Dan Wheat

Central Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

Brazil meat exports collapse in wake of inspection scandal

- Brazil's meat exports effectively collapsed this week, the agricultural minister said, as several countries halted imports from the South American country in the wake of a meat inspection scandal

Agriculture nominee seeks to reassure Congress as Trump eyes farm cuts

- As President Donald Trump eyes cutting farm programs, agriculture secretary nominee Sonny Perdue says he would make government programs more efficient while also working to create jobs in the struggling industry

Irrigators criticize $100 water rights fee proposal

- A proposed $100 water rights fee has drawn the ire of Oregon irrigators.

Farmworker housing operations tax credit progresses

- A bill that would provide farmers with tax credits for half the operational cost of maintaining farmworker housing has moved out of the Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue.

San Joaquin growers to get 65 percent of requested CVP water

- The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced its remaining allocations of Central Valley Project water, providing 65 percent of requested supplies to growers on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley.

Owyhee Reservoir managers focus on preventing major flooding

- Water managers will increase the rate of releases below the Owyhee Reservoir Dam to prevent major flooding, but farmers will receive their full 4-acre-foot allotment.

East Idaho canal companies challenge water district accounting practice

- Five Eastern Idaho canal companies have sent a letter to Water District 1 challenging its practice of deducting downstream river losses to seepage against upstream natural flow rights.

NRCS funding available to improve stream quality, reduce pollution

- The conservation program is centered in Washington County, which retains a strong agricultural presence despite its high tech reputation.

New $700K system a boon to wheat breeders, researchers

- The instrument helps researchers understand the metabolome of the plant so they can identify the bio markers that say whether a variety will possess attributes that are valuable to farmers.

Researchers continue to unravel falling number mystery

- Economic losses to the Pacific Northwest wheat industry from low falling number test scores in 2016 exceeded $30 million and could ultimately be as much as $140 million, industry members say.

Court upholds $1.5 million judgment in Oregon dairy lawsuit

- The Oregon Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling that awarded a Tillamook dairy $1.5 million in damages and attorney fees.

Rusty patched bumblebee added to endangered species list

- The bee has disappeared from about 90 percent of its range in the past 20 years.

Bill would help East Oregon better compete against Idaho

- A bill introduced in the Oregon Legislature seeks to help businesses in Eastern Oregon better compete with their counterparts across the Snake River in Idaho.

Trade groups pursue joint plan

- Northwest Fruit Exporters and the Northwest Horticultural Council are working toward joint operations by fall. Both deal with foreign market issues for the Northwest tree fruit industry.

Utah reimbursed for cost of Colorado mine spill

- An EPA-supervised work crew triggered the spill that sent 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater containing arsenic, lead and other heavy metals into the Animas River near Silverton, Colo.

Feds sign off on NE Oregon forest restoration

- The U.S. Forest Service has approved a massive proposal to treat more than 100,000 acres on the Wallowa Valley Ranger District north of Enterprise.

Portland daily grain report

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

Gluten-sniffing dog a help for celiac patient

- Gluten-sniffing service dog is a big help for Bethany student

Judge: 4 in Oregon ranching standoff guilty of trespassing

- A federal judge in Oregon has found four men guilty of misdemeanor charges of trespassing and tampering with government vehicles and equipment during a takeover of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

Plans for Kauai dairy put on hold for environmental review

- Hawaii Dairy Farms is looking to develop the site with at least 700 cows and institute a rotational-grazing system that would use all the manure as natural fertilizer to grow grass.

Dead cattle in Eastern Oregon reservoir disturb tourists

- Dead cattle floating in a reservoir just west of the Oregon-Idaho border are causing trouble for tourists

Drone technology among next-generation impacts on farming

- INDIANA EXCHANGE: Drone technology among next-generation impacts on farming

Congress backs bill to lift Obama limits on Alaska hunting

- Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, said the bill would allow “the worst wildlife management practices introduced in the last century.”

1 million chinook salmon rescued during dam crisis released

- Almost 1 million spring-run Chinook salmon were released to the Feather River on Monday after they'd been evacuated from a hatchery downstream from a Northern California spillway that started crumbling, officials said

Snow returns to Sierra; melting may fuel future Nevada floods

- As the first wet storm of the spring sweeps into the mountains around Lake Tahoe, wary water managers are watching the sky and already releasing water from swollen reservoirs to guard against flooding across northern Nevada

Chinese premier visits Australia to expand bilateral ties

- China is Australia’s biggest trading partner, with two-way trade exceeding $107 billion and bilateral investment exceeding $100 billion.

Oregon DEQ prepares for big staff cuts under Trump

- Cuts would further weaken an agency already struggling with staff and funding shortages, according to an internal memo.

Bird flu confirmed in three Southern states

- The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is temporarily banning the transportation of poultry after a form of the disease was found in a commercial flock of 22,000 hens.

Brazil’s president: Meat scandal an ‘economic embarrassment’

- On Tuesday, Hong Kong, Japan and Mexico announced that they were halting at least some Brazilian meat imports. They joined the European Union, China and Chile.

USDA designates $6M for ranchers affected by wildfires

- The funding will be distributed through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to help restore grazing lands, rebuild fencing and protect damaged watersheds.

Compromise reached between ag, drone operations at Pendleton airport

- The Pendleton Airport Commission has agreed to a short-term plan that will keep the northernmost agricultural pad open for crop dusters.

Oregon ranch fighting Rogue River management plans

- An Oregon ranch and two industry groups have filed a lawsuit challenging management plans for the Rogue river.

Critics urge more livestock antibiotics oversight in Oregon

- Critics of federal oversight of livestock antibiotics want Oregon lawmakers to pass a bill that would limit antibiotic uses.

Delays in water allocations hinder growers’ planting decisions

- The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has yet to determine a Central Valley Project water allocation for some parts of California, including the western San Joaquin Valley.

Willamette Valley vineyards building facilities to make white, sparkling wines

- Oregon’s Willamette Valley is best known for Pinot noir wines, but vineyards see increased opportunity in branching out.

Strawberries enter peak season after avoiding major storm damage

- The winter’s fierce storms slowed California’s strawberry harvest.

China boosts apples to U.S.

- Washington apple producers have benefitted from full varietal access into China, but China is also stepping up its game.

New FDA nutrition label pleases potato industry

- Officials with Potatoes USA say the addition of potassium to food nutrition facts labels should benefit their commodity.

CME dairy prices continue to slip

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

Changes in proposed pesticide rule don’t mollify growers

- California Citrus Mutual still opposes proposed blanket restrictions on pesticide use within a quarter-mile of schools despite the state’s move to ease reporting requirements for growers.

U.S. hops supply catches up to demand

- The U.S. hops industry has crossed the summit from too little supply to the start of too much as inventory is up for the second March in a row. Acreage and prices will start to decline next year, sources say.

Senate’s ‘use it or lose it’ water bill heads to House

- Senate sends over bill to ensure a farmer who saves water doesn't lose water right

Idaho-Oregon industry changes how it promotes its bulb onion

- The region cut its onion assessment and encouraged shippers to use the savings to do more of their own direct promotions and marketing.

Portland daily grain report

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

General Mills 3Q sales fall, weighing on profit

- General Mills reports drop in 3Q sales, weighing down profit

Use of genetically modified mosquitoes considered in Houston

- Officials are considering releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in Houston as part of the fight against the insects known to carry diseases such as the Zika virus

Researchers use non-toxic methods to capture extracts from foods

- A researcher at the University of Sao Paulo, arrived in Peoria in November to spend a year working on the framework of a method to separate soluble sugars and non-starch fiber from banana puree using non-toxic additives and...

Appeals court rules skim milk can be called ‘skim milk’

- The state of Florida had said that if the creamery wanted to sell the product without vitamin A added, it should label it as “imitation” skim milk.

Deep South freeze means fewer blueberries, peaches

- Up to 80 percent of south Georgia’s blueberry crop and 85 percent of South Carolina’s peach crop are gone.

U.S. group seeks better access to China’s farm goods market

- The American Chamber of Commerce in China wants a quicker review of foreign biotechnology products, an end to restrictions on beef and pork imports and other changes.