Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

Ranchers raise $14K for Beef Counts

- Ranchers recently raised $14,000 for Beef Counts, a program that helps provide food to families in need.

Suess receives top WSU alumni award

- Retired Colfax, Wash., wheat farmer Randy Suess received a Washington State University award for his leadership in the wheat industry.

Field day focuses on forest diseases, pests

- University of Idaho Extension offers an outdoor "Forest Insect and Disease" field day Nov. 19 in Coeur d'Alene.

No surprises for wheat farmers in USDA supply-and-demand report

- Excess wheat depresses worldwide prices, analysts say.

WSU lamb program offered in Wyoming

- An industry program from Washington State University Extension, Lamb 300, will be offered Nov. 3-5 in Laramie, Wyo.

U.S., Canada to begin Columbia River Treaty negotiations

- The U.S. is ready to begin negotiating with Canada on the Columbia River Treaty.

WSU seeks $97M in state funding for plant, animal research buildings

- Washington State University will ask for nearly $100 million in state funding for two buildings it says are critical to plant and animal research.

Canola acres could double in Washington, researcher says

- Canola acreage in the Pacific Northwest will likely double with fall plantings, a Washington State University Extension oilseed specialist says.

Idaho wheat yield a record? Top exec believes so

- Idaho farmers may have set a record for wheat yield, according to a USDA survey.

Registration for in-demand wheat academy opens Oct. 10

- Registration opens Oct. 10 for an in-demand program in December at Washington State University. Wheat farmers who don't get in will be given priority for next year, says WSU professor Drew Lyon.

WSU begins search for next CAHNRS dean

- Washington State University is beginning the search for the new dean for the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences.

Weather boosts PNW wheat production

- USDA's latest report says Northwest wheat acreage is up.

Grain commission ponders falling number problem

- The Washington Grain Commission is moving forward with efforts to address falling number in wheat this year.

Extension agent receives national award

- Washington State University Extension specialist Steve Van Vleet recently received an award for service from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.

Beef industry showcases antibiotic resistance prevention

- The Washington beef industry recently led members of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on a tour to showcase ways ranchers are working to combat antibiotic resistance.

RMA denies wheat growers falling number assistance

- The USDA Risk Management Agency has rejected Northwest wheat farmers' request to ease procedures to help growers whose production history statistics would be harmed by falling number.

Wheat farmers ask RMA for help with falling numbers

- Wheat industry is asking the USDA Risk Management Agency for help with calculating farmers' actual production history.

Greater Spokane leaders support ag priorities

- The leaders of Greater Spokane Inc. say their priorities include building awareness and combatting regulation.

Walla Walla onion farmers plant crop for 2017

- Walla Walla sweet onion officials say yields were average to above average. Harvest ended in mid-August, and the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Marketing Committee will ask the 20 farmers for the amount seeded in October.

Researchers travel world to breed a better honeybee

- Washington State University is importing bee semen from outside the United States in order to diversify the gene pool.

Rancher dealing with 300-sheep loss to fire

- Valleyford, Wash., farmer Dale Dietrich lost 400 sheep in a wildfire.

Washington FFA Foundation hires full-time director

- The Washington FFA Foundation works to provide a solid financial future for the state’s FFA program, says the organization’s new leader.

Farmers welcome WTO challenge of Chinese price supports

- The World Trade Organization is going to take enforcement action against China for its domestic support programs. China's programs farmers are costing U.S. wheat producers $650 million to $700 million annually, U.S Wheat As...

Five Washington FFA chapters are national award finalists

- Several Washington FFA chapters have received national honors

Beef Counts to provide 1 millionth meal

- Beef Counts will deliver its 1 millionth meal this fall.

Downed trees could lead to insect problems in 2017, forester says

- Downed trees caused by windstorms last fall are ripe for insect infestations in 2017, says a Washington State University Extension forester.

Grain industry looks for falling number solutions

- Low falling numbers are a problem for many of the region's wheat farmers.

Seed company licenses grain sorghum variety

- The S&W Seed Company recently signed a licensing agreement for sorghum in the United States.

Japan resumes U.S. wheat tenders

- The restrictions were imposed after 22 genetically engineered wheat plants were found in a fallow field in Washington.

NAWG polls wheat growers on farm bill needs

- The National Association of Wheat Growers is polling farmers about their needs in the next Farm Bill.

Firm markets WSU grain varieties

- Marci Miller, co-owner of Washington Genetics in Ritzville, Wash., helps farmers and others without agricultural backgrounds understand each other.

Researchers modifying yeast to turn ag residue into biofuel

- A Wisconsin company is looking at making biofuel from ag residues such as corn stover and wheat straw.

APHIS, researchers continue GE wheat probe

- The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service continues to analyze the recent discovery of genetically engineered wheat in a fallow field in Washington State.