Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

Pasta organization battles anti-wheat messages

- An international pasta organization is combatting anti-wheat messages across the globe, but particularly in the United States.

Lentil industry honors longtime processor

- Longtime pulse processor Gary Heaton and his wife, Salli, of Tekoa, Wash., have been named 2015's Lentil Family of the Year.

Malting barley association announces recommendations

- The American Malting Barley Association has released its recommended varieties for 2015, including a new winter malting barley.

Ex-employee of Whitgro pleads guilty, to be sentenced in January

- A former Whitgro employee will be sentenced next month after pleading guilty to stealing more than $300,000 from the Whitman County, Wash., grain company.

Researcher warns of soil compaction effects

- Heavier equipment means soil compaction that can affect crop yield, says University of Idaho soil scientist John Hammel. Farmers need to start thinking about how to address the issue.

Action needed soon on immigration, McMorris Rodgers says

- Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., says immigration solutions must come early next year,

Wimmer is new president for Far West

- Tom Wimmer, business manager with Marion Ag Service, Inc., in St. Paul, Ore., is the new president of the Far West Agribusiness Association.

Stronger dollar puts pressure on ag export markets

- A stronger U.S. dollar in comparison to other international currency typically means higher prices and impacts export traffic, but reduces input costs like fuel and fertilizer, experts say.

First wolf attack reported in Whitman County

- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife hopes to collar wolves and is reaching out to ranchers in the Lamont, Wash., area after a four-and-a-half-year-old ewe was killed Dec. 5

AgForestry Foundation president to retire in summer 2015

- Longtime Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation president Dave Roseleip has announced he will retire in July 2015. The foundation hopes to bring on a replacement director in the spring before Roseleip ret...

Researcher: Killing wolves can increase livestock conflicts

- Washington State University wolf researcher Robert Wielgus has released a report that killing wolves leads to increased depredations.

Wheat Academy digs deeper into science

- Washington State University Extension's first Wheat Academy is waiting-list only. Weed science researcher Drew Lyon says the university is exploring ways to reach more farmers.

Club wheat premiums to remain high

- Club wheat premiums are the highest they've been since 2008-2009.

Fertilizer, biotech firms address agribusiness conference

- The Far West Agribusiness Association winter conference for farm support businesses Dec. 9-10in Kennewick, Wash., includes presentations by key agricultural companies.

Tight supply to bolster soft white wheat prices

- Wheat marketing experts say tight soft white wheat supplies will keep prices in the $7 per bushel range, then possibly increase in the spring.

Celebrated weatherman: Dry winter, wet spring

- Weatherman Art Douglas, a popular speaker at the Spokane Ag Expo each year, says El Nino may have a dry winter but a wet spring in store for farmers in the West, and may help California farmers facing drought.

Johnson, Zwainz depart grain commission

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

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.

Co-ops herald HighLine groundbreaking

- A new roughly $30 million grain shuttle-loading facility broke ground last week near Medical Lake, Wash. The new facility is expected to be operational in December 2015.

Port slowdown hobbles Washington potato industry

- The slowdown at the Port of Seattle ishurting the Washington potato industry. Washington Potato Commission executive director Chris Voigt says the president needs to step in by next week if the two sides can't come to an ag...

New cattlemen president looks to speed up problem wolf handling

- Ephrata, Wash., rancher Bill Sieverkropp is the new president of the Washington Cattlemen's Association. Sieverkropp lists quick resolutions of problem wolves among his priorities for the state's cattle industry.

Cattlemen ponder future of their livelihoods with wolves

- Washington cattlemen wonder what's in store for them next spring with regard to wolves and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's game plan to manage wolf-livestock conflicts.

Wash. animal disease traceability system on track

- The Washington State Department of Agriculture is on track to implement a modernized animal traceability system by July 2015. The department is proposing several new rules, including the elimination of a 15-animal dairy exe...

Trade pact aims to level the playing field

- Trans-Pacific Partnership trade discussions could level the playing field for United States agricultural exports like wheat and apples grown in the Pacific Northwest, industry representatives say.

Cattlemen call for more Ecology transparency

- Washington Cattlemen's Association is proposing changes to the state Department of Ecology to boost transparency in water regulations.

WSU Extension fills key livestock position

- Washington State University Extension has filled a key livestock position in Eastern Washington. Paul Kuber will return to the Northwest in February from Ohio State University.

Ecology changing watershed evaluation process

- The Washington Department of Ecology recently presented possible changes to the way it evaluates watersheds for pollution.

Cold snap brings sneak peek at winter weather

- Lower than normal temperatures are on the horizon, says Washington State University agricultural meteorologist Nic Loyd.

Funding to finish East Low Canal a ‘rough pull’

- Finding funding to continue development of the East Low Canal in Eastern Washington will be tough, says Mike Schwisow, director of government relations with the Columbia Basin Development League. The league emphasized partn...

Cattlemen’s agenda includes wolves, other hot topics

- The Washington Cattlemen's Association will include hot topics such as wolves and water quality management during its meeting Nov. 12-14 in Spokane.

New CPOW president: Put wolf management in ranchers’ hands

- Lynden, Wash. rancher Todd Kelsey is the new president of the Cattle Producers of Washington. Kelsey's priorities include reaching out to the public and finding a wolf management option that will work for ranchers.

Western students earn high marks at FFA nationals

- How Pacific Northwest and California FFA members fared at the national conference and expo in Louisville, Ky.

Increased beef demand will keep prices high, economist says

- Speakers addressed economic issues at the Cattle Producers of Washington annual meeting. JBS Beef Three Rivers Ranch CEO Mike Thoren advised looking at the global market, while James Robb with the Livestock Information Mark...

Spokane business leaders tour WSU ag programs

- Members of Greater Spokane Inc. attended the annual tour of Washington State University's agricultural programs in Pullman, Wash.

Researcher tackles falling number questions

- USDA Agricultural Research Service molecular geneticist Camille Steber is working to identify which wheat varietiesare susceptible to falling number problems.

WSU seeks federal approval for UAV ag research

- Washington State University is waiting for federal regulations to allow research of unmanned aerial vehicles in agricultural research says Ralph Cavalieri, associate vice president for alternative energy.

Odessa irrigation update to be featured at CBDL meeting

- The Columbia Basin Development League holds its annual meeting in Moses Lake, Wash. Nov. 6.

Washington Grain Commission assessments will drop by 48 percent

- The Washington Grain Commission will receive about $4 million in assessements this year because of a smaller crop and lower prices, says CEO Glen Squires.That's down from about $7.6 million last year.

Federal government collecting info for Columbia River Treaty

- The U.S. entity responsible for recommendations on the Columbia River Treaty between the United States and Canada is collecting information and awaiting further direction from the U.S. Department of State.

Sheep rancher ponders future after wolf attacks

- Rancher Dave Dashiell moved his flock of sheep from near the Huckleberry wolf pack earlier this summer after dozens were killed and others went missing. Now he's uncertain what his next moves will be following the winter.