Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

Otto top wheat variety planted in Washington

- A relatively new variety of soft white winter wheat tops the list of varieties raised by Washington growers.

Vilsack: TPP text available in next 30 days

- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be made available in the next 30 days.

Most agriculture groups favorable to TPP

- Most agricultural organizations say they welcome news that a TPP agreement has been reached but want to see the details.

Ecology to order clean-up of grain-handling facility

- The Washington Department of Ecology is seeking public comment on an order to have the Union Pacific Railroad and Cenex Harvest States Inc., clean up a SuperFund site at a grain handling facility in Freeman, Wash.

Device helps take guesswork out of harvest

- Kevin Oldenburg, president of 2nd Sight Bio Science in Spokane, has developed FairPick, a way for fruit growers to more accurately measure the amount of fruit their employees pick.

WSU to dedicate new plant growth facility

- Washington State University will toast the opening of its plant growth facility with an invitation-only ceremony Oct. 17. WSU associate dean and WSU Extension director Rich Koenig said the ceremony will honor a three-way pa...

Dry weather leads to higher protein levels in some wheat

- The effects of drought persist for the Washington wheat crop. Washington Grain Commissioner Dana Herron is recommending farmers switch from soft white wheat to red wheat, in which high protein is rewarded.

Bluetongue cases increase among wildlife, livestock

- Bluetongue virus has been found in 42 animals, including white-tailed deer and livestock, according to Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

McMorris Rodgers won’t seek House majority leader job

- Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has decided not to bid for the House majority leader position.

McMorris Rodgers eyes House majority leader role

- With Speaker of the House John Boehner resigning, Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers may seek the House majority leader post.

Abnormally warm, dry fall in store for NW, expert predicts

- Meteorologist Nic Loyd says the weather could turn around by mid-2016.

Washington reps: Timeliness key to China trade

- Washington state trade and agriculture representatives say timeliness is a key factor in developing and maintaining trade with partners such as China.

USDA ag economist tells farmers to seek new opportunities

- University of Idaho graduate Lee Schatz, now with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, returns to the Moscow, Idaho campus to talk about opportunities and international trade. Schatz was featured in the Oscar-winning movi...

N. Idaho fire victims to receive recovery assistance information

- University of Idaho Extension in Clearwater County offers workshops on the availability of assistance for landowners impacted by wildfires.

USDA announces projected prices for small grains

- The USDA Risk Management Agency announces the projected prices for small grains. Farmers are urged to contact their crop insurance agents.

Another step taken toward bringing water to Odessa Subarea

- The East Columbia Basin Irrigation District has approved a 40-year renewal of its master water service contract.

Retiring wheat leader prepares for equipment auction

- Longtime Washington farmer Randy Suess auctions off equipment at his Colfax, Wash., farm as he retires from farming.

Seminar to offer options for managing livestock near streams

- Experts will show Eastern Washington ranchers how livestock management can impact pastures near streams.

Summer Beef Counts promotion raises more than $20,000

- The Washington Beef Commission's Beef Counts program capped its summer season with a donation to Second Harvest.

Taiwan flour millers pledge $544 million to U.S. wheat exports

- The Taiwan Flour Millers Association has pledged $544 million to support U.S. wheat exports over the next two years. Idaho Wheat Commission Executive Director Blaine Jacobson says it's the largest amount the association has...

Johnson named interim chair of WSU animal sciences department

- Kris Johnson is the new interim chair of Washington State University's Department of Animal Sciences.

Ecology: ‘Uncontrollable’ dust storms shouldn’t count against state

- The Washington State Department of Ecology is asking the EPA to not count several 2013 dust storms towards instances of standards violations.

Council seeks to add faba bean, lupine to list

- The Washington Dry Pea and Lentil Commission is also proposing to add faba beans and lupine, a forage grain legume.

Washington dry pea, lentil commission eyes name change

- The Washington Dry Pea and Lentil Commission is considering changing its name to the Washington Pulse Crops Commission as part of the United Nations International Year of Pulses in 2016.

Hot, dry weather keeps stripe rust levels low

- Dry conditions kept stripe rust from advancing from winter wheat into spring wheat, USDA Agricultural Research Service plant research geneticist Xianming Chen says.

Program pairs veterans with ag careers

- The Spokane Conservation District is reaching out to veterans about pursuing a career in agriculture.

WSU ag college acting dean: ‘We’re going to stay the course’

- Kim Kidwell, acting dean of Washington State University's College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, says the college will keep moving forward in light of the leadership shuffle that has followed WSU Pres...

Washington pea trials suffer from heat

- Washington State University's pea trials suffered because of heat and drought this seaon. But WSU regional specialist Stephen Guy says farmers should still consider the crop for the benefits it brings to the soil.

WSU develops carcass calculator

- Washington State University has developed a "carcass calculator" app to help ranchers predict the price they'll receive for their meat.

Smaller wheat seed may impact planting decisions, expert says

- Washington State University extension specialist Ryan Higginbotham rounds up what farmers might consider before deciding which wheat varieties to plant.

USDA surveying farmers on management practices

- The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service will interview farmers across the nation, including the Pacific Northwest, to get more information about farming and conservation practices.

Farmers should report fire, drought losses to Farm Service Agency, officials say

- The USDA Farm Service Agency is starting to hear from growers impacted by wildfires. State outreach coordinator Chris Bieker recommends photo documentation.

Timber execs agree with E. Washington logging shutdown due to fire danger

- The Washington Department of Natural Resources is shutting down all industrial forest activity in Eastern Washington due to fire danger.

Chelan FFA advisor loses home to wildfire

- Chelan FFA advisor Rod Cool and his family lost their home in the fires burning around Chelan, Wash.

Regional RMA director foresees new crop insurance trends

- More growers are likely to start considering crop insurance in the wake of drought impacts, says the director of the Spokane regional office of the USDA Risk Management Agency.

USDA wheat stock projections drag on prices, analysts say

- The USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report calls for more corn and wheat than industry projections, market analysts say.

Registration open for Tilth Producers convention

- Early bird registration is now open for the Tilth Producers of Washington annual conference.

Interim director to maintain UI experiment station

- University of Idaho animal scientist Mark McGuire is the interim director of the college's experiment station. Longtime director Donn Thill retired at the end of July.