Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

Members of ranch family sentenced to probation, fines on gun charges

- Ranchers Terry and Mary Hunt and their sons Russell and Derek were sentenced to five years probation and fined after pleading guilty to federal charges related to illegally buying and selling firearms.

Company adding two new barges to transport wheat

- Shaver Transportation will bring two new grain barges to Portland next year to handle larger volumes of wheat moving on the Columbia and Snake rivers.

New canola association names board of directors

- Farmers from Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Montana will serve on the board of directors for the new Pacific Northwest Canola Association.

Pacific Northwest wheat exports grow as total U.S. wheat exports decline

- Wheat exports from Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana and North Dakota have grown by 100,000 metric tons per year.

Farmers learn more about dams, falling number testing, Oreos

- Washington wheat farmers took the Washington Grain Commission export tour and what quality workshop from Spokane to Portland, and got an up-close look at the way their wheat moves from field to customers overseas and at home.

Center researches new uses for Northwest wheat

- Research projects at the Wheat Marketing Center in Portland include new uses for U.S. wheat in noodles and crackers, managing director Janice Cooper told members of a Washington Grain Commission tour.

Fish counts vary at Bonneville Dam

- Numbers are higher than they were when the dam was constructed in the 1930s.

Wheat groups: Make quality count in national yield contest

- The Idaho Wheat Commission, Oregon Wheat Commission, Washington Grain Commission, Idaho Grain Producers Association, Oregon Wheat Growers League and Washington Association of Wheat Growers are asking the National Wheat Foun...

China buying more PNW soft white wheat

- The potential demand for soft white wheat grown in the Pacific Northwest is more than farmers produce, Washington and U.S. Wheat representatives say.

Ag industry: CAHNRS dean candidates are ‘exceptional’

- Agricultural stakeholders and Washington State University faculty will meet with the four candidates for the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences the week of Nov. 27 and Dec. 4.

Miller ending term as Washington Grain Commission chairman

- Mike Miller says Pacific Northwest farmers are fortunate to have such high demand overseas for their soft white wheat.

Eagle departing state grain commission

- Almira farmer Mike Eagle isn’t seeking a new term on the Washington Grain Commission.

More growers planting spring wheat in the fall

- An increasing number of farmers are planting spring wheat in the fall, in hopes of getting a better yield and a higher price, Washington Grain Commission board members Dana Herron and Damon Filan say.

Limagrain execs tout new wheat varieties

- Quality is a fundamental building block for the company’s development program, says Jim Peterson, vice president for research.

Other wheat yield contest winners

- Farmers from Oregon, Minnesota, Kansas and Wyoming ranked highest in the various wheat yield contest classes. The National Association of Wheat Growers measured yields on the percentage increase above county averages.

Storing wheat riskier than selling it, economist says

- Washington State University small grains economist Randy Fortenbery recommends farmers buy call options on the wheat futures market. With little room for higher prices, that’s a speculative venture, but less risky th...

Economist, consultant expect extension of farm bill

- Two speakers at the Tri-State Grain Growers expect a year’s delay on negotiating a new farm bill, with the new legislation ultimately looking similar to the current one.

TPP movement continues, minus U.S.

- New movement from the remaining countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership could put competing beef and pork-producing countries at an advantage over the U.S. in the Japanese market, says Joe Schuele, vice president of comm...

Wheat leaders talk overseas, domestic priorities

- Mike Miller, chairman of U.S. Wheat Associates and the Washington Grain Commission, and Justin Gilpin, CEO of the Kansas Wheat Commission, spoke about the relationships between the two markets during the Tri-State Grain Gro...

Grain leaders urge Trump to stay in NAFTA

- U.S. wheat farmers expressed their concern over the possibility of President Donald Trump withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico during the Tri-State Grain Growers Convention in Spok...

Navy couple raises hogs in Eastern Washington

- Paul and Jill Knittel met in the Navy and got married 40 days later. Now they’re raising heritage hogs outside Davenport, Wash., and hope to expand into selling their pigs into more restaurants.

Wheat farmer repeats as national yield champion

- Phillip Gross, who farms with the Warden Hutterian Brethren, was surprised to win the National Wheat Foundation’s annual yield contest again this year. Gross had a yield of 184.29 bushels per acre.

Sandison ‘optimistic’ U.S., Canada will renegotiate Columbia River Treaty

- Derek Sandison, director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture, says the U.S. and Canada are close on recommendations for renegotiating the Columbia River Treaty. He expects movement by the end of the year.

Stakeholders seek funding for bridges in canal widening project

- Stakeholders want to find federal funding to help replace or modify 10 bridges on the East Low Canal as part of the canal-widening project.

WSU ag dean, faculty group debate research

- Some faculty members say the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences has overemphasized stakeholder interests and that “industry is calling all the shots.”

Cattle ranchers consider wolf coalition in Washington

- Steve McLaughlin, former candidate for Washington public lands commissioner, is developing a coalition to help ranchers deal with wolves. McLaughlin spoke at the Cattle Producers of Washington meeting Oct. 28.

R-CALF CEO calls for return to rancher competitiveness

- R-CALF CEO Bill Bullard outlined steps necessary to restore U.S. ranchers’ ability to compete in national markets at the Cattle Producers of Washington meeting Oct. 28 in Airway Heights, Wash.

New Shepherd’s Grain general manager aims to boost sales

- New Shepherd’s Grain general manager Mark Swenson said his priorities are increasing flour sales and ensuring transparency for the company’s farmer-owners.

NAWG president resigns post

- National Association of Wheat Growers president David Schemm, of Sharon Springs, Kan., has resigned to pursue other opportunities. His term would have ended in July 2018. Past president Gordon Stoner has assumed presidentia...

Western Innovator: Giving canola farmers a voice

- Karen Sowers, oilseed specialist for Washington State University, is leading efforts to establish a canola association for Western farmers.

Odessa biodiesel equipment up for auction

- The Odessa Public Development Authority is auctioning equipment inside its biodiesel facility. The agency hopes to turn the building into a “blank slate” for a future tenant, manager Stacey Rasmussen said.

Otto top wheat variety in Washington survey

- The survey helps identify what’s available for growers, the industry and overseas buyers.

Wet weather harms some WSU variety trials

- Growers can ask to see variety test results from several locations, but the data from those sites shouldn’t be used to make planting decisions, said cereal variety testing program director Ryan Higginbotham.

USDA temporarily suspends new CRP applications

- Rod Hamilton, farm programs chief for the USDA Farm Service Agency office in Spokane, said discussions about how to proceed are ongoing at the national level.