Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

Otto top wheat variety in Washington survey

- The survey helps identify what’s available for growers, the industry and overseas buyers.

Wet weather harms some WSU variety trials

- Growers can ask to see variety test results from several locations, but the data from those sites shouldn’t be used to make planting decisions, said cereal variety testing program director Ryan Higginbotham.

USDA temporarily suspends new CRP applications

- Rod Hamilton, farm programs chief for the USDA Farm Service Agency office in Spokane, said discussions about how to proceed are ongoing at the national level.

Washington feedyard operator featured in national beef ad campaign

- Pasco, Wash., feedyard operator Cody Easterday is featured in the National Beef Checkoff campaign, promoting advances in the cattle industry.

Australian researcher to discuss dryland wheat farming

- Australian wheat researcher James Hunt is intrigued by farmers raising wheat in the Horse Heaven Hills, one of the driest regions in the world for wheat production.

Scientists pursue new test as part of falling number research

- The Washington Grain Commission approves a $150,000 research project at Washington State University to get closer to a genetic solution to falling number.

Tests identify weed seeds in pollinator mixes

- The seed industry has responded to contamination problems with Palmer amaranth in seed mixes, developing rapid DNA tests to confirm purity.

NIFA director: Focus research on grower profitability

- Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, spoke to an audience at University of Idaho about the USDA’s emphasis on grower profitability and ways to combat food waste and hunger in M...

Flat wheat price means storage ‘risky,’ economist says

- Wheat prices are likely to stay within the $5.45-$5.50 per bushel range through the end of the year, making it “riskier” for farmers to store their grain, Washington State University small grains economist Ran...

Wheat group defends crop insurance

- The National Association of Wheat Growers is countering information from groups that oppose crop insurance.

What’s next for Ramaswamy?

- Sonny Ramaswamy’s term as director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture ends next year.

Wheat groups call for new trade agreements

- The National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates are telling U.S. leaders to pivot from renegotiating existing trade deals and start developing new ones.

Registration for high-demand WSU wheat academy opens Oct. 10

- The popular two-day program, running Dec. 12-13, offers a hands-on look at the science behind farm management recommendations.

Conservation groups will get advance notice of wolf kills

- Two conservation groups say an agreement in their lawsuit against the Washington Department of Wildlife to receive 48 hours notice before killing problem wolves will allow them to seek legal action to get a temporary restra...

Washington lifts kill order on Smackout Pack after two attack-free months

- Wolf policy lead Donny Martorello said it looks like removing two wolves from the pack changed the pack’s behavior.

Conservation groups file lawsuit challenging WDFW wolf kill order

- The Center for Biological Diversity and Cascadia Wildlands have filed a lawsuit to prevent the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife from issuing future wolf kill orders without following the state’s Environment...

Ethics complaint filed against legislator over WSU wolf research

- Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a nonprofit activist group, has filed a complaint against Washington state Rep. Joel Kretz, alleging that he threatened to withhold university funding unless wolf researche...

NW wheat exports rebound from last year

- USDA anticipates global wheat production to be lower in 2017-2018, but global wheat consumption will remain at last year’s record high level.

Cattleman calls for local management of wolves

- Justin Hedrick, a Laurier, Wash., rancher and president of the Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association, wants local sheriffs to manage wolves.

State funding for new commodity buffers on hold

- Funding for new “commodity buffers” is on hold until the state passes its capital budget. The Spokane Conservation District is accepting applications for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program through O...

Beef Counts feeds record number of families in need

- The Washington beef industry donated $50,000, bringing total donations to $710,000.

Pollinator seed mix may contain Palmer amaranth weed, WSU warns

- Some seed mixes designed to foster habitat for honeybees and other pollinators may be contaminated with Palmer amaranth, WSU researcher says.

University of Idaho speaker hopes to elevate GMO conversation

- Upcoming University of Idaho speaker Fred Gould, agriculture professor at North Carolina State University, led a National Academy of Sciences committee study on the realities of GMO crops.

Alfalfa seed farmers have average, profitable year

- The alfalfa seed harvest in Washington state is nearing its end.

WA group starts campaign to stop use of biosolids on ag land

- Members of the Protect Mill Canyon Watershed citizen committee in Eastern Washington are launching a letter-writing campaign asking the state to deny a permit to a company to apply biosolids to a Davenport, Wash., farm, and...

Show and tell: TV program offers viewers insights into ag

- A TV show which promotes food to an urban audience is about to find its biggest audience yet.

Wheat experts weigh in on fall planting outlook

- Farmers who plant early are more likely to run into problems, experts warn.

Cowgirl Camp helps build skills, network among women ranchers

- The first participants in the five-day New Cowgirl Camp in Eastern Washington learned about livestock management, planning grazing and other practical skills. Cheney, Wash., rancher Beth Robinette hopes the camp leads to a ...

Japanese buyers consider Washington wheat

- Masuda Flour Milling Co. buyers, from Japan, met with Washington Grain Commission representatives to discuss the possibility of using Washington wheat varieties in new products.

U.S. Wheat on Trump threat: Leaving NAFTA would be ‘disastrous’

- Ben Conner, director of policy at U.S. Wheat Associates, says NAFTA has room for improvement, but renegotiating the deal poses a lot of risk.

Wheat farmers show reporters farm-to-market chain

- The Washington Association of Wheat Growers hosted a tour for media showcasing the wheat marketing chain.

State looks to reduce exporters’ grain inspection fees

- The Washington State Department of Agriculture wants to reduce the grain inspection fee for exporters.

Falling number test results ‘normal’ this year, researcher says

- Washington’s grain inspection program is reporting a normal number of tests for falling number in 2017 after many problems last year.