Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

Program pairs veterans with ag careers

- The Spokane Conservation District is reaching out to veterans about pursuing a career in agriculture.

WSU ag college acting dean: ‘We’re going to stay the course’

- Kim Kidwell, acting dean of Washington State University's College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, says the college will keep moving forward in light of the leadership shuffle that has followed WSU Pres...

Washington pea trials suffer from heat

- Washington State University's pea trials suffered because of heat and drought this seaon. But WSU regional specialist Stephen Guy says farmers should still consider the crop for the benefits it brings to the soil.

WSU develops carcass calculator

- Washington State University has developed a "carcass calculator" app to help ranchers predict the price they'll receive for their meat.

Smaller wheat seed may impact planting decisions, expert says

- Washington State University extension specialist Ryan Higginbotham rounds up what farmers might consider before deciding which wheat varieties to plant.

USDA surveying farmers on management practices

- The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service will interview farmers across the nation, including the Pacific Northwest, to get more information about farming and conservation practices.

Farmers should report fire, drought losses to Farm Service Agency, officials say

- The USDA Farm Service Agency is starting to hear from growers impacted by wildfires. State outreach coordinator Chris Bieker recommends photo documentation.

Timber execs agree with E. Washington logging shutdown due to fire danger

- The Washington Department of Natural Resources is shutting down all industrial forest activity in Eastern Washington due to fire danger.

Chelan FFA advisor loses home to wildfire

- Chelan FFA advisor Rod Cool and his family lost their home in the fires burning around Chelan, Wash.

Regional RMA director foresees new crop insurance trends

- More growers are likely to start considering crop insurance in the wake of drought impacts, says the director of the Spokane regional office of the USDA Risk Management Agency.

USDA wheat stock projections drag on prices, analysts say

- The USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report calls for more corn and wheat than industry projections, market analysts say.

Registration open for Tilth Producers convention

- Early bird registration is now open for the Tilth Producers of Washington annual conference.

Interim director to maintain UI experiment station

- University of Idaho animal scientist Mark McGuire is the interim director of the college's experiment station. Longtime director Donn Thill retired at the end of July.

Irrigators expect lawsuit hearing in mid-September

- Irrigators suing U.S. Bureau of Reclamation anticipate going before a court in mid-September.

Ag groups thank Cantwell, Murray for backing trade authority

- Washington agriculture groups are backing Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray for voting for trade promotion authority.

Farmers eye low wheat prices as harvest wraps up

- Wheat prices have hit five-year lows, but market analysts say they could go even lower — or they could go up.

Western farm expenses increase 11 percent in 2014

- USDA NASS has released a report that shows that farm expenditures increased in 2014.

Washington potato leader looks ahead to next decade

- Chris Voigt celebrates 10 years as executive director of the Washington State Potato Commission this month. Voigt says the big challenge of the next decade will be educating the public about the science behind farming.

Small potatoes mean big opportunity, industry leader says

- Immature potatoes will be an important market for potato growers in the next 10 years, says Chris Voigt, Washington Potato Commission executive director.

Forage insurance expands in some areas

- The USDA Risk Management Agency is expanding forage insurance to cover dryland timothy hay and orchardgrass. Washington State University Extension specialist Jon Driver says it would have come in handy this year.

Wheat Marketing Center seeks new executive director

- The Wheat Marketing Center in Portland, Ore., is looking for a new director after David Shelton resigned in early July. Board chairman Bill Flory, an Idaho wheat farmer, says the new director will hopefully be able to balan...

State funding moves Connell rail project forward

- $10 million in state funding will help clear up a railroad pinchpoint that affects agricultural traffic in Eastern Washington, project supporters say.

Commission exec keeps industry connected

- The Washington Grain Commission's Mary Palmer Sullivan is the go-to person for researchers and trade relationships.

Popularity of pulse crops poised to grow

- The USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council expects pulse crop acreage to increase in the next few years, thanks to the availability of crop insurance and an International Year of Pulses slated for 2016.

Pulse growers asked to boost assessment

- The USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council is applying to increase the assessment it collects from farmers.

Soil health company showcases new rotation crops

- Reardan, Wash., soil research company Rhizoterra Inc. showcases new crops and technology during its field day.

WSU showcases new organic farm site on field day

- Organic farmers will get to see Washington State University's organic farm, now completely moved to its larger location, during the annual field day July 30 in Pullman, Wash.

Anti-aphid wheat research may present opportunities

- A research project in England to develop wheat that wards off aphids without pesticides didn't succeed, but the techniques that were developed could help future researchers.

Grasshopper, aphid numbers on the rise

- Washington State University researchers recommend farmers monitor their fields for grasshopper and aphid activity.

Researcher tests pine needles in compost

- Washington State University Extension Forestry Educator Steve McConnell is leading an experiment to prove pine needles make good composting material.

EPA chief calls for conservation partnerships

- The regional head of the Environmental Protection Agency says he is willing to allow states or other agencies to take the lead when they have programs that are working.

PNW wheat industry eyes possible sprout, high protein

- Rain forecasts have Washington State University wheat breeder Arron Carter cautioning about possible sprout damage.

McMorris Rodgers: Immigration reform movement ‘soon’

- Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says immigration reform is a top priority for the agriculture industry.

Researcher seeks new markets for crops

- A Washington State University lab in Pullman, Wash., finds new uses for agricultural commodities a helps processors perfect their products.

NAWG leader urges progress in TPP talks

- National Association of Wheat Growers president Brett Blankenship shares the wheat industry's next steps for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement following approval of trade promotion authority for the Obama a...

Japanese millers follow Northwest wheat harvest

- Japanese millers are touring the Pacific Northwest this week. U.S. Wheat Associates vice president Steve Wirsching hopes to convey the reliability of U.S. wheat supplies to trade team, which represents a major customer for ...

Researchers weigh winter pea option for dryland farmers

- Washington State University's dryland research station is considering ways farmers can add winter peas into their crop rotations.