Dan Wheat

Washington Reporter
Wheat, Dan

Western Innovator: From Saudi Arabia to California

- John Carlon uses Middle East experience get started to growing organic blueberries.

National wool and sheep review

- Slaughter lambs were 5.00-20.00 lower, except at San Angelo, Texas, where they were 5.00-10.00 higher.

California shell egg price report

- Asking prices for next week are 3 cents lower for Jumbo and unchanged on all other sizes.

National feeder and stocker cattle report

- Monday, Wednesday and Friday posted triple-digit gains on the Feeder Cattle Contracts.

Judge dismisses lawsuit over synthetic organic inputs

- The USDA didn’t violate administrative law by changing the procedure for evaluating synthetic substances in organic farming, according to a federal judge.

Work begins on 204-acre solar farm in Washington

- Local officials celebrated the groundbreaking for a 204-acre solar farm in Lind, Wash.

Montana wolf population estimated at 900, gain of about 50

- Wildlife officials say Montana had about 900 wolves in 2017, the 13th consecutive year the state exceeded its recovery goal

Officers kill bear near Oregon apartment complex

- Police said they had no choice because the bear was in a residential area.

Klamath Tribes sue regulators over management of Oregon lake

- The Klamath Tribes are suing federal regulators claiming they failed to keep a southern Oregon lake full enough to ensure the survival of sucker fish

Wolf-like animal shot in central Montana, DNA tests underway

- A central Montana rancher shot a wolf-like animal after it was spotted in a pasture with livestock, but a closer look prompted state wildlife officials to take DNA samples to determine what type of animal it was

Coachella Valley traffic stop yields crop theft arrest

- Southern California authorities have taken a step toward squashing agricultural thefts plaguing the Coachella Valley farming communities of Thermal, Mecca and Oasis

Researcher perfects wine colors

- A Washington State University enologist has found sulfur dioxide management is important in developing colors of rosé wine and made a guide to help winemakers.

Trump administration vows to revamp H-2A rules

- The process will take two years, but the Trump administration has announced pursuit of rule changes to simplify and improve the H-2A-visa foreign guestworker program.

Dairy lenders look to the long game

- Northwest Farm Credit Services and Rabo AgriFinance maintain dairy lending through tough times and intend to continue that long-term strategy.

Sea lions continue to eat endangered fish

- Members of ODFW, the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association and Rep. Kurt Schrader’s office met Tuesday at Willamette Falls to discuss the problem of sea lions gathering to eat endangered salmon and steelhead.

Senate bill would ease restrictions on livestock haulers

- The bill provides flexibility in drive-time restrictions for truckers hauling livestock and insects.

Wineries mull challenge to Washington Ecology rules

- Washinington wine association considers appealing Ecology's new rules

Almonds keep showing promise in Idaho

- Trees survive cold, though yields vary

Wheat growers push back against Farm Bill critics

- Montana State University economics professor Vincent Smith spoke during a May 23 Washington Policy Center conference in Spokane.

OSU hires new Willamette Valley extension agent

- Will Jessie holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in entomology from Oklahoma State University and will work in Linn, Benton and southern Polk counties.

West Coast grain price report

- Bids for US 1 Soft White Wheat delivered to Portland in unit trains or barges during May for ordinary protein trended mixed, from 7.25 cents lower to 12.75 cents per bushel higher compared to week ago prices for the same de...

WDFW confirms third attack by wolfpack

- WDFW confirms it was the Togo pack

Selected Western livestock auction prices

- Recent livestock auction prices from around the region.

Governor declares drought in third Oregon county

- Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declared a drought emergency Thursday in Harney County.

Radio work, other ventures keep small-farm operator on farm

- “The whole reason I do all the things I do is so I can farm,” Matt Brechwald says.

Klamath Tribes sue to protect endangered suckers

- The tribes say they want to protect shortnose and Lost River suckers in Upper Klamath Lake.

Editorial: It’s time to free the Hammonds

- Ordering the Hammonds to serve the five-year mandatory sentence was an injustice.

Editorial: Organic’s great divide scuttles checkoff plan

- The less public benefit of checkoffs is funding for research. Between 50 and 75 percent of the $30 million the organic checkoff would have raised each year would have gone to much-needed research.

Grizzly plan worries Washington ranchers

- Ranchers, back-country outfitters and many residents of Washington’s Okanogan County are concerned to outraged over the probability the Trump administration will approve grizzly bear restoration in the North Cascades...

Disputed pipeline backed by Trump is focus of court hearing

- Environmentalists and Native American groups sued to stop the line.

Officials work to ensure existence of caribou population

- Officials say the existence of the two southernmost populations of woodland caribou is in danger

Inspection stations intercept mussels headed for NW waterways

- Added stations, extended hours find more boats transporting irrigation system-damaging mussels.

Foodmakers to argue Washington’s $18M fine unconstitutional

- Packaged food industy said it was shielding members from 'death threats'

Columbia River Treaty negotiations set for May 29-30 in Washington D.C.

- Columbia River Treaty negotiations between the U.S. and Canada are set to begin May 29-30 in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of State has announced.

Golf tournament to raise funds for Washington FFA Foundation

- The Washington FFA Foundation is holding its first golf tournament to raise $24,000 for state officer outreach and member recruitment and retention.

Clemency decision may be imminent for imprisoned Oregon ranchers

- A clemency decision may be imminent for Dwight and Steven Hammond, two Oregon ranchers convicted of arson.

Truck dumps 40,000 pounds of chicken feathers on highway

- A semi-truck made in Washington state dumped about 40,000 pounds (more than 18,000 kilograms) of chicken feathers across Interstate 5.

Flooding spreads in eastern Montana as waters recede in west

- Driving the widespread flooding is a combination of rainfall and melting snow.

Wyoming to vote on biggest grizzly hunt in lower 48 states

- About 700 grizzlies now inhabit the region surrounding Yellowstone and Grand Teton, up from 136 in 1975.

Trump appears to raise new doubts about US-China trade deal

- The prospect of an escalating trade war has shaken financial markets and alarmed business leaders.

Drought on tap to intensify over US Southwest

- Farmers, ranchers and water planners are bracing for a much different situation than just a year ago.

North Dakota leads in honey production for 14th year

- Honey production in North Dakota last year was down 11 percent from 2016, but the state still led the nation in production for a 14th straight year

Wolves kill calf; rancher rethinks grazing plan

- Wolves kill calf in Ferry Country; rancher says he may quit Forest Service allotment

Bureau of Reclamation leader to speak at water law seminar

- The annual seminar will address issues that directly affect Idaho water users.

Okanogan flood damage likely to reach millions

- The Okanogan Valley, particularly from Oroville to Tonasket, has been flooded since May 5 and likely will be for another three weeks. Growers are dealing with fruit tree, hay and garlic losses.

Ag could be big winner in U.S.-China trade thaw, farm group says

- “We applaud both nations for choosing talks over tariffs,” Idaho Farm Bureau Federation President Bryan Searle said.

Oregon wetland inventory raises regulatory concerns

- A statewide inventory of Oregon’s wetlands has come under scrutiny for regulatory impacts to farmers and other landowners.

Lamb Weston HQ expansion continues in southwest Idaho

- HQ headcount more than doubled since late 2016 spinoff from ConAgra

Environmental groups challenge Oregon timber sale over voles

- Environmental groups are suing to stop a logging project in the Umpqua National Forest to protect a species of rodent called the red tree vole, which serves as prey for the threatened northern spotted owl.

Washington ranchers increase reward for cow shooters

- Washington cattlemen's group offers reward to catch cattle shooters