Dan Wheat

Central Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

Washington demands coal exporter cut carbon footprint in half


The Washington Department of Ecology on Friday demanded a company proposing to export coal submit a plan to sharply shrink the project’s expected carbon footprint, raising questions about the plan’s chances...

Farm groups help University of Idaho ag college exceed fundraising goal


MOSCOW, Idaho — University of Idaho’s first foray into social media fundraising was a success for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and its new dean.

The college raised $30,425 from 143 d...

Darigold offers membership to McMinnville dairy co-op farmers


Darigold, the Seattle-based dairy co-op, is offering membership to farmers now aligned with Farmers Cooperative Creamery, based in McMinnville, Ore.

In a carefully-worded email statement, Darigold spokeswoman Sarah...

Oregon pesticide applicator fights license revocation


TUALATIN, Ore. — An aerial pesticide applicator is fighting allegations of willful misconduct from Oregon farm regulators who want to revoke his spraying license for at least five years.

An administrative la...

Business is slow at snail farm


EUREKA, Calif. — Business is slow for entrepreneur Charity Anais West, but she isn’t surprised.

She owns and operates EscarGrow Farms, one of the only snail farms in the nation.

“I grew u...

Grange Co-op and Rogue Co-ops announce 2016 scholarship recipients


CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Grange Co-op and Rogue Co-ops have announced their 2016 scholarship recipients, representing several counties in Southern Oregon and Northern California.

Eleven high school seniors were...

Healthy Food Comes From Healthy Soil

- When you choose to purchase produce labeled “organic,” you do so with the expectation that it meets certain standards. You expect that it is grown, processed and handled according to organic regulations.

Shop Local for Your Farming Needs

- Your tractor has just plowed its last field, and you’re in the market for a quality used replacement. You want to put in a new crop, but you’re not sure which fertilizer is the right one for you. Your combine ju...

Member-supported Oregon Aglink promotes agriculture to urban Oregon

- Urban Oregon loves its locally sourced ingredients. Studies show they want to hear the back story, too. Oregon Aglink tells that story, bringing urban and rural Oregonians together.

Keep the farm within the family

- In a debt situation? Wondering how to get out of it without selling the family farm?

Pacific Northwest hop acreage still climbing


MOXEE, Wash. — Hop acreage is increasing for the fourth straight year in the United States and for the third year globally.

U.S. hop acreage is projected to increase by 6,000 acres this year, a 13 percent ri...

Idaho, Washington wheat growers seek emergency label for wireworm product


BOISE — Idaho and Washington grain growers hope to obtain a special-needs exemption from the Environmental Protection Agency allowing them to use an insecticide labeled for potatoes to protect wheat from wireworms...

Cherry expansion faces uphill road


WENATCHEE, Wash. — Plans to develop more cherry orchard high in Stemilt Basin near Wenatchee continue to face strong opposition and are straining a community conservation group known as the Stemilt Partnership.

Portland daily grain report


Portland, Ore., Friday, April 29, 2016

USDA Market News

All Bids in dollars per bushel. Bids are limited and not fully established in early trading.

Bids for grains delivered to Portland, Oregon...

EPA pays $1 million in response costs after mine wastewater spill


DENVER (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it is reimbursing states, tribes and local governments about $1 million for their costs after the agency accidentally triggered a massive wastewater ...

Whole Foods executive: No tattoo shops planned for new chain yet


NEW YORK (AP) — Whole Foods is prepping for the launch of its hipster new grocery chain. But shoppers won’t be able to get a tattoo with their cheese just yet.

The company says its “365”...

Australia’s government blocks massive ranch sale to Chinese


CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Citing national interest, the Australian government on Friday blocked a Chinese-led consortium from buying the nation’s largest private land holding, a collection of Outback cattl...

High-speed rail board approves revised California plan


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The board that oversees California’s high-speed rail project approved a revised $64 billion plan Thursday that calls for the train to go from the Central Valley to the San Jose are...

Arizona Senate advances bill increasing minimum wage


PHOENIX (AP) — Republican-backed legislation that blocks municipalities from setting their own minimum wage and increases it at a rate they say is agreeable to businesses advanced in the Senate on Thursday.


Conrad Burns, who rose from auctioneer and broadcaster to U.S. senator, dies at 81


HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Former Montana Sen. Conrad Burns, a former cattle auctioneer whose folksy demeanor and political acumen earned him three terms and the bitter disdain of his opponents, died Thursday. He was 81...

Despite drought, California almond acreage rose 6 percent in 2015


SACRAMENTO — The drought has done little to slow the growth of almond acreage in California, as the more than 1.1 million overall acres planted in 2015 was 6 percent more than the previous year.

Of last year...

Spud growers join Boise schools’ Potato Celebration Week


BOISE — The Boise School District’s new Potato Celebration Week enabled Rod Lake of Heyburn-based Southwind Farms to get his company’s fingerling potatoes into a public schools market he’s bee...

Fire destroys old Idaho sugar factory


IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — An old sugar factory here was destroyed by a fire reported at 7:45 p.m. April 27, according to the Idaho Falls Fire Department.

When firefighters arrived at the shuttered facility, at 3...

Washington wolf managers present ideas for lethal-control policy


Washington wildlife managers Wednesday suggested ways to motivate ranchers to use state-approved tactics to prevent wolf depredations.

Cooperative ranchers could be rewarded with higher compensation for livestock l...

Mexico may revisit apple tariffs


YAKIMA, Wash. — Mexico may decide the future of its temporary tariffs on Washington apples in early June.

The nation could end the tariffs or extend them for five years, said Fred Scarlett, manager of North...

Congress, not president, must fix immigration laws


Earlier this month the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case challenging President Obama’s executive actions regarding illegal immigration.

We believe the court should find against the president.


BLM Resource Management Plan fails Western Oregon


It would be nice if groups could sit at the table with the Bureau of Land Management and hammer out differences over future management of Western Oregon’s O&C forests, as the Capital Press recently suggested.<...

What’s Upstream educates public


Regarding What’s Upstream. People who no longer live close to the land have difficulty learning how their food is produced. They need to know. Advertising is one way to share that information.

The Swinomish ...

EPA’s involvement in What’s Upstream ran deep


A little more than a month ago, What’s Upstream was an obscure political advocacy campaign backed by Environmental Protection Agency money, a Washington state Indian tribe and a handful of environmental groups.

Commodity groups seek freedom of information exemption for checkoff boards


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Several agricultural organizations have gotten language included in the pending fiscal year 2017 House Agricultural Appropriations Bill asking USDA to exempt research and promotion boards funded...

Water outlook in Eastern Oregon continues to improve


ONTARIO, Ore. — Farmers who depend on the Owyhee Reservoir will receive more irrigation water in 2016 than they have the past two years combined.

As a result, they are planting more high-water — and m...

Washington FFA members gear up for annual convention


ROSALIA, Wash. — Rosalia High School sophomore Collin Pittmann’s hard work all comes down to this.

Pittmann will compete against other students from across the state in the prepared public speaking ca...

Domino’s Pizza 1Q results miss Wall Street’s expectations


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Domino’s Pizza’s first-quarter performance fell short of Wall Street’s view, stung in part by a strong dollar.

The stock tumbled more than 10 percent before the ...

Burger King says hot dogs helped boost U.S. sales


OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Burger King’s parent company said Thursday the fast-food chain’s sales rose during the first quarter, boosted by the addition of hot dogs to the menu in the U.S.


Portland daily grain report


Portland, Ore., Thursday, April 28, 2016

USDA Market News

All Bids in dollars per bushel. Bids are limited and not fully

established in early trading.

Bids for grains delivered to Portland...

Dunkin’ looks to beverage lineup to drive sales


CANTON, Mass. (AP) — Dunkin’ Donuts said U.S. sales rose 2 percent at established locations during the quarter, and that it plans to drive sales going forward by focusing on its beverage lineup.


Burgerville workers demand union, $5 raises


Burgerville employees and labor supporters made a surprise visit to the company’s Vancouver, Wash., headquarters Tuesday afternoon to announce the formation of the new Burgerville Workers’ Union.


Electric motor problem likely cause of fire that killed 80,000 chickens


LEBANON, Conn. (AP) — A fire at a Connecticut egg farm that killed an estimated 80,000 chickens was likely caused by an overheated electric motor.

Fire Marshal Scott Schuett said the official cause of the fi...

Mendocino County suspends predator trapping program


UKIAH, Calif. (AP) — Mendocino County has suspended its longstanding program that traps and kills wild animals and dogs that kill livestock to settle a lawsuit filed by animal rights groups.

The Santa Rosa P...

High-speed rail board to weigh in on revised California plan


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The board that oversees California’s high-speed rail project is expected to approve a revised plan calling for a $64 billion approach that sends the train from the Central Valley t...

Bundy attorney: Feds turned down proposed plea deal


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Lawyers for Ammon Bundy say the leader of the Oregon wildlife refuge occupation offered after his arrest to plead guilty if charges against other defendants were dismissed, but the deal was r...

Harry’s Fresh Foods to upgrade Nashville facility, hire 300


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Harry’s Fresh Foods is adding a production facility in Nashville that the company says will lead to the creation of 302 new jobs.

The Portland, Oregon-based maker of refrigerat...

Grazing limits sought for unoccupied bull trout habitat


Medford, Ore. — Environmentalists want to limit cattle grazing along Oregon’s Sprague and Sycan rivers to protect bull trout habitat that the threatened species doesn’t actually occupy.


Oregon Wheat Commission considers budget, research funding


Decreasing wheat acreage over the past couple years poses some complications for the Oregon Wheat Commission as it puts together its 2016-17 budget.

Meeting at Oregon State University’s Hyslop Farm on April ...

Idaho ag department gives overview of food safety rules


ONTARIO, Ore. — Idaho and Oregon farmers were given an overview of FDA’s new Food Safety Modernization Act rules April 26 during a meeting hosted by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture.

FDA ...

Idaho delivers equipment to Rangeland Fire Protection Associations


BOISE — The Idaho Department of Lands delivered four wildland firefighting engines and five “slip-in” units to five of the state’s six Rangeland Fire Protection Associations April 25.


Washington, Oregon pass halfway mark in war on gypsy moths


The Washington State Department of Agriculture’s spring offensive against gypsy moths passed the halfway point Tuesday, with a second pesticide application over a densely populated Seattle neighborhood.


Man plans horseback trip from Washington to Michigan reunion


HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — A cancer survivor has embarked on a roughly 2,200-mile journey on horseback from Washington to his 50th high school reunion in Michigan.

Vern Herrst, 67, began his trip Friday from the M...

Feds use prescribed fire to make progress in Southwest


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — There’s nothing secret about what’s planned for Area 74 — a swath of forested land along the Continental Divide in southern New Mexico that needs attention.


Dozens protest bill allowing diversion of Maui water


HONOLULU (AP) — Kamalani Pahukoa said her family would be able to farm all of their taro patches in Keanae if streams flowing to east Maui are restored.

Right now, the streams are currently being diverted, P...