Dan Wheat

Central Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

Bird flu found in Nevada in wild duck

- A mallard tested positive for bird flu in Nevada.

Committee considers lifting Washington’s pesticide tax

- The Washington House Finance Committee held a hearing on a bill to remove a tax on pesticides warehoused in Washington but eventually used elsewhere.

Herd expansion analysis shows cow-calf profits

- Cow-calf operators won't see the $550 per cow profits they enjoyed in 2015 in the expansion years ahead, but there's still plenty of opportunity to profit.

Progress seen in port negotiations

- Longshoremen and container terminals have struck a tentative deal on truck chassis maintenance and repair, which is seen as a crossing a major obstacle in reaching a comprehensive labor contract.

Cattle groups defend Idaho ranchers in grazing reduction cases

- As cattle groups brace for a lengthy and costly legal battle over reduced grazing on Bureau of Land Management allotments in Southwestern Idaho, a local rancher is donating a registered Angus heifer to raise money for the e...

Idaho Fish and Game asks for $2.3 million to purchase ranch

- Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials have asked state lawmakers for an additional $2.3 million to purchase a 10,400-acre ranch in Blaine County. Under the agreement, grazing would continue on most of the property.

Simplot GMO potatoes kept in ‘closed loop’

- Simplot's new GMO potato, Innate, will be kept in a closed-loop, director of commercialization Kerwin Bradley said during the Washington-Oregon Potato Conference in Kennewick, Wash.

WIC win based on nutrition, potato council CEO says

- John Keeling, CEO of the National Potato Council, says science-based decisions about the vegetables included on the USDA's Women, Infants and Children program gives white potatoes, formerly excluded, a much more level playi...

Low snow readings bring sense of doom to Calif. growers

- Meager results from the season's second manual snow survey in California reinforce a sense of doom for farmers who realize that drought conditions and their associated water shutoffs will likely be at least as severe this y...

Official: Nursery imports may pose pest threat

- Oregon's nurseries and forests share a common enemy, an invasive species specialist says.

Nurseries recruit pest predators

- Nurseries are increasingly recruiting predatory insects for biocontrol of pests due to public wariness of insecticides, increased regulatory scrutiny and the decreasing efficacy of some chemicals.

City sees carbon credits as forest revenue source

- Preserving forests can help store carbon and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. In turn, The Climate Trust pays forest owners such as Astoria, Ore., for the carbon credits, which are sold to c...

Study launched on restoring salmon runs to upper Columbia

- Salmon runs on the upper Columbia and its tributaries were blocked first by Grand Coulee Dam, which was built in the 1930s, and later by Chief Joseph Dam.

Oregon snowpack at record lows

- The U.S. Drought Monitor shows drought spreading and intensifying across Oregon, except for the coast and the Willamette Valley.

Farming sector driving Idaho’s gross state product growth

- Agriculture is driving growth in Idaho's gross state product.

Group completes $8B acquisition of Safeway

- The combined company will include 2,230 stores across 34 states and the District of Columbia.

Portland daily grain report

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

Wyoming lawmakers move to block cuts to sheep grazing

- Three governors told Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that new grazing allotments had to be identified before any domestic sheep producers were displaced from other grazing allotments.

S. Dakota Senate passes raw milk bill to make regulating easier

- The bill also says that raw milk can no longer be sold at farmers’ markets.

New survey shows far less snow than last month in California

- The latest survey makes it likely that the drought will run through a fourth consecutive year.

Washington parks commission sets fees to use trails

- The Washington Parks and Recreation Commission adopted a policy for allowing farmers and ranchers to use long-distance trails to reach their own property.

Bird flu strikes game bird farm in Washington

- Highly pathogenic bird flu has broke out game bird farm in Okanogan County in north-central Washington.

Spokane celebrates Ag Expo, Farm Forum

- Spokane celebrates Ag Week the week of the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.

‘Big data’ panel will address farmer-generated info

- A panel discussion during the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum discusses who owns farmer information, and what should be done with it.

Photo contest winners capture life in the country

- The Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum highlights agriculture in the region with its annual photo contest.

Drier winters in store for region, weatherman predicts

- Weatherman Art Douglas returns to the Spokane Ag Expo. A changing weather pattern suggests drier winters, Douglas says.

Expo visitors help food drive ‘dump’ hunger

- Western States Equipment's annual Dump Hunger food drive returns to the Spokane Ag Expo this year. The company hopes to collect seven dump truck loads of food, or roughly 525,000 pounds of food.

AgriBusiness Council supports growth of agriculture

- The AgriBusiness Council strives to ensure the greater Spokane business community is aware of and supports agriculture when it comes to key issues, council chairman Jay Allert says.

Award honors agriculture’s supporters

- The Greater Spokane Chamber Incorporated awards agribusiness leaders with an Excellence in Agriculture Award.

Dedicated volunteers keep Ag Expo running smoothly

- Longtime Spokane Ag Expo volunteers Bill Nelson and Sybil Tresch are among the many people who work behind the scenes to make sure the annual event runs smoothly.

FFA speaker will outline career opportunities in precision ag

- Washington State University senior instructor James Durfey underlines the opportunities for students to find careers with precision agriculture during the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.

Uncertainty to keep wheat prices trending upward, expert says

- Farm Direction president and founder Kevin Van Trump returns to deliver his economic forecast to the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.

2015 Spokane Ag Expo Exhibitors

- The Spokane Ag Expo hosts a full line-up of exhibitors offering everything for the farmer and rancher.

2015 show hours at a glance

- Spokane Ag Expo show hours

2015 Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum tickets

- Ticket prices

2015 Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum hosts

- Spokane Ag Expo and Northwest Farm Forum hosts

Career fair highlights options for students

- The Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum includes a career fair for high school students on Thursday, Feb. 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Potato leaders address port slowdown impacts

- National and state potato industry representatives addressed impacts of the West Coast port slowdown and other issues during the Washington-Oregon Potato Conference in Kennewick, Wash.

Portland daily grain report

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

New farm bill program benefiting Idaho farms and ranches

- Idaho has received USDA grants to help Blackfoot River ranchers improve diversions and to implement programs to stabilize the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer.

Wyden warns rural counties being ‘robbed’

- Oregon would have received almost $68 million in 2014-15 if the program had continued.

Farmworker safety training classes fill up

- Demand for the classes is high because of changing expectations on the part of retailers.

Bundy’s son arrested, released in southern Utah

- Ryan Bundy was booked into jail Tuesday after scuffling with deputies and telling them he wouldn’t be arrested, Iron County sheriff Sgt. Nik Johnson said.

McDonald’s CEO steps down as sales decline

- CEO Don Thompson will retire March 1 after nearly 25 years with the company.

Biologists: Raising California dam would harm salmon

- Shasta Lake is the state’s largest reservoir and provides irrigation water for farmers and drinking water to Californians, mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Bird flu quarantine lifted in Douglas County, Ore.

- Oregon Department of Agriculture lifts quarantine imposed around where bird flu infected a non-commercial flock in Douglas County.

Hershey dips into meat market with Krave Jerky

- The Krave deal is intended to give Hershey a foothold in snacks people see as healthy fuel.

Women in Ag conference to target marketing

- The 4th annual Women in Agriculture conference is set for Twin Falls, Idaho, on Feb. 21 with a focus on marketing and will broadcast to 28 other locations in the Pacific Northwest.

Department of Labor finally comes to its senses

- The Department of Labor has finally agreed to drop its "hot goods" cases against two Oregon blueberry producers, return fines it extorted from them, and pay some of their legal fees. What took so long?