Dan Wheat

Central Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

Exporters deal with shipping rate increases

- Exporters are dealing with varying ocean freight rate increases because of the bankruptcy of one major shipper. Increases may be more on dry than perishable goods.

Backers: Oregon’s Measure 98 will expand ag, vocational classes

- Oregon's ag teachers and others say the ballot measure signifies renewed recognition of the importance of career and technical education.

Beef industry showcases antibiotic resistance prevention

- The Washington beef industry recently led members of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on a tour to showcase ways ranchers are working to combat antibiotic resistance.

Idaho study seeks optimum harvest, storage dates for peaches, nectarines

- University of Idaho fruit researchers have received grant funding for a project they believe could take peach and nectarine production in Idaho to a higher level.

RMA denies wheat growers falling number assistance

- The USDA Risk Management Agency has rejected Northwest wheat farmers' request to ease procedures to help growers whose production history statistics would be harmed by falling number.

Judge refuses to dismiss USDA organic lawsuit

- A lawsuit over USDA policy for synthetic substances in organic farming has been allowed to proceed by a federal judge.

Wildfires down in Oregon in 2016

- Wildfires torched 186,317 acres in Oregon this year, the lowest total since 2010 and well below the 10-year average.

BLM to round up Nevada horses because of limited water

- BLM says the gather will remove some horses to lessen competition for limited water and prevent declining health, suffering or death of the most vulnerable horses.

Washington Farm Bureau, others sue to overturn carbon cap

- Two lawsuits challenge Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's carbon cap; both suits warn the rule actually will be a setback for the environment.

Rev. Graham testifies about final days Of occupation

- The Rev. Franklin Graham said he spoke to the occupiers every day until the takeover ended except for one day when he was traveling because he wanted to “save lives.”

Bundy’s lawyers seek to stop trial amid appeals

- Ammon Bundy and six co-defendants have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to impede federal employees from doing their jobs at the refuge during the standoff.

Yosemite chief, facing staff claims of harassment, to retire

- Yosemite employees described “horrific working conditions (that) lead us to believe that the environment is indeed toxic, hostile, repressive and harassing,” the park service said in a preliminary report.

California wildfire destroys 8 homes, injures firefighter

- Full containment was expected by Monday, though wind gusts of up to 35 mph forecast for Friday night could complicate the firefight.

Italian plant makes plastic from corn

- The bio-butanediol chemical compound is made from sugars derived from corn biomass.

New York to help farms reduce carbon emissions

- The funding can also be spent on local initiatives to help prepare farms for droughts and other effects of climate change.

Oregon standoff judge wants more proof Cox had gun

- Five defendants face weapons charges.

Idaho farmers concerned about clout of ‘Great State of Ada’

- As Idaho's population shifts from rural to urban areas, many farmers worry that agriculture is slowly losing its clout in the legislature.

‘Geeks meet dirt’ as Idaho company seeks farm solutions

- New Idaho company Kairosys has set a template for how the state's hi-tech and agricultural industries can work together to benefit farmers.

Hanjin bankruptcy causes grass seed airlift

- An Oregon company air freights 88,000 pounds of grass seed to golf courses in the United Arab Emirates after its larger shipment is stuck in South Korea because of Hanjin shipping line bankruptcy.

Washington pay floor to rise to at least $9.53

- Washington's minimum wage will increase to at least $9.53 an hour Jan. 1, though it would rise to $11 if I-1433 passes.

Portland daily grain report

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

Clinton, Trump split over WOTUS

- Hillary Clinton supports the rule, and Donald Trump doesn’t.

GMO labeling rules that matter and rules that don’t

- Nobody — absolutely nobody — can tell the difference between sugar that comes from GMO crops and sugar that doesn’t.

Wolves thrive even without lawsuits

- Gray wolves would thrive even without conservation groups suing wildlife managers.

Clinton, Trump give positions on ag, regulatory policy

- The American Farm Bureau Federation has released answers submitted by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to questions on issues important to farmers and ranchers.

ConAgra beats 1Q profit forecasts on lower costs

- ConAgra Foods Inc. is working through a split into two independent companies called ConAgra Brands and Lamb Weston.

PepsiCo’s drinks, snacks boost sales in North America

- The company gets less than 25 percent of its revenue from soda.

Wolves attack two more calves in N.E. Washington

- Diminished Profanity Peak pack attacks another calf, Washington wildlife managers report.

Drought nearly empties Phillips Reservoir in Eastern Oregon

- 2016 will be the fourth year in the past five that’s drier than usual in Baker County, Ore.

Some evacuation orders lifted in California wildfire areas

- The blaze broke out Monday during a statewide heat wave that brought witheringly low humidity and temperatures in the upper 90s.

Judge rules N. Dakota corporate farming lawsuit is detailed enough

- The judge has ruled that the lawsuit “is more than sufficiently clear” for the state to file a response.

Oregon Tilth helps fund OSU organic Extension position

- Oregon State's small farms center forms a funding partnership with Oregon Tilth, which does USDA organic certification.

Heavy rains a mixed blessing for Idaho growers

- Recent rain storms throughout Idaho have been timely for some growers and a hindrance to others seeking to harvest potatoes or plant fall grains.

Pacific port parties to talk contract

- The Pacific Maritime Association and International Longshore and Warehouse Union say they will start talking about extending their contract.

Hop supply catching up to demand

- Hop growers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho are concluding another harvest while pre-harvest inventories show supply maybe finally reaching demand.

Portland daily grain report

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

U.S. cattle prices continue to erode as supplies rise

- While feeder cattle prices have seen a recent improvement, live cattle and calf prices continue under pressure.

Merger of world’s biggest beer makers clears final hurdle

- The combined company will control almost a third of the global beer market.

Washington watchdog gives What’s Upstream more time

- The Washington Public Disclosure Commission has given What's Upstream until Oct. 17 to respond to allegations it broke state law by failing to register as a grass-roots lobbying organization.

Reports of plastic prompt recall of Tyson chicken nuggets

- Tyson says “a small number” of consumers contacted the company after finding small pieces of plastic in the chicken.

California heat wave intensifies wildfire

- The blaze in a rugged area about 30 miles south of San Jose destroyed two houses and charred more than 3 square miles of dry brush and timber.

Moldova bans Ukraine meat over African swine fever fears

- Infected animals should be killed and burned, the area disinfected, and animals should not be raised within 30 kilometers (19 miles) for one year.

Defense gets its turn at Oregon refuge standoff trial

- Defense lawyers are expected to begin their case Wednesday by recalling several law enforcement officers who testified for the government.

Attorney fees denied in Josephine County GMO lawsuit

- Supporters of Josephine County's GMO ban won't have to pay the attorney fees of farmers who defeated the ordinance in court.

Cheese, butter prices mixed

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

Aging farmers will turn over two-thirds of Oregon’s ag land

- The report says nearly two-thirds of Oregon farm and ranch land will change hands over the next 20 years.

From engineer to wine producer

- In its 10 years, Pudding River Wine Cellars has made a splash with its small-lot, boutique wines and makes custom wine for half a dozen other producers.

Pilot lands new career as winemaker

- The Hat Ranch label harks back to Tim Harless' great-grandparents who homesteaded in Wyoming in 1902.

U.S. organic production value up 13 percent

- Consumer demand is a key factor as the value of organic production nationwide rose by 13 percent in 2015, industry insiders say.

Idaho mulling options following listing of tiny desert plant

- Idaho is weighing its options after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's recent decision to again list a plant found only in southwestern Idaho as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.