Dan Wheat

Central Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

Oregon water regulators seek $3 million

- Oregon water regulators seek $3 million to deal with groundwater concerns.

Western governors’ initiative seeks to improve forest, rangeland management

- A Western Governor's Association initiative brings state, federal, local and industry leaders together to seek solutions to improve forest and rangeland management.

USDA moves ahead with new GIPSA rules

- The GIPSA rules USDA has sent to the Office of Management and Budget include an interim final rule on competitive injury and two proposed rules to address undue preference and the poultry grower ranking system.

Livestock groups weigh in on grazing restriction

- Livestock groups go on record about one of the most restrictive and burdensome requirements -- stubble height -- in sage grousel resource management plans.

Tree fruit trade groups’ merger effort slows

- The Northwest Horticultural Council and Northwest Fruit Exporters have been looking at a merger for two years. It may or may not happen.

UI researcher finalizing free online water tool

- A University of Idaho researcher is part of a team offering free access to analytical satellite maps they expect will be used by growers throughout the world.

Sheep industry criticizes H-2A rule changes

- The new president of an organization that helps Western sheep ranchers obtain foreign H-2A workers says reforms enacted a year ago haven't succeeded in boosting interest in herding jobs among domestic workers.

Alternative fruit crops showing promise Idaho

- A southwestern Idaho fruit researcher is reporting positive results among the large number of alternative fruit crops he is experimenting with to see if they can be grown economically in Idaho.

WSU researchers working to build a better soybean

- Soybeans with improved flow of nitrogen may help lead to improved plant productivity and reduce nitrogen fertilizer use, says a Washington State University researcher.

Washington gets $4.3 million in specialty crop grants

- Washington, ranking second to California in production of specialty crops, is receiving $4.3 million in USDA specialty crop block grants.

Food security group will offer advice to next president

- The food security task force will advise the winner of the presidential election.

Innate spuds withstand boxer’s attack

- A champion mixed martial arts fighter failed to bruise J.R. Simplot Co.'s Innate line of potatoes during a demonstration at the recent Produce Marketing Association 2016 Fresh Summit trade show.

Soft durum wheat could replace hard durum wheat

- The USDA Agricultural Research Service Western Wheat Quality Lab in Pullman, Wash., is experimenting with soft durum wheat. Lab director Craig Morris has high hopes for the wheat.

Parks director: More worker sex harassment cases likely

- Jon Jarvis calls the sexual harassment horrible and unacceptable and says he was unaware it had been taking place.

Cold brew sales are hot at Dunkin’ Donuts

- The chain has been adding more specialty coffee offerings to better compete with rival Starbucks Corp.

NE Washington county takes ‘defensive’ posture toward wolfpack

- Ferry County, Wash., takes a "'defensive position" against the surviving members of the Profanity Peak wolfpack.

Detroit investigating hepatitis A link to Whole Foods store

- The health agency says it’s not clear how either case was contracted but recommends vaccinations for anyone who ate prepared food from the store.

Wal-Mart invests $50M in China’s online grocery business

- Wal-Mart said it will be using New Dada’s network to offer customers two-hour delivery on groceries.

Groups argue proposal would rescind water rights

- Farm groups say a proposal to send more water down the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers to help fish could further deprive farms and ranches of water and lead to legal challenges.

Winter outlook: Dry in S. California

- The state’s winter looks to come up dry, especially in Southern California.

S. Dakota teen dies in grain bin accident

- Taylor Watzel, 16, became trapped in a grain bin Tuesday and died the following day.

California’s multi-billion-dollar nut boom keeps going

- A price slide for almonds, walnuts and pistachios is the first sign of adversity that California tree nut growers have faced in more than a decade. Has the state reached a ceiling in terms of how many nuts it can produce an...

WDFW calls off hunt for Profanity Peak wolfpack

- Washington wildlife managers end hunt for remnants of Profanity Peak pack, but pledge to resume search if more livestock are attacked

Idaho seventh-graders to present research at genome conference

- A seventh-grade class in Pocatello is helping USDA assess heirloom oat varieties for their ability to germinate in cold conditions.

Oregon company ready to license its biomass technology

- An Oregon company making fuel pellets from forest biomass says they are a clean, "drop-in" replacement for coal.

Settlement deal possible in Oregon Clean Water Act lawsuit

- A settlement appears possible in a Clean Water Act lawsuit against an Oregon farmer.

Portland daily grain report

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

Bear killed in Wyoming after repeated human interactions

- The 519-pound bear was captured Saturday after previously being relocated in 2004 and 2011 due to prior human encounters.

Crews to move Idaho’s largest tree

- A Boise hospital will pay around $300,000 to move and care for the tree to make way for expansion.

TPP crucial to well-being of U.S. agriculture

- More trade could solve some of the dairy industry's woes.

‘Mr. Seed:’ The underbelly of agricultural discussion

- “Mr. Seed” makes the originators and their sponsors look like a bunch of 13-year-old boys.

Pierce should be Oregon’s next governor

- Why Oregonians should vote for Bud Pierce as governor.

Why Oregonians should vote yes on 98

- Measure 98 would make Career Technical Education classes, or CTE, available to every high school student in Oregon. As an Agricultural Science and Technology teacher at Crater High School in Central Point, I’ve seen ...

Owyhee Reservoir irrigators finally get full allotment

- A full irrigation allotment for the first time in four years has helped farmers in Oregon and Idaho who depend on the Owyhee Reservoir start to get back to their normal rotations.

Nestle sales edge up 1 percent despite soft market

- CEO Paul Bulcke hailed the “broad-based growth,” and said Nestle is working to become “leaner.”

World wine production slips amid rough weather

- Italy remained the world’s top producer for the second straight year.

Newsom, seeking governor’s office, now backs high-speed rail

- Newsom, once an ardent supporter of the project who campaigned for a bond measure on it with then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, said he grew critical of the high-speed rail authority’s ever-changing business plan. Now ...

California calls for more water for fish in key river hub

- California farm groups adamantly oppose any such water cuts to agriculture.

Trade talk in presidential race worries Minnesota workers

- Farmer Kevin Paap said 95 percent of his customers are international and that trade is crucial in his industry.

Report: Wisconsin loses almost 400 dairy farms in last year

- The number of lost farms this year is low compared to previous years, when annual losses reached as high as 1,000.

Groups file suit for Pacific fisher protection

- Ashland-based Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center and others filed the suit in San Francisco against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Case against Ammon Bundy heads to jury

- Bundy and his co-defendants are charged with conspiring to impede Interior Department employees from doing their duties at the refuge.

Ag groups criticize Dannon’s sustainability pledge

- Farm groups send letter of disapproval to Dannon chief over the company's pledge to have its dairy farmers move to GMO-free feed.

Agency too slow on H-2A applications, farm labor director says

- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services doesn’t seem interested in helping a foreign guestworker program work for agriculture, a farm labor organization director says.

Congress mulls project to flood Washington farmland

- Congress considers getting behind a $451.6 million Puget Sound project opposed by the Washington Farm Bureau.

Presidential campaigns differ on government’s helpfulness

- Surragotes for presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump presented their candidates' positions on agricultural issues.

Oregon irrigation district urges dismissal of water lawsuit

- An Oregon irrigation district wants a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit accusing it of cheating farmers out of water.

Still no word on how protected Oregon wolf died

- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declined to provide updated information on the investigation.

WDFW suspends hunt for remaining wolfpack members

- Washington wildlife managers have reportedly halted the search for the Profanity Peak pack during hunting season, but it's unclear whether the lethal-removal operation will resume.

Snow helps wrap up below-average wildfire season in the West

- The region saw a below-average fire season overall, with about 7,500 square miles burned so far.