Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

Wheat farmers ask RMA for help with falling numbers

- Wheat industry is asking the USDA Risk Management Agency for help with calculating farmers' actual production history.

Greater Spokane leaders support ag priorities

- The leaders of Greater Spokane Inc. say their priorities include building awareness and combatting regulation.

Walla Walla onion farmers plant crop for 2017

- Walla Walla sweet onion officials say yields were average to above average. Harvest ended in mid-August, and the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Marketing Committee will ask the 20 farmers for the amount seeded in October.

Researchers travel world to breed a better honeybee

- Washington State University is importing bee semen from outside the United States in order to diversify the gene pool.

Rancher dealing with 300-sheep loss to fire

- Valleyford, Wash., farmer Dale Dietrich lost 400 sheep in a wildfire.

Washington FFA Foundation hires full-time director

- The Washington FFA Foundation works to provide a solid financial future for the state’s FFA program, says the organization’s new leader.

Farmers welcome WTO challenge of Chinese price supports

- The World Trade Organization is going to take enforcement action against China for its domestic support programs. China's programs farmers are costing U.S. wheat producers $650 million to $700 million annually, U.S Wheat As...

Five Washington FFA chapters are national award finalists

- Several Washington FFA chapters have received national honors

Beef Counts to provide 1 millionth meal

- Beef Counts will deliver its 1 millionth meal this fall.

Downed trees could lead to insect problems in 2017, forester says

- Downed trees caused by windstorms last fall are ripe for insect infestations in 2017, says a Washington State University Extension forester.

Grain industry looks for falling number solutions

- Low falling numbers are a problem for many of the region's wheat farmers.

Seed company licenses grain sorghum variety

- The S&W Seed Company recently signed a licensing agreement for sorghum in the United States.

Japan resumes U.S. wheat tenders

- The restrictions were imposed after 22 genetically engineered wheat plants were found in a fallow field in Washington.

NAWG polls wheat growers on farm bill needs

- The National Association of Wheat Growers is polling farmers about their needs in the next Farm Bill.

Firm markets WSU grain varieties

- Marci Miller, co-owner of Washington Genetics in Ritzville, Wash., helps farmers and others without agricultural backgrounds understand each other.

Researchers modifying yeast to turn ag residue into biofuel

- A Wisconsin company is looking at making biofuel from ag residues such as corn stover and wheat straw.

APHIS, researchers continue GE wheat probe

- The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service continues to analyze the recent discovery of genetically engineered wheat in a fallow field in Washington State.

Changing weather doesn’t help firefighters

- A roundup of the wildfires around the West.

Rancher billboards promote grazing, logging on public lands

- The Stevens County Cattlemen are putting up billboards to raise awareness of public lands issues.

Inslee, Bryant talk about rural economy during debate

- The candidates for Washington governor, Democratic incumbent Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Bill Bryant, debated issues including regulations and rural economies, in Spokane Aug. 17.

USDA projects Russia as top wheat exporter

- Russia is poised to ship a record amount of wheat and become the top exporter, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.

Aug. 31, Sept. 30 are key crop insurance deadlines

- The USDA Risk Management Agency advises Northwest farmers to be aware of several upcoming crop insurance deadlines.

Highly erodible CRP land eligible for initiative

- The Washington office of the USDA Farm Service Agency has changed the highly erodible land initiative rules to take on more CRP land coming out of the program.

Wheat farmer appointed to WSU board of regents

- Washtucna, Wash., farmer Brett Blankenship, a leader in the wheat industry, has been appointed to the Washington State University Board of Regents.

Falling number problems persist for Washington farmers

- Falling number problems continue to pester Washington wheat farmers. The Washington Grain Inspection Service's offices in Pasco, Spokane and Colfax are extending hours and days to meet demand for tests.

WSU associate dean departing for University of Illinois

- Kim Kidwell, associate dean of academic programs for Washington State University's College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, will become dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental S...

GE wheat appearance a mystery, experts say

- Experts ponder how genetically engineered wheat could have gotten into a fallow field.

South Korea lifts restrictions on U.S. wheat

- South Korea has resumed wheat purchases from the United States after implementing a validated test for genetically engineered wheat found in Washington state in June.

GE wheat discovery was reported June 14, APHIS says

- It took the USDA a month and a half to determine the GE wheat found in Washington was a Monsanto variety.

WSU licenses technology to fight cattle disease

- Washington State University is licensing a technology to develop cattle resistant to bovine respiratory disease.

WSU to hire faculty for gene-editing system

- Washington State University will soon begin looking for the first of several new faculty members to be part of new efforts to use CRISPER/Cas9 gene-editing to improve animal and plant offerings for producers.

Japan, S. Korea suspend U.S. wheat until new test in place

- USDA is investigating the discovery of genetically engineered wheat in a fallow Eastern Washington field.