Dan Wheat

Central Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

Firefighters make progress against wildfires

- Firefighters make progress is wrestling wildfires under control.

Potato industry battles declining demand

- The potato industry is looking at ways to meet consumer needs in order to address declining consumption trends.

Lawmakers urge FEMA to ease ag building rules

- U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and two California congressmen are calling on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's flood insurance program to ease its requirements for building agricultural structures in deep floodplains.

Appeals court upholds labels on meat packages

- The full appellate panel heard the case after a three-judge appeals panel ruled against the industry but suggested that the full court may want to review its decision. The first panel had ruled that the industry’s cl...

Fourth cherry chopper crash in four years

- Fatal helicopter crash is fourth in four years drying cherries in Central Washington orchards.

California growers converting rice straw to cattle feed

- Growers and University of California researchers have been working at converting rice straw left over from harvest into feed for livestock, which they say could be valuable to ranchers amid the drought.

Class I milk price $4.99 above 2013

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

Portland Daily Grain report

- Bids as of noon Pacific time; subject to change.

Intermountain Grain & Livestock report

- Idaho Farm Bureau Intermountain Grain and Livestock Report for Tuesday, July 29.

Fire claims hundreds of homes, cattle

- The largest wildfire in Washington history is mostly contained but losses are still being tallied and the number of dead cattle alone is estimated at 700 to 1,000.

Camelina shows promise in Eastern Oregon

- While Eastern Oregon farmers are facing one of the tightest ever water years in their area this season, field trials at Oregon State University's Malheur County experiment station are showing that camelina could be a source...

East Idaho dryland wheat yields down

- Eastern Idaho's dryland wheat farmers say their yields are below normal, but their quality is outstanding.

Nominations open for Ag Hall of Fame

- The Greater Stockton, Calif., Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations through Aug. 15 for its San Joaquin County Agricultural Hall of Fame, which is now in its 30th year.

Agri Beef sues partners in biodiesel venture

- An Idaho beef company is suing its partners in a biofuel joint venture.

U.S. cattle on feed continue downward spiral

- USDA's latest cattle on feed report shows the declining cattle numbers supporting record-high cattle and beef prices.

Wash. mint farm sues Dow over crop damage

- A Washington farm is suing Dow AgroSciences, claiming the company's Stinger herbicide damaged its mint crop.

Agri-Service Earns Farm Equipment’s Prestigious 2014 “Best-in-Class Dealership” Award

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BROOKFIELD, WIS. — July 29— Agri-Service based in Twin Falls, Idaho, has been selected as the 2014 “Best-in-Class Farm Equipment Dealership” by Farm Equipment magazine.

Portland daily grain report

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

Cattle auction boss gets probation in cruelty case

- The Los Angeles-based group Mercy for Animals secretly filmed workers kicking and stomping on pigs, hitting emus with a baton and slinging baby goats by the neck and hind legs.

FSA programs to help offset drought-related losses

- Sign-ups are being taken for a pair of USDA Farm Service Agency programs to help ranchers who've suffered drought-related losses.

Simplot outlines Innate marketing strategy

- The J.R. Simplot Co. expects USDA approval for its genetically modified Innate potatoes within the next two months. Simplot Plant Sciences Director of Commercialization Kerwin Bradley outlined the strategy for marketing th...

Oregon wildfires wind down, but lightning coming

- The largest wildfire in the nation, the Buzzard Complex, is 98 percent contained after burning 618 square miles of rangeland about 45 miles southeast of Burns.

Logging advocate to retire from Douglas County job

- Robertson, 70, said he is retiring because of his age and the health of his son.

Potato and onion report

- Idaho Falls Shipping Point Prices as of July 28.

Drone almost blocks California firefighting planes

- An unmanned aircraft that aimed to get video of the blaze burning near vineyards in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento was sighted Sunday.

Organic farmers honored at White House

- Ryan and Tiffany Batalden, of Lamberton, Minn., are among 15 special guests at the White House Tuesday who are being honored as agricultural leaders who are laying the groundwork for the next generation of farmers and ranch...

Steam Up commemorates early equipment

- The Great Oregon Steam-up returns to its Brooks, Ore., home base for another run.

Portland grocery chain carries non-GMO chicken

- Portland's New Seasons Markets will carry chicken labelel non-GMO.

Hot weather ripens fruits, vegetables early

- How is hot weather affecting local agriculture?

Western livestock auction reports

- At the Toppenish, Wash., Livestock Auction, stocker and feeder cattle $10-15 higher, due in part to a higher futures market and a higher slaughter cattle market.

Western hay report

- In Oregon, hay demand was good with some producers delaying sales of their harvest in anticipation of higher prices in the future.

National slaughter, feeder and stocker cattle report

- Slaughter cattle on a national basis for negotiated cash trades through July 25 totaled about 42,000 head.

National wool and sheep report

- Feeder lambs were steady to $10 higher.

California egg report

- Offerings and supplies are light to moderate.

Court upholds FDA’s animal antiobiotic plan

- A federal appeals court has ruled that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration doesn't have to begin the process of withdrawing antibiotics from subtherapeutic use in animal agriculture.

July cattle inventory lowest on record

- The decrease in overall number of cattle and calves in the U.S. on July 1 is no surprise to the industry. But the decrease in beef replacement heifers is, considering other USDA numbers showing signs of herd rebuilding.

Nursery association sells its retail show to an events company

- Oregon Association of Nurseries sells its annual retail yard and garden show to an events production company.

Forecast: Idaho wheat production slightly lower

- Idaho wheat production may be down slightly this year but industry members say growing conditions have been excellent and they expect a quality crop in 2014.

Winegrower steps onto global stage

- Wente Family Estates has tasting rooms, a restaurant, golf course and offers visitors a chance to blend their own wine.

Agencies offer landowners bark beetle assistance

- A bark beetle first discovered in Washington State, the California fivespined ips, is impacting mature trees in the Columbia River Gorge area. Various agencies are teaming up to offer landowners education and assistance to ...

Portland daily grain report

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

Tyson to sell Mexico, Brazil poultry operations

- Tyson Foods Inc. said it expects the sale of its Mexico and Brazil operations to JBS SA will be completed by the end of the year. JBS SA is the parent of JBS USA Holdings Inc., which owns Pilgrim’s Pride. Tysonȁ...

Activists stage protest against foie gras in Reno

- Protesters passed out pamphlets to attendees on Saturday night and waved placards reading, “Tortured Ducks and Geese” and “There’s Nothing Tasty about Animal Cruelty.”

Meat supplier: China unit fell short of standards

- The Chinese food safety agency said last week its investigators found unspecified illegal activity and police detained five employees of Husi including its product quality manager. But the government and OSI have yet to con...

New Red Lobster owners charts different course

- On Monday, Darden Restaurants Inc. said it finalized its sale of the chain to investment firm Golden Gate Capital, despite contentious protests from activist investors.

Grain storage space a problem in parts of South Dakota

- Rail cars are in short supply in the northern Plains, and many officials and farmers blame that on increased crude oil and freight shipments from North Dakota’s booming oil patch.

Snack food company partners with Texas Rangers

- The company has been sending its seeds to the Rangers for a couple of years, and now is the official supplier for the franchise.

California egg report

- Demand is moderate to fairly good on light to moderate offerings.

Trial in salmonella outbreak to start in Georgia

- Federal investigators found filthy conditions at the company’s Georgia plant and said the employees even fabricated certificates saying peanut product shipments were safe when tests said otherwise.

Oregon fires burning, but nearing containment

- The 618-square-mile Buzzard Complex fire in Eastern Oregon, the nation’s largest wildfire, remained at 95 percent containment on Sunday.