Dan Wheat

Central Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

Man featured in ‘Farmers for America’ documentary

- Calvin Riggleman, 36, got his start in farming the way many do.

Jackson Hole Winery perfecting production at high altitudes

- Great wine starts with great grapes, the kind that can't survive an 8-month-long winter

Meetings to focus on rule changes for Walla Walla sub-basin groundwater

- The Oregon Water Resources Department will host a pair of meetings Monday and Tuesday in Umatilla County to discuss new rules in the Walla Walla sub-basin.

National wool and sheep review

- Slaughter lambs were mostly steady, slaughter ewes were steady to 5.00 lower.

West Coast grain price report

- Bids for US 1 Soft White Wheat delivered to Portland in unit trains or barges during December for ordinary protein trended mixed, 6.50 cents lower to 10.00 cents per bushel higher compared to week ago prices for the same de...

California shell egg price report

- Retail demand is moderate to good with food service movement mostly moderate.

Fluid milk and cream review — West

- Pacific Northwest milk production continues to follow seasonal patterns without any surprises.

National feeder and stocker cattle report

- Nice runs of longtime weaned calves along with fewer calves right off the cow reported at most sales in the country this week.

Western hay price report

- Many Oregon hay producers are sold out for the year.

Russet potato supplies are tight, boosting prices

- With no slowdown in usage through November, the shortfall in this year’s russet potato production in the Pacific Northwest is going to lead to a supply crunch over the next six months.

Western Innovator: Dairyman overcomes challenges

- Organic farmer built a catchment system to collect water from the roofs of his barns.

Ranchers, environmentalists voice objections to Oregon Wolf Plan update

- Ranchers, hunters and environmentalists all found things to dislike in the proposed update to the Oregon Wolf Plan.

Ag in ‘renaissance’ with tech advances, Forbes says

- Media magnate and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes touted the future of agriculture because of technology and automation during the 2017 Almond Conference.

Fast-moving wildfire engulfs semi-rural San Diego area

- Three people were burned while escaping the flames and at least 65 structures were destroyed, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

25 race horses killed by Southern California wildfire

- The California Horse Racing Board says approximately 25 race horses were killed when a wildfire engulfed about eight barns at a training center in northeast San Diego County

Report: Wolf population increase not hurting deer numbers

- The first wolf pack was documented in Washington state in 2008.

Tax reform for American farmers and agriculture

- This legislation is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make real and long-lasting reforms for farmers, ranchers and every American working in our agriculture industries.

WDFW: No sign wolves diminishing deer, elk

- No sign wolves are driving down elk and deer herds in Washington

Members of ranch family sentenced to probation, fines on gun charges

- Ranchers Terry and Mary Hunt and their sons Russell and Derek were sentenced to five years probation and fined after pleading guilty to federal charges related to illegally buying and selling firearms.

State Department: Columbia River Treaty negotiations begin in early 2018

- The U.S. State Department has announced negotiations to modernize the Columbia River Treaty between the United States and Canada will begin in early 2018.

Farm Bureau president addresses national issues at Pendleton meeting

- American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall delivered the keynote address Thursday at the Oregon Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Pendleton.

Trump administration rolls back Obama-era oil train rules

- Industry officials reacted positively to the news while onservation groups and lawmakers in the Northwest said the rollback was frustrating, but unsurprising.

Lawsuits address whether presidents can modify monuments

- Proclamations signed Monday by the president allow lands no longer protected as a national monument to be opened up in 60 days to mining.

Montana crews to help with California wildfires

- Montana sent a total of three strike teams with 15 engines and 55 people from 14 agencies.

US to review end of protections for Yellowstone grizzlies

- About 700 bears in and around Yellowstone National Park lost their threatened species status on July 31, opening the door to future trophy hunts in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

EPA chief denies sidelining science pros to appease industry

- Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt says his proposed regulatory rollbacks and other policies are grounded in science, dismissing criticisms that he is ignoring experts in a push to appease favored industries

Tax reform key to preserving our family farm

- Every time there is a change or delay in any part of the tax code it costs our family time and money.

Good accountant keeps business fiscally fit

- “They hand me a box filled with papers, and I make sense of it,” accountant Dot Belveal says.

Partners rely on banker to open new organic dairy

- The new business, Nature Ridge Organic Dairy in Raft River, has 2,450 Holstein-Jersey cows and 30 full-time employees.

Financial planner helps sheep company owner diversify his investments

- Realizing the need to diversify his investments beyond livestock and real estate, Henry Etcheverry sought a financial planner who would develop an individualized investment portfolio for him.

Californians blast state over repairs to tallest US dam

- Northern California residents living in the shadow of the nation's tallest dam are venting decades of frustration with state water managers

Largest wildfire eyes communities northwest of Los Angeles

- A more favorable wind forecast still called for potentially dangerous gusts.

Call the fire department — there’s manure on your farm

- An environmental group argues that it’s important to “inform the public” about the emissions cows produce.

State must resolve conflicting solar, farmland policies

- Oregon has strict land use laws and policies meant to preserve farmland. The state also offers tax credits and other incentives for the construction of solar energy facilities on farmland.

DACA, immigration reform pushed in U.S. House

- Thirty-four U.S. House Republicans and a group of mayors, business and community leaders called the New American Economy say now is the time for DACA passage and immigration reform.

Company adding two new barges to transport wheat

- Shaver Transportation will bring two new grain barges to Portland next year to handle larger volumes of wheat moving on the Columbia and Snake rivers.

Climate coalition gains momentum as nonprofit

- One year after becoming a formal nonprofit organization, the Eastern Oregon Climate Change Coalition is ready to broaden its outreach.

Estate plan keeps assets in family for future generations

- With proper planning, a farmer or rancher can avoid federal estate taxes and pass those assets on to family members or disburse them within the family or donate to a charity.

Coping with fire loss, looking for solutions

- Wildfires burned nearly 9 million acres in the West this year and the owner of one small ranch in Washington is trying to educate firefighers on the value of rangeland and change policy that allows them to disregard it.

Where agriculture gets respect in the legislature

- At least 24 percent of the Idaho Legislature — 25 out of 105 lawmakers — are either current or retired farmers or ranchers or involved in agribusiness.

Selected Western livestock auctions

- Livestock auction results from around the West.

East Oregon commissioners to weigh in on forest plan in D.C.

- Representative of counties will accompany Forest Service official presenting plan revision in Washington.

Oregon dairy changing hands after regulatory problems

- Regulatory problems with wastewater have prompted the closure and anticipated sale of the Volbeda Farms dairy facility near Salem, Ore.

Zinke recommends shrinking Nevada monument

- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended scaling back the size of the Gold Butte National Monument in southern Nevada on Tuesday, drawing praise from Republican Sen. Dean Heller but sharp criticism from congressional Democ...

Wildlife disease occurrences spread in Montana

- Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks department is seeking 1,000 special deer licenses to issue to hunters in an attempt to test 300 deer for chronic wasting disease

Wildlife officials say white-tailed prairie dog in no danger

- Tuesday’s announcement culminates a lengthy review of the squirrel-sized rodent’s legal status.

County issues disaster declaration for town without water

- Town officials say a cause has not been determined for why the wells suddenly quit functioning.

Oregon sends strike teams, equipment to California wildfires

- Oregon is sending 10 strike teams from all over the state to help California firefighters battle several massive blazes north of Los Angeles

Los Angeles moves toward legal pot sales milestone

- Industry experts say it’s not clear how many L.A. businesses will be ready to open their doors on Jan. 1.

Where protected lands stand after national monument review

- U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke conducted a review of 27 monuments established by former presidents over more than two decades.