Dan Wheat

Central Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

Ukraine, Romania hungry for U.S. ag investment

- Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba recently returned from a trade mission to Ukraine and Romania, which she reports are hungry for U.S. agricultural investment.

Dairies reducing nitrogen, EPA says

- The EPA says three dairies are making progress three years into an agreement to address nitrogen levels contributing to groundwater contamination. It’s costing the dairies millions of dollars.

Number of Hispanic farm operators continues to grow

- From poverty and early death of his mother in Mexico, Jesus Limon became an orchard owner in Washington state. Hispanic farm owners are increasing but slowly because of lack of capital and marketing.

Congress makes the law, the president enforces the law

- Supreme Court upholds the separation of powers mandated by the Constitution.

Mobile slaughter units answer to wild horse problem

- The horses would be an excellent source of organic health food.

Corps plows under farmer’s constitutional rights

- Another farmer is needlessly dragged into court by a runaway federal agency.

Does anyone care what is happening to the dairy farmer?

- It’s high time that all dairy farmers get behind the Federal Milk Marketing Improvement Act. It could play a major role in stabilizing a fair price to all dairy farmers.

Darden forecasts profit that falls short of expectations

- The owner of Olive Garden and other chain restaurants posted revenue of $1.79 billion in the period, which did not meet Street forecasts.

Portland daily grain report

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

Poachers kill newborn wolf pups in Idaho forest

- Authorities believe poachers killed the pups sometime during the week of May 16

Nampa, Payette mosquitoes infected with West Nile

- The infected mosquitoes in Nampa were from a trap collected Tuesday south of Lake Lowell in the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge area. The Payette mosquitoes were collected Monday in the Little Willow area.

ConAgra 4Q profit falls as company gets a makeover

- ConAgra has sold off its private-label business to Treehouse Foods for $2.7 billion and announced plans to spin off its Lamb Weston frozen potato business later this year.

FDA warns against eating raw dough amid E. coli fears

- The flour in question is among 10 million pounds voluntarily recalled last month by General Mills, the FDA said.

Kellogg opening cereal cafe in New York

- Kellogg says its cereal cafe, located on Broadway, will open July 4. The cafe will also serve ice cream dishes, juices and coffees.

Hershey stock soars after report of Mondelez takeover bid

- A takeover would bring together two of the world’s largest snack and candy makers.

Farm Rescue adds more services, eyes geographical expansion

- Farm Rescue volunteers go to the aid of farmers stricken by illness, injury or natural disaster.

Group sues to force pollution disclosure at Washington dam

- The lawsuit alleges an unknown amount of oil stored and used at the dam enters the Columbia River without monitoring and other controls required under the federal Clean Water Act.

FBI: Utah militia leader cased mosque, military facilities

- William Keebler, who authorities say has ties to Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, took video of an unidentified mosque and cased federal offices such as National Guard facilities, an FBI agent says.

Arizona tattoo artist pleads guilty in Oregon refuge case

- Brian Cavalier, a bodyguard for standoff leader Ammon Bundy and his father Cliven Bundy, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and possessing a gun in a federal facility.

Experts: Climate change could be worsening Oregon’s water quality

- The blooms, sometimes called blue-green algae, are caused by toxin-producing bacteria and often form a green paint-like scum on the surface of the water thaht can cause health problems for humans and can kill livestock.

Crop aggregation facility designed to help local farmers

- The goal is to capture some of the approximately $6 billion that state residents spend on agricultural products produced outside the state.

Appeal to delay $50M settlement to Northeast dairy farmers

- A small group of farmers are unhappy with the settlement terms and have appealed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Farm Bureau disputes WSU’s upbeat take on carbon tax

- A Washington State University study concludes carbon tax will have a slight benefit for farmers; the Washington Farm Bureau doubts it

Velde joins Legacy Seeds’ Alfalfa Team

- Mike Velde’s 35 years of experience in alfalfa breeding and world-wide sales adds to the wealth of experience on the Legacy Alfalfa team

Idaho revises proposed changes to field burning program

- Idaho farm group representatives and public health advocates have one more negotiated rulemaking meeting to try to iron out their differences over proposed changes to the state's crop residue burning program.

New chair: Washington potato industry reaches out to lawmakers

- Quincy, Wash., potato farmer Rex Calloway begins his term as chair of the Washington Potato Commission July 1.

Almond board funds UC orchard recycling research

- The Almond Board of California has given a $145,000 grant to the University of California to continue research on grounding up whole almond orchards and putting the material back into the ground to help soil quality.

Portland daily grain report

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

Fire chief: Man saved from blaze by son’s cackling chickens

- The chickens made “good smoke detectors,” Fire Chief Pete Yacovone said.

Brown not ready to take stance on business tax measure

- The initiative would raise taxes on businesses with sales that exceed $25 million, generating a projected $3 billion dollars per year in tax revenue.

Little announces bid for Idaho governor

- The Republican rancher — who has served as Gov. Butch Otter’s lieutenant since 2009 — is the first official candidate in the 2018 gubernatorial race.

Nestle taps new CEO with health care industry background

- The appointment appears to reflect Nestle’s push into health and nutrition.

Sanders says he’ll try to block Senate GMO bill

- Individual senators can put a hold on legislation, blocking it from coming up for debate unless backers can muster 60 votes.

Putin extends ban on imports of Western food through 2017

- Russia retaliated to U.S. and EU sanctions by banning most Western food imports, badly hurting many EU nations.

Judge to farmer: Stop using crushed eggshells as fertilizer

- The farmer has been applying crushed eggshells to his hay fields since his usual fertilizer of liquid duck manure was cut off.

Horse advocates oppose BLM horse spaying plans

- The U.S. Bureau of Land Management Burns District says it plans to go forward with a research effort that involves three methods of surgically sterilizing wild mares

New cameras keep electronic eye on Western wildfires

- Scientists at the University of Nevada-Reno, who built the system, are trying to teach the cameras to recognize fire and smoke and send an alert.

Harney County voters resoundingly reject recall of judge

- According to unofficial final results, 2,038 residents, or 70 percent of votes cast, opposed recalling County Judge Steve Grasty.

Grass seed harvest ramps up with good weather

- About 118,000 acres in Oregon are devoted this year to annual ryegrass, down about 4 percent from 2015.
The number of acres of perennial ryegrass is expected to remain unchanged at about 97,000 acres.

Dow Chemical to cut about 2,500 jobs globally

- After the Dow-DuPont merger, the companies plan to split the combined company into three separate publicly traded companies focused on agriculture, material science and specialty products.

Monsanto 3Q profit sinks 37 percent as seed sales fall

- The company is still in discussions with German drug and chemicals company Bayer AG about its $62 billion takeover bid.

Agriculture secretary to talk opioid abuse in Appalachia

- President Barack Obama has tapped USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to head an interagency team dedicated to addressing opioid abuse.

Fresh fruit organization’s Bedwell moves to leadership foundation

- Barry Bedwell, president of the California Fresh Fruit Association since 2003, is moving to lead the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation beginning in August.

Fewer Northwest farmers gamble on ginseng

- Ginseng, a medicinal root that once provided a profitable niche in the Northwest, has been abandoned by most farmers in the region.

UI enters agreement to manage 10,400-acre Rock Creek Ranch

- University of Idaho has reached an agreement with environmental groups to manage a 10,400-acre working conservation ranch in Southcentral Idaho.

Animal agriculture showcases advances

- A new report by the Animal Agriculture Alliance highlights advances the industry is making in animal care, food safety and environmental sustainability.

EPA says it will take months to hand over What’s Upstream files

- The Environmental Protection Agency will waive a $2,000 fee for providing What's Upstream records, but the Washington farm group seeking the documents may have to wait until December.

‘Brexit’ will impact trade, analyst says

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

PNW cherry harvest moving well

- Packouts are rebounding after June 18 rain damage and Pacific Northwest cherry volume will remain heavy the next two weeks with supply fairly even with demand.

Volatility plagues U.S. cattle markets

- Volatility in cash and futures markets and the wide spread between the two are making things difficult for U.S. cattle producers.