Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

Study highlights investments in Columbia River ports

- Businesses using the Columbia River have invested hundreds of millions of dollars since a 2010 project to deepen the 110-mile lower navigation channel from 40 feet to 43 feet, according to a study by the Pacific Northwest W...

WSDA works to eliminate invading snails

- The Washington Department of Agriculture's been working for several years to eradicate Mediterranean snails that have entered the country on cargo near the Port of Tacoma, and keep snails from infesting wheat, as they have ...

WSU dryland station reports zero rainfall in June

- This is the driest June on record at Washington State University's dryland research station in Lind, Wash., director Bill Schillinger says.

100-plus temps to affect spring wheat crop

- Temperatures of 100 degrees or more won't have a huge impact on the Washington wheat crop, industry members say, noting the impact will be greatest on spring crops. But they make a troubling picture for moisture levels beyo...

Farmers consider high-residue equipment to preserve moisture

- The Palouse Rock Lake Conservation District held a demonstration of high-residue farming equipment June 23 near St. John, Wash. Growers saw various examples of direct-seed drills through high residue cut by farmer Tracy Eri...

Ag industry mourns death of WSU president

- The agriculture industry reflects on the death of Washington State University President Elson Floyd. Floyd died June 20 of complications from colon cancer, according to the university.

Washington ag non-profit seeks ‘founding members’

- The non-profit Washington Grown seeks "founding members" to offer donations before June 30 in order to help fund activities to educate consumers about Washington agriculture.

Northwest wheat growers eye early harvest

- Pacific Northwest wheat farmers are eyeing an early harvest due to dry conditions.

Growers still have one more step to sign up for USDA payments

- Judy Olson, director of the Washington office of the USDA Farm Service Agency, urges growers to complete the final step to sign up for new Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs. Deadline to sign up for ...

Leaf rust found in Willamette Valley

- Leaf rust, not usually seen for more than a decade, has shown up this year in the Willamette Valley.

WSU website helps farmers monitor pest insects

- Washington State University researchers urge wheat farmers to check their fields for some of the insect pests that are causing issues in various areas.

New Washington ag director greets farmers at Lind

- New Washington Department of Agriculture director Derek Sandison gave a brief message to growers during the centennial celebration at Washington State University's Dryland Research Station in Lind, Wash. Sandison first begi...

WSU, growers mark dryland station’s centennial

- Washington State University and regional farmers reflect during the 100th anniversary of the dryland research station in Lind, Wash.

White Lily takes PNW wheat national in premium flour line

- Southern-based company White Lily is launching a new premium flour line nationwide using Shepherd's Grain wheat produced in the Pacific Northwest.

WSU tour offers new ways to battle weeds

- Washington State University researchers offer a tour of weeds on their test plots for wheat and chickpeas June 17 in Pullman.

Dry weather, lower prices shrink grain commission budget

- Drought conditions and low prices have the Washington Grain Commission working with a smaller budget. CEO Glen Squires says the industry may be in a down cycle.

WSU center seeks to improve animal health worldwide

- Washington State University center is designed to work on global animal health issues.

Golladay to co-chair Ecology advisory committee

- Warden, Wash., farmer and rancher Aaron Golladay is the new co-chair of the Washington Department of Ecology agriculture and water quality advisory committee. The department has improved in the way it relates to producers, ...

Gluten-free wheat in sight, researchers say

- Washington State University researcher Diter von Wettstein has received further funding for his efforts to create a gluten-free wheat.

Record turnout for Idaho FFA career development events

- More than 960 Idaho FFA members attended state career development event competitions on the University of Idaho campus in Moscow, Idaho. Winners are eligible to go on to the national competition in Louisville, Ky., in Octob...

Industry prepares for 14-week lock closure in December 2016

- The Pacific Northwest agriculture industry is preparing for another extended closure on the Columbia-Snake river system, slated for late 2016 to early 2017.

Farmers ponder options following loss of Portland container carriers

- Pacific Northwest agriculture representatives met in Lewiston, Idaho, to discuss options following the loss of several companies that shipped containers from the Port of Portland.

Wheat industry leader plans to retire from farming

- Longtime Colfax, Wash., farmer and Washington Grain Commission board member Randy Suess has announced his intentions to retire from farming this fall after harvest.

Wolf advisory group seeks common ground

- Consultant Francine Madden worked to help Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's wolf advisory group overcome deep-rooted conflict between different groups during a Spokane meeting.

Moisture needed for Washington wheat crop, grain commission says

- Moisture will be critical for the Washington wheat crop in the weeks ahead, Washington Grain Commission industry representatives say.

Ranchers to address wolf advisory group during closed tour

- Several ranchers will speak to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's wolf advisory group during a tour that's closed to the public.

FFA gives Washington officers a sense of place

- Washington FFA members elected new state officers during their convention in Pullman.

Field day helps ranchers remove toxic plants

- Washington State University Extension hosts a field day May 20 near Ritzville, Wash., to provide ranchers with an update on efforts to remove the weeds lupine and medusahead from rangeland.

WSU dryland researcher shares Nepal earthquake experience

- Washington State University Dryland Research Station professor and scientist Bill Schillinger was in the middle of the first earthquakes in Nepal as part of a 12-day worldwide research trip.

Grain-fed cattle OK for gluten-sensitive consumers, specialist says

- Grain-fed cattle won't impact people diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, Washington State University livestock specialist Paul Kuber recently told Spokane County cattlemen.

Roving dogs kill 21 sheep, Ephrata rancher says

- An Ephrata, Wash., rancher says a pack of dogs killed 21 of her sheep in the last two weeks.

Youths learn life lessons raising livestock

- Pacific Northwest youths learn life lessons raising animals for the Junior Livestock Show of Spokane.

Washington FFA honors past, looks to future

- The Washington State FFA annual convention will be May 14-16 in Pullman, Wash.

Washington ranchers wary of grouse agreement

- Creston, Wash., rancher Dawn Nelson and other ranchers are concerned about a proposed agreement for sage grouse habitat management. The agreement is not realistic for ranchers, Nelson says.