Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

Trump a ‘mixed bag’ for ag, policy expert says

- Economist say removing regulations is good, but leaving TPP is bad for U.S. agriculture.

Breadmaker relies on ancient grains

- Baker Shaun Thompson Duffy uses ancient and heritage grains to bake bread. He currently sells at several locations in Spokane and has a bread subscription business.

International barley hub to benefit farmers, researchers

- A $60 million research center in Scotland is designed to benefit farmers worldwide.

Conservation district growing urban ag network

- The Spokane Conservation District wants to develop an urban agriculture network.

Study to focus on wolves’ effect on other predators, prey

- Researchers will monitor deer, elk and cougars to study the effects wolves have on them in a new study by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and University of Washington.

Legacy award winner to younger farmers: Volunteer your time

- Greater Spokane Inc. honored its latest Excellence in Agriculture Award winners during the 2017 Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.

Icy weather shrinks attendance at Expo’s FFA presentation, cancels career fair

- School closures kept FFA groups from attending final day of the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.

Falling number research funds sought, WSDA director says

- Federal funding for falling number research and the Columbia River Treaty were among the issues Derek Sandison, the director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture, addressed.

Western Innovator: Keeping an eye on the future

- Washington Grain Commission board member Dana Herron looks at the big picture.

Diversification reduces falling number risk, expert says

- The long-term goal is to develop a whole-grain analyzer to test wheat at grain elevators.

Q&A: Falling numbers

- Answers to some frequently asked questions about falling numbers.

Wheat prices to remain low, economist predicts

- Record global wheat production and “huge” world stocks that are growing faster than demand will continue to depress commodity prices, Washington State University economist Randy Fortenbery says.

Warm, dry spring ahead for Pacific Northwest, weatherman says

- Creighton University emeritus professor Art Douglas sees El Nino in his long-range forecast.

Bill would clarify solid waste disposal rules for ag

- U.S. House members have proposed legislation to clarify manure management rules under the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act.

Wheat research organization opens Chinese center

- Global wheat research organization CIMMYT is establishing a wheat and maize center in China.

Overseas buyers praise industry for GE wheat handling, but questions remain

- Overseas customers praised Washington wheat officials for transparency during the most recent GE wheat. But a cause remains undetermined.

Lower prices, acreage squeeze California Wheat Commission budget

- The commission collects an assessment on wheat of 7.5 cents per hundredweight.

Chef: Taste can play key role in potato marketing

- Chef and Oregon Potato Commission public member Leif Benson continues his quest to explore and capitalize on taste to build markets.

Workshop to help farmers deal with soil acidity

- Growers will learn several management techniques during a soil health workshop Feb. 16 in Spokane Valley and Feb. 17 in Walla Walla, Wash.

Shrink the EPA? Speaker says he has a way

- Speakers at the Washington-Oregon Potato Conference expect regulatory relief and trade agreements country-to-country under President Donald Trump.

Potatoes show strength in exports, food service

- U.S. potatoes are showing growth in exports and food service markets, says John Toaspern, chief marketing officer of Potatoes USA.

Photo contest captures moments of farm life

- Adult and youth photographers again turned in their best work to depict Pacific Northwest agriculture during the Spokane Ag Expo's annual photo contest.

Ag award adds category to honor lifetime achievements

- The Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum honors those individuals working to improve agriculture. This year, they're adding a legacy award.

Popular weatherman to offer his annual forecast

- Creighton University professor emeritus Art Douglas returns to the Spokane Ag Expo. Douglas is popular with local farmers, says Expo manager Myrna O'Leary.

AgriBusiness Council continues to evolve

- With Greater Spokane Incorporated under new leadership, the agribusiness council's priorities include public policy impacts, say chairman Jay Allert.

Fortenbery, Squires to discuss markets during economic forecast

- Washington State University economics professor Randy Fortenbery and Washington Grain Commission CEO Glen Squires will give the economic forecast during the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.

Rodeo rider to share inspirational story with FFA members

- Rodeo barrel racer Amberley Snyder wants FFA members to know they can overcome obstacles.

Longtime Expo director prepares to step back

- Longtime Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum director Myrna O'Leary plans to retire in November, making this her last official show. O'Leary will remain as a consultant to help the transition in 2018.

Event plants seeds for future ag careers

- Future employers return every year to the Spokane Ag Expo career fair to promote potential jobs to high school students.

Volunteer remembers early days of Spokane Ag Expo

- Retired Spokane accountant Ernie Becker remembers the early days of the Spokane Ag Expo, which marks its 40th anniversary in 2017.

Peeling contest kicks off potato conference

- Four teams competed for the title of best peelers during the annual potato peeling contest at the Washington Oregon Potato Conference, including a team from England.

Industry tackles herbicide resistance worries

- The Pacific Northwest industry discussed increasing concerns about herbicide-resistant weeds during a regional listening session in Pasco, Wash.

Farmers, DNR support longer lease termination notices

- Washington wheat farmers and the state Department of Natural Resources support a bill that would extend the notification time before the state can terminate a farmer’s lease on state land for a “better use or ...

Trump withdraws from Trans-Pacific Partnership

- CNN is reporting President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership neogitating process.

Snow mold concerns loom as snow cover lingers

- Wheat fields in Central and Eastern Washington could reach 100 days of snow cover, increasing the chance of snow mold in northern wheat fields.

Researchers use new gene-editing technology to ‘make better crops faster’

- Monsanto has entered a global licensing agreement to use new gene-editing technology.

Ag industry welcomes USDA nomination

- Sonny Perdue, Trump’s long-delayed pick to head the USDA, is greeted with favor and no small amount of relief.

New perennial grain species offers farmers flexibility

- Researchers have developed a new perennial grain species, a combination of wheat and wheatgrass.

USDA estimates fewer winter wheat acres than expected

- The USDA’s latest report estimated fewer wheat acres than the industry expected.

Grower forum will tackle falling number problems

- A Washington Association of Wheat Growers forum Jan. 31 in Colfax, Wash., will discuss falling number with farmers.

Malting Barley Association updates list of varieties

- The American Malting Barley Association has updated its list of approved varieties for farmers. Vice president Scott Heisel advises farmers to speak with buyers before they grow, and ensure they have a market for the crop.

Veterinary feed rule changes affect pork producers

- Federal veterinary feed rules will make a difference for pork producers.

Researchers find jointed goatgrass resistant to Beyond herbicide

- Researchers have found jointed goatgrass resistant to Beyond herbicide in Eastern Washington.

Industry to air concerns about herbicide-resistant weeds

- The Pacific Northwest agricultural industry will discuss herbicide resistance developing in weeds at a Jan. 24 listening session in Pasco, Wash.

Researchers weigh solutions for acidic soil

- Eastern Washington farmers are considering different options to deal with acidic soils.

Workshop offers ways to deal with ‘natural risk’

- A free workshop in Spokane Jan. 20 helps small farmers assess the natural risks on their operations.

Grain reps, state officials meet with USDA on falling number

- Pacific Northwest wheat commissions and state officials recently met with USDA to discuss falling number problems in wheat. Washington Grain Commission CEO Glen Squires says the organizations are keeping in touch and moving...

Moses Lake High School greenhouse vandalized

- Plants raised by Moses Lake, Wash., High School students in partnership with a local seed company were damaged when someone vandalized the high school greenhouse.

Wheat prices will remain low in 2017, analysts predict

- A large global supply will continue to depress worldwide wheat prices in 2017, market analysts predict.

Industry rates International Year of Pulses promotion a success

- The United Nations International Year of Pulses drew more interest than the USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council anticipated.