Dan Wheat

Central Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

Plaintiffs ask for summary judgment in ‘ag gag’ lawsuit

- A coalition of animal and civil rights groups that filed a lawsuit targeting Idaho's new Agricultural Security Act have asked for a summary judgement in the federal case. The plaintiffs argue that the material facts in the ...

H-2A continues rapid growth in Washington

- Use of H-2A visa foreign guestworkers continues to leap upward in Washington state, mainly driven by the state's tree fruit industry.

H-2A wage jumps throughout the West

- The U.S. Department of Labor has set new minimum wages for H-2A visa foreign guestworkers for 2015 that are up substantially for Washington and Oregon and less so in California and Idaho.

Farm labor keeps tightening, industry says

- It's hard to get a real handle on it, but agricultural labor sources say the shortage of farmworkers, particularly seasonal, continues to worsen. A big part of it, they say, is people leaving fields for more appealing work.

Irrigation-clogging weed cleared for removal

- Flowering rush, an invasive species that clogs irrigation canals and intakes, has been approved for removal after federal authorities reviewed the proposal under Endangered Species Act.

Curtailed negotiations may prolong port congestion

- Curtailed negotiations between the longshoremen's union and container terminal operators may prolong congestion at West Coast ports, impeding exports of farm products.

Johnson, Zwainz depart grain commission

- Washington farmers Hal Johnson and Tom Zwainz are departing the Washington Grain Commission at the end of the year.

Potandon sponsors food bank benefit

- Potandon Produce has once agaiin sponsored a Thanksgiving day race to help line the shelves of the Idaho Food Bank in Idaho Falls.

County attorney changes mind on forcing public access

- The Bannock County Commission has once again tabled a vote to forcibly validate a public access to national forest land across private property, including a farm.

New bird flu cluster identified in Netherlands

- At least 25,000 chickens and ducks are being slaughtered on the farms and the ministry said it has also ordered birds slaughtered at a third farm as a precaution.

Hydrologist predicts neutral Southern Idaho winter outlook

- A National Weather Service climatologist says conditions are in line for Eastern Idaho to get a start on its mountain snow pack, but the winter outlook is for a weak El Nino pattern, which could bring slightly warmer and dr...

Many Californians embrace Obama’s immigrant relief

- Attorneys told the audience that anyone in the country illegally and might qualify should carry photo identification, bills, leases and their children’s birth certificates if they are threatened with deportation.

Swine disease outbreak prompts Oahu pig quarantine

- About 25 percent of the Waianae farm’s 150 pigs died last week because of the disease.

Feinstein: Drought relief bill out for this year

- U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., worked with House Republicans behind the scenes trying to craft a measure that could pass both the House and a Democratic-controlled Senate.

Boehner: ‘We will not stand idle’ on immigration

- House Speaker John Boehner took issue with President Obama’s claim that he had to act because House Republicans never moved on the bipartisan immigration bill that passed the Senate last year.

Key elements of Obama’s actions on immigration

- A look at the key executive measures Obama announced Thursday.

Yum approves $1B stock buyback plan

- Yum Brands Inc. last month cut its profit forecast for the year, citing the latest food scare in China that pummeled sales at KFC, its flagship chain in the country.

Portland daily grain report

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

Fall harvest nearly complete in central Illinois

- Although prices have fallen about $2 per bushel for both corn and soybeans, experts and farmers alike agree that the high yields have made this harvest a success.

GOP must act on immigration, Nassif says

- A leader in negotiating the agricultural portion of the 2013 Senate immigration bill says Congress must reassert its constitutional authority to make and pass immigration reform.

Idaho gets wake-up call on imperiled farmland

- An Idaho farmer is showing us why farmland preservation matters.

Recount likely on Oregon GMO labeling measure

- With a margin of less than 1,500 votes, it appears an automatic recount is likely in the campaign over Measure 92, a ballot initiative that would require labeling of many genetically modified foods sold in grocery stores. "...

Farm Bureau moves to new building

- The Oregon Farm Bureau has moved into its new headquarters in Salem.

Speaker urges fight for private property rights

- A former Reagan administration official urges defense of private property rights and says Reagan showed the way.

Washington agriculture exports rise again

- Washington agricultural exports rose for a fourth-straight quarter over the previous year, the state's Economic and Revenue Forecast Council reports.

New WAWG president seeks to preserve farm tax exemptions

- New Washington Association of Wheat Growers president Larry Cochran, a Colfax, Wash., farmer, hopes to preserve key tax exemptions for growers during his coming term.

Real immigration reform must come from Congress, Farm Bureau official says

- It's good that the president is focused on immigration reform but real solutions can only come from Congress, an American Farm Bureau Federation official says.

Obama: Plan will shield 250,000 farmworkers

- The president says his executive action will protect 250,000 farmworkers from deportation.

Mackay Idaho FFA chapter Attended 2014 National FFA Convention

- The Mackay, ID FFA chapter attended the annual National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky from October 23rd to November 3rd . They were accompanied by the Shelley, Malad, Challis, Aberdeen FFA chapters. During the t...

Mackay FFA Chapter Member Receives American FFA Degree


Selena Gregory, a member of the Mackay FFA Chapter, recently received the American FFA Degree. This degree is given to less than one half of a percent of FFA members nationally. Selena is the third student from Mackay to...

Sheep and wool

- sheep and wool markets

egg markets

- egg

hay markets


Hay prices are dollars per ton or dollars per bale when sold to retail outlets. Basis is current delivery FOB barn or stack, or delivered customer as indicated.

Grade guidelines used in this report have the followi...

grain markets

- grain markets

cattle markets


Cattle prices in dollars per hundredweight (cwt.) except some replacement animals per pair or head as indicated.


(Federal-State Market News)



- livestock auction

potato market


Prices are weekly averages of daily prices. All prices are in dollars per hundredweight (cwt.). FWA is a weighted average of shipping point prices or common packs in each area. Weights differ by area. GRI is the Grower R...

Longshore union wrong about port problems

- Union continues to slow down all goods at ports.

NOAA: Globe sets 5th hottest-month record of 2014

- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that last month was the hottest October on record.

Environmental groups to sue over Gunnison grouse

- The Center for Biological Diversity and Western Watersheds Project filed a formal notice Thursday.

Portland daily grain report

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

Country of origin label for meat cuts endangered

- Canada and Mexico need to tell the U.S. “more clearly and more specifically, what, if any, variation of this will work for them,” the agriculture secretary said last week.

Cost of Thanksgiving is going up, but not by much

- Ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner for a family of 10 are 37 cents more expensive this year, according to the American Farm Bureau.

Judge says crowing rooster must go

- A suburb Portland family has been ordered to find a new home for a rooster that just does what comes naturally — it crows.

Idaho Cattle Association backs GMO feed

- The Idaho Cattle Association has taken a stance in favor of genetically modified crops.

Apple marketers face stiff headwinds this year

- Two years makes a huge difference for the Washington state apple industry.

President could act in event of port shutdown

- In the event of a container terminal lockout, President Barack Obama can order ports to re-open.

Carlton Fire: Ranchers, growers face long recovery

- Four months after the largest wildfire in Washington state history burned 256,000 acres, caused one death and millions of dollars in loss of 300 homes, 1,000 cattle, 500 miles of fencing and millions of board feet of timber...

Obama immigration order sets up battle with GOP

- As the president is poised to take executive action to grant temporarily shield as many as 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation, Republican leaders in Congress say they are ready to oppose the measure when they tak...

Immigration order unlikely to help ag, labor experts say

- Several agricultural industry labor experts say a presidential order giving legal status and work status to millions of illegal aliens won't help and may worsen the national shortage of seasonal farm labor.