Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

RMA announces fall canola projected prices

- The USDA Risk Management Agency has announced projected prices for fall canola and rapeseed. Growers have until the Sept. 2 sales closing date to obtain revenue coverage, says risk management specialist Jo Lynne Seufer.

State kills wolf connected to 22 sheep deaths

- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is allowing Hunters, Wash., rancher Dave Dashiell and staff to kill wolves in the Huckleberry pack that approach Dashiell's flock of 1,800 sheep. Wolf attacks have continued de...

Westside wheat, barley among topics of grain gathering

- Communities looking to reinvigorate local grain economies are meeting as part of the Grain Gathering at Washington State University's Mount Vernon Research Center.

Snake River dredging plan out for public comment

- The Walla Walla, Wash., district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers puts its sediment management plan for the lower Snake River out for public comment Aug. 22.

Railroad says it’s trying to catch up with demand

- Rail capacity issues in the Pacific Northwest and Northern Plains mean less railcar availability for farmers expecting large harvests. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway is working to address the problem, a spokeswoma...

BNSF responds to Cold Train shutdown

- Burlington Northern responds to the closure of a refrigerated car line in Quincy, Wash., whch announced it would shut down due to a reduction in services.

Some exporters dock high-protein wheat

- Some exporters are docking prices for wheat that's high in protein, says Dan Steiner, grains merchant for Pendleton Grain Growers in Pendleton, Ore. Handlers are absorbing the reduced prices, shielding farmers unless the en...

RMA announces supplemental coverage for wheat

- USDA Risk Management Agency announces a new wheat crop insurance option under the 2014 Farm Bill that will help farmers add on to their multi-peril crop insurance policy. The Supplemental Coverage Option is a tool available...

Washington FFA gets new executive director

- Abbie DeMeerleer has been named the new executive director of the Washington FFA Association. A former state and national FFA officer DeMeerleer credits FFA with many opportunities she hopes to ensure are still available to...

High wheat stocks, production yield lower prices

- The latest USDA supply and demand estimate projects higher production and stocks for U.S. and global wheat production. Wheat prices will stay low until more demand is found, market analysts say.

Potato program seeks ‘leaders of tomorrow’

- Applications are due in October for the Potato Industry Leadership Institute, designed to train new leaders to represent the industry.

UI-WSU food science school, S. Korea university form food safety center

- The joint School of Food Science at Washington State University and University of Idaho is teaming up with Seoul National University in Korea to create a Center for Applied Food Safety and Processing. Interim director Barba...

New WAWG executive director looks to future

- Michelle Hennings has moved into the newly created executive director position for the Washington Association of Wheat Growers. Her priority is to reach out to growers at the county level for input.

Filipino millers tour U.S. wheat industry

- Wheat flour millers from the Philippines are touring soft white wheat, hard red spring and hard red winter wheat production regions in the United States. The country is a key importer of U.S. Wheat, and industry officials h...

High global supply keeps wheat prices low

- Wheat harvest in Washington's Whitman County, the highest wheat-producing county in the nation, is under way. But market experts say high global supplies will keep wheat prices down in the $6 to $7 per bushel range until af...

Commission denies conservation groups’ wolf petition

- The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has denied conservation groups' petition adding requirements for ranchers to receive compensation for depredations of livestock by wolves or before the Washington Department of Fi...

New Spokane chamber CEO seeks to connect ag, other industries

- Steve Stevens, the new president and CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated, sees the chamber and economic development council as a connecting organization for agriculture and other industries. It's important for the overall e...

Ag groups leery of govt. greenhouse gas report

- The USDA says its new greenhouse gas report will help provide the science to support and develop tools to help landowners manage carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

House passes Endangered Species Act reform

- The House passed a bill that would require the Secretary of the Interior or Secretary of Commerce to make the reasonings for an endangered species listing available on the Internet.

Simplot feedlot fined $24,000 for alleged pollution violation

- The Washington Department of Ecology is fining a Walla Walla County beef cattle feedlot $24,000 for alleged air quality violations due to hay grinding. Simplot Feeders LLP has 30 days to appeal the penalty.

Potato industry battles declining demand

- The potato industry is looking at ways to meet consumer needs in order to address declining consumption trends.

Simplot outlines Innate marketing strategy

- The J.R. Simplot Co. expects USDA approval for its genetically modified Innate potatoes within the next two months. Simplot Plant Sciences Director of Commercialization Kerwin Bradley outlined the strategy for marketing th...

Agencies offer landowners bark beetle assistance

- A bark beetle first discovered in Washington State, the California fivespined ips, is impacting mature trees in the Columbia River Gorge area. Various agencies are teaming up to offer landowners education and assistance to ...

Iconic breeder writes the book on club wheat

- Retired USDA Agricultural Research Service wheat breeder Bob Allan recently self-published a book devoted to club wheat, a key sub-class of soft white wheat.

Aphids on rise in Eastern Washington

- Aphid populations are increasing this year on small grain fields, Washington State University researchers say. Because the insect pests are sporadic, it's hard for researchers and farmers to determine the level of infestati...

Changes approved at USDA Prosser unit

- Proposed changes for a USDA Agricultural Research Service unit in Prosser, Wash., have been approved, redirecting funding and research through laboratories in Pullman, Wash., and Wapato, Wash.

Wildlife managers think like a wolf to trap one

- Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists track, trap and monitor wolves, the better to get a handle on populations and movement throughout the state. Documentation of wolf sightings will open the door to more m...

WSU partners with company to market cereal varieties

- Washington State University will partner with Washington Genetics, LLC. The newly formed company, owned by Washington Grain Commission board member Mike Miller and his wife Marci. will market WSU varieties, manage royalties...

UI president addresses ag funding, partnerships

- New University of Idaho President Chuck Staben says the school will continue to be a strong supporter of farmers and agriculture. The president recently met with the Capital Press to talk about the future of funding, resear...

McCoy grain adds partner to marketing alliance

- Pacific Northwest Farmers Cooperative and Cooperative Agricultural Producers, Inc., are adding Mid-Columbia Producers, of Moro, Ore., to their marketing alliance, which includes the McCoy grain terminal in Rosalia, Wash. T...

131 billion pounds of food wasted each year

- USDA NIFA director Sonny Ramaswamy made several other key points during his speech at WSU, including a coming emphasis by his program on health and agriculture for funding applicants and the amount of food wasted globally e...

Growers, researchers compare notes on dryland organic grain

- Growers and researchers from Washington State University and University of Idaho are finishing up a USDA project to examine transitioning to and keeping dryland organic grain production sustainable.

Metal thieves hit Eastern Wash. farms

- The Grant County Sheriff's Office is reaching out to Moses Lake, Wash., area farmers for information about a string of metal thefts from farm property.

Wheat head armyworm, midge have low impact

- Two insect pests are not expected to have much impact in the Pacific Northwest this year, according to WSU Extension specialist Diana Roberts.

NIFA chief: Farmers key to solving global problems

- Farmers will be at the center of solutions to problems created by the growing world population, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture director Sonny Ramaswamy said during a lecture at Washington State University i...

New wheat variety honors student

- A new soft white winter wheat variety released by the University of Idaho and Washington State University honors a deceased UI graduate and breeding program worker who recognized "the magic of one little seed," his father s...

Mistaken identity a concern for new wheat variety

- Washington's wheat industry is proceeding cautiously with a Washington State University hard red winter wheat variety, Sprinter, that looks like a hard red spring wheat, two classes that are kept separate in the marketplace.

Industry criticizes ARS cuts in Idaho, Washington

- The USDA Agricultural Research Service is proposing the closure of the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, Idaho, and a reduction in the number of researchers in Prosser, Wash. USDA ARS Director of Information Sandy Mi...

Cost-share program helps farmers handle mud, manure

- The Spokane Conservation District's Livestock and Land cost-share grant and loan program will help farmers deal with mud and manure issues, says water resources program manager Walt Edelen. Spokane rancher Craig Volosing sa...

Growing Walla Walla sweets a tradition

- Walla Walla sweet onion acres and farmer numbers are declining, but a new generation is coming on board in hopes of taking the industry to new heights. Loyal customers find a way to order onions, says Kathryn Fry-Trommald, ...

NASS: Wheat stocks lower across nation

- USDA statistics say PNW wheat stocks are tighter than they were the same time last year. Pendleton Grain Growers grains merchandiser Dan Steiner says soft white wheat in the PNW will continue to trade at a premium to Chicag...

Oregon farmers kick off wheat harvest

- Wheat harvest began in the Pendleton, Ore., area this week, but Pendleton Grain Growers grain merchandiser Dan Steiner says dry conditions and heat stress will keep wheat yields lower than last year.

WSU royalties benefit breeding research, leaders say

- Washington State University's contract with Syngenta and AgVentures Northwest to market hard white spring wheat variety Dayn in southern Idaho will provide royalties to benefit WSU breeding programs.