage in Australia, in which sewing needles were found in fruit sold in six states

Livestock groups weigh in on farm bill fate

- Beef, pork and milk producers are hoping agriculture committee leaders will push a new farm bill through in the lame duck session.

Grim search for more fire victims, 31 dead across California

- California is requesting emergency aid from the Trump administration.