Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

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.

CPOW plans 10th annual meeting

- The Cattle Producers of Washington hold their annual meeting Oct. 31 in Airway Heights, Wash.

Ranchers question value of wolf study

- Washington State University large carnivore laboratory director Rob Wielgus hopes more ranchers will cooperate with his study into wolf and livestock conflicts. But regional ranchers are questioning the value of his researc...

Conference focuses on small farms

- Spokane's small farms conference returns, called Farm-A-Palouse-A, Nov. 1. The annual event doubled its offerings in effort to convey information to small farmers, says Spokane Conservation District outreach specialist Eric...

FSA helps farmers understand new risk management tools

- Farmers will want to learn more about new USDA Farm Service Agency insurance programs in the weeks ahead, says Judy Olson, executive director of the Washington office.

Speaker to address future of forest fires

- Washington forest fires need better management, says wildlife resources speaker John Marshall, who will speak Oct. 22 in Colville, Wash.

Conference to address Columbia River issues

- The Columbia River Basin Conference meets to discuss various uses on the Columbia River system Oct. 21-23 in Spokane.

UI course helps forest owners formulate plans

- University of Idaho Extension offers a six-session evening short course to help forest landowners develop management plans.

Researchers study dung beetle role in cleaning up soil pathogens

- Washington State University doctoral student Matt Jones is looking for several farmers to help determine which farming practices are supporting dung beetle populations.

Ranchers vent frustrations over wolf management

- Eastern Washington ranchers say the state isn't doing enough to prevent wolf attacks on livestock.

Grain co-ops building shuttle-loading rail facility

- Five grain co-ops in Eastern Washington are building a shuttle-loading facility to keep railroad rates competitive, says Highline Grain LLC CEO Kevin Whitehall. Construction could begin shortly, and the facility is expected...

End of Brazilian cotton trade dispute good news for wheat

- The U.S. wheat industry welcomes settlement of a cotton trade dispute between the United States and Brazil in the World Trade Organization. The settlement means Brazil gives up its rights to countermeasure tariffs against U...

Virus can compromise late blight resistance in potatoes

- Researchers report that a common potato virus not known for causing damage in the Pacific Northwest helps break down resistance to the disease late blight.

Otto has popular debut in Washington wheat variety survey

- A new Washington State University soft white winter wheat variety leaped to the top four varieties planted by the state's wheat farmers in 2014, according to a survey.

Weather cuts into Washington wheat crop

- A cold winter and severely dry conditions shrank wheat production in Washington State, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service says. Overall winter wheat production was down 19 percent in the Pacific Northwest.

Researchers find barley ‘defense’ genes

- Washington State University barley researchers say they've found how specific genes work to defend against aging and stressors. WSU assistant research professor Sachin Rustgi says the discovery will help breed barley variet...

State plans meeting on NE Washington wolf management

- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will discuss wolf management during a meeting Oct. 7 in Colville, Wash.

Spokesperson helps ranchers tell their story

- Livestock organizations should have someone working to maintain a media presence and convey agriculture's message, says Jamie Henneman, who represents several Eastern Washington associations. Environmental and agenda-driven...

WSU doesn’t expect nematode quarantine

- Washington State University doesn't expect USDA APHIS to quarantine wheat ground where a species of cereal cyst nematode new to the United States was found in the spring, alleviating industry concerns. WSU associate dean Ji...

RMA announces wheat, barley projected prices for 2015

- The USDA Risk Management Agency has announced projected wheat and barley prices for the 2015 crop year. Farmers have until Sept. 30 to purchase crop insurance.

Researcher finds gatekeeper wheat gene

- Washington State University researcher Kulvinder Gill has found a key gene that will allow breeders to move traits from wild grass relatives into wheat varieties. Gill expects to focus on finding stripe rust and root diseas...

UI showcases ag opportunities for high school students

- High school students will attend Ag Days at the University of Idaho to learn more about educational and career opportunities.

New wolf pack moves into Washington state

- A Washington rancher says wolves in the new Profanity Peak pack have been preying on their livestock.

New herbicide resistant wheat varieties spark interest

- Washington State University wheat researchers are working on two-gene herbicide resistance in wheat varieties to help farmers combat grassy weeds.

Farmers, researchers testing microbials

- Monsanto and biotech company Novozymes see a big future in microbials, the use of bacteria and fungi to protect crops from diseases and pests. Farmers are more inclined to use the products as they're proven, said Waterville...

Ag groups, Ecology welcome conversation

- Washington Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon says advisory committee meetings are helping the regulatory agency and agriculture industry members sort through feelings of distrust.

Former Whitgro bookkeeper charged with stealing $488,000

- Former Whitgro, Inc., bookkeeper Shayne A. Holt faces a count of first-degree theft in Whitman County Superior Court Sept. 19, accused of stealing more than $488,000 from the St. John, Wash., grain company between the fall ...

RMA: Harvest prices below projections

- Harvest prices for most crops, except winter wheat, are below prices projected by the USDA Risk Management Agency last fall. The majority of wheat acres in the Pacific Northwest are insured, says risk management specialist ...

McNary lock closed to river traffic during daylight hours

- The McNary Dam navigation lock near Umatilla, Ore., on the Columbia River will be temporarily closed to river traffic during daylight hours for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers workers inspecting the downstream gate. Pacific No...

Researchers developing herbicide-tolerant barley

- Washington State University researchers hope to release a barley variety that's resistant to imidazolinone herbicides, commonly used in winter wheat production, in the next two or three years.

Researcher finds new nematode in Washington state

- The new nematode, found on several sites in Washington State for the first time, is closely related to a common nematode and isn't any more harmful, said WSU plant pathologist Tim Murray.

Rancher left ‘high and dry’ by canceled wolf hunt

- The Stevens County sheep rancher said he was left "high and dry" when state wildlife officials called off a wolf hunt, forcing him to move his flock to keep it from being attacked.

WSU center to screen seed documentary

- The Washington State University research center in Mount Vernon, Wash., holds a free screening Sept. 12 of "Seeds of Time," a documentary about preserving the world's seed banks.

Sheriff steps up rural patrols in Grant County

- The Grant County Sheriff's Office in Ephrata, Wash., is stepping up patrols in rural areas to try to cut down on property theft, including livestock paneling. The office relies on accurate information from witnesses in the ...

Giving triticale a chance

- A handful of farmers in the Pacific Northwest are raising triticale for forage and for grain. If crop insurance were available for the blend between durum wheat and rye acreage would "skyrocket," says Howard Nelson with Ce...

Lawmaker criticizes how Carlton Complex fire was fought

- Washington Rep. Joel Kretz, of Wauconda, would like to see the state Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee hold hearings to review the handling of the Carlton Complex fire.

WSU to discontinue annual Seattle football game

- The Washington Beef Commission is evaluating future marketing relationships with Washington State University football as the university discontinues its annual game in Seattle. WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos, a Valleyf...

Jensen leads potato research organization

- Northwest potato research leader Andy Jensen recently took on the title of president of the Potato Association of America. Jensen says a strong association will strengthen the potato industry with research advances.