Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

Risk Management Agency exec touts whole farm revenue protection

- USDA Risk Management Agency Associate Administrator Tim Gannon visited the Pacific Northwest this week to talk about programs added by the 2014 Farm Bill.

Hoping to increase demand, commission turns to domestic market for western white wheat


SPOKANE — Washington state farmers export most of the western white wheat they produce.

Now, however, members of the Washington Grain Commission hope to market the blend of soft white wheat and club wheat to...

Lower prices mean cuts for grain commission budget


SPOKANE — Low wheat prices have prompted the Washington Grain Commission to reduce its annual budget by more than half a million dollars.

Commissioners on May 19 approved a $5.28 million budget for the fisca...

New buildings top WSU ag priorities for state funding


SPOKANE — Washington State University’s agriculture school considers two new buildings its top funding priorities when the state legislature goes into session next January, a top official says.

The un...

CIMMYT battles wheat blast outbreak in Bangladesh


An international wheat organization is working to support Bangladesh wheat farmers who are struggling with wheat blast.

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, or CIMMYT, based in El Batan, Mexico, es...

Owners investigating contamination at Freeman grain facility


The owners of a grain-handling facility that was named an EPA Superfund site last year for chemical contamination are working to find the source of the problem, a state official says.

Carbon tetrachloride and chlor...

New Washington FFA officers represent all parts of state


PULLMAN, Wash. — The new Washington FFA state officers represent all parts of the state, organization leaders say.

The new officers are president Alyssa McGee of Sumner, vice president Tye Taylor of Prosser,...

$2M grant benefits WSU, USDA breeding programs


Washington farmers will see better crop varieties even faster with the help of a $2 million grant, a Washington State University wheat breeder says.

The USDA recently awarded the university the grant through the Ag...

Wheat variety trial tours to focus on stripe rust, protein


The region’s wheat variety trial crop tour season kicks off May 25 with the Columbia County, Wash., Conservation tour and runs through July 14, wrapping up with tours in St. John and Lamont.

For the most par...

Washington tops in number of cattle slaughtered in region


Washington may have the fewest beef cattle in the Northwest, but most of the cattle in the region are slaughtered in the state, a Washington State University agricultural economist says.

According to the National A...

Washington beef cattle increase halts decades-long decline


Washington state’s beef cattle numbers increased this year for the first time since 1984 as ranchers joined their counterparts around the Pacific Northwest in growing their herds to take advantage of higher prices...

Workshop offers pruning tips to restore white pine


Forest owners and foresters will learn how to prune the white pine, once a plentiful tree species in Northern Idaho, during an upcoming University of Idaho Extension workshop.

The workshop will start at 9 a.m. June...

WSU, airport negotiate over land for runway changes


PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University and airport managers are negotiating the purchase of land used for agricultural research by the university.

The purchase impacts roughly 122 acres and 30 building...

Lawmakers question wolf collar data blackout for ranchers


Several Washington lawmakers are questioning a lack of wolf location data for ranchers during a key point in the season for both wolves and livestock.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife shares raw locat...

When it comes to wheat, it’s all about quality


RALSTON, Wash. — Mike Miller knelt in a field to inspect his wheat crop on a recent April morning.

After two years of drought followed by a wet winter, moisture levels in the field were near average, and an ...

More than 500 youths raise livestock for annual show


SPOKANE — For Brooklynn Phipps, the hardest part is not getting attached.

Phipps, a senior in Deer Park, Wash., High School, is showing two beef cattle to sell at the annual Junior Livestock Show of Spokane....

Shepherd’s Grain brings farmers, customers together


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REARDAN, Wash. — The best way for consumers to understand where their food comes from is by talking with the farmer who grows it, the head of Shepherd’s Grain says.

The Portland co...

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.