Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

Washington FFA members gear up for annual convention


ROSALIA, Wash. — Rosalia High School sophomore Collin Pittmann’s hard work all comes down to this.

Pittmann will compete against other students from across the state in the prepared public speaking ca...

Farmer, researchers release plant guide


Idaho farmers have published a guide to native plants, agricultural crops and weeds in their region.

Thorn Creek Native Seed Farms and Thorn Creek Ranch Inc. have produced 600 copies of the “Palouse Prairie ...

Growers urged to scout fields for black leg


Pacific Northwest farmers should scout their winter canola, brassica and crucifer crops for black leg fungus.

“Industry concern is still at a heightened level,” said Victor Shaul, seed program manager...

USDA under secretary: TPP needed ASAP


SPOKANE — Agriculture needs the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal approved by Congress as soon as possible, a top USDA official says.

“Our goal is to work closely with (Congress) to have a vote tak...

WSU establishes food processing center


Washington State University has received a $4 million grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to establish a Center of Excellence for Food Safety Processing Technologies.

WSU will also use se...

WSU creamery adding whey processing facility


Washington State University’s creamery is adding a $4 million whey processing facility.

The creamery processes 15,000 pounds of milk per day, resulting in 1,500 pounds of cheese, according to WSU. The remain...

Workshops help landowners reduce wildfire risks


Rural landowners will learn how to protect their property from fires at two University of Idaho Extension workshops.

UI’s Clearwater County Extension hosts “Reducing Fire Risk in the Wildland-Urban In...

Expert predicts severe stripe rust across PNW


Stripe rust this year will be seen in most Pacific Northwest wheat-producing areas, a USDA expert predicts.

The fungus is to be expected in Western Oregon and Western Washington, said Xianming Chen, research plant ...

Walla Walla meat processor honored

- Walla Walla, Wash., meat processor Jerry Haun recently received top honors at the Northwest Meat Processors convention in Moscow, Idaho.

NGFA chairman calls for TPP, voluntary federal GMO labeling standard

- Scoular Co. vice president John Heck was recently elected president of the National Grain and Feed Association.

UI students skip graduation to attend international meat processing convention

- Five University of Idaho meat processing students will travel to Frankfurt, Germany, for an international convention.

Ecology advisory committee addresses anonymous complaints

- The Washington State Department of Ecology's agriculture and water quality advisory group recently discussed anonymous complaint procedures against farmers.

Western farmers rely on massive waterworks

- More than 175,000 farmers in the West depend on water from the massive natural and man-made waterworks that spans the region.

TPP ‘not close’ to passing, McMorris Rodgers says

- U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers met April 6 with Eastern Washington ag representatives to talk about their concerns.

Ecology sending more letters to property owners

- The Washington State Department of Ecology will send letters to landowners who have not made changes on their property after receiving letters in 2013 and 2015.

New WSU president will reach out to agriculture

- Washington State University's new president says he will take six months to get acclimated before making big decisions.

Kansas State University president tapped to lead WSU

- The hiring of Kirk Schulz is a 'win' for WSU and the state's agriculture, Washington Grain Commission leader says.

New WSU president could be announced today

- Washington State University could announce its new president March 25.

Sheep organization president worries about new FDA rules

- Washington State Sheep Producers president and Lamont, Wash., veterinarian Jill Swannack says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's new Veterinary Feed Directive leaves sheep producers struggling without adequate options ...

‘Commodity buffers’ pay farmers same as crops

- The Spokane Conservation District recently received funding to help farmers afford buffers along streams.

Oregon corn growers touted for high yields

- Several corn growers from Boardman, Ore., have received honors in the National Corn Growers Association's yield contest.

Rancher-vet passes on her knowledge

- Lamont, Wash., veterinarian Jill Swannack is the first female president of Washington State Sheep Producers.

Strong dollar only part of trade picture, ag reps say

- Industry representatives address the effect of the value of the dollar on exports.

New NAWG president seeks more wheat innovation, productivity

- Montana wheat farmer Gordon Stoner addresses such industry concerns as crop insurance and lack of innovation as he assumes presidency of the National Association of Wheat Growers.

Vet students get hands-on experience at lambing school

- Washington State University veterinary students get hands-on experience during a lambing school at veterinarian Jill Swannack's ranch in Lamont, Wash.

Washington FFA chooses its national candidate

- Former Washington FFA state officer to represent the state in bid for national officer.

Researchers developing herbicide-tolerant trait for wheat

- Limagrain chief operating officer Frank Curtis says the first resistant varieties should be available to growers in 2017.

New California Wheat Commission director starts March 22

- Deanna Fernandez takes over as executive director of the California Wheat Commission.

Researcher examines biochar use in forests

- A U.S. Forest Service researcher is studying the use of biochar in forests.

Potato industry working to put salad bars in schools

- The U.S. Potato Board is working to put more salad bars in school lunch programs.

Analyst: Strong dollar, large supply keep wheat, corn prices low

- DTN grain market analyst Darin Newsom predicts continued lower prices for wheat and corn unless the U.S. dollar weakens or large supplies are affected by weather.

Workshop to help forest owners with livestock grazing

- University of Idaho Extension will offer a forestland grazing workshop April 9 in Bonners Ferry.

Free talks offered for small-farm owners

- Washington State University Extension offers free farm talks for small farm owners in Everett, Wash., and Spokane on Thursdays during March.