Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

Study: Washington potatoes net state $7.42B annually

- A study from the Washington State Potato Commission finds that the industry's total annual economic output is $7.42 billion.

Judge rules against environmentalists on Snake River dredging

- The Pacific Northwest Waterways Association is hailing a U.S. District Court judge's ruling in Seattle against arguments that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers didn't take the proper precautions when dredging the Lower Snake...

Spokane chamber honors Shepherd’s Grain, LaCrosse FFA

- Shepherd's Grain and Lacrosse, Wash., FFA's marketing team took home top honors during the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.

Turnbull refuge reopens after weekend closure

- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service closed Turnbull National Refuge in Cheney, Wash., during the weekend of Feb. 6-7 out of "an abundance of caution."

FFA members focus on future at career fair

- Washington FFA members check out possible career options during the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.

Peterson Brothers offer ag advocacy farmer-style

- The Peterson Farm Brothers spoke and performed at the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum Feb. 3-4. The brothers post agriculture-themed parodies of popular songs.

Low wheat prices to continue, economist says

- Washington State University small grains economist Randy Fortenbery says wheat and beef prices aren't likely to recover to higher levels in the next few years due to large global supplies. Farmers will have to be more conse...

Douglas offers alternative viewpoint on global warming

- Aweather expert says other factors must also be considered when studying global warming.

Weatherman: Warmer, wetter spring and summer ahead

- Art Douglas of Creighton University and a fixture at the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum, predicts warmer and wetter weather for the region in the coming months.

Ug99 battle progresses, wheat expert says

- CIMMYT researcher Ravi Singh will be in the United States to be recognized as a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancedment of Science in Washington, D.C., for his work in wheat genetics, pathology and breeding.

Potato industry works to regain ground after port losses

- State and national leaders talked about the potato industry's priorities during the Washington-Oregon Potato Conference in Kennewick, Wash.

Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum highlight Ag Week

- The week of the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum is also Ag Week in Spokane.

Career fair spotlights ag opportunities for youth

- The Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum reaches out to area youth with its annual career fair.

Peterson Brothers tell their story in music

- The Peterson Brothers, who have made agriculture-themed covers of popular songs, will speak to FFA members during the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.

Cattlemen to discuss hot topics over barbecue

- Washington Cattlemen's Association offers a barbecue during the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.

AgriBusiness Council continues to support industry

- The Spokane AgriBusiness Council works to target priorities for the region's agriculture industry.

Popular meteorologist Art Douglas offers his take on El Nino

- Weatherman Art Douglas will offer his forecast at the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.

WSU professor to peer into future of markets

- Washington State University small grains economist Randy Fortenbery will give an economic outlook during the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.

Excellence award honors ag’s finest

- The Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum will honor excellence in agriculture with its annual award.

Photos capture farm life

- Local photographers capture agricultural life in the Inland Northwest for the Spokane Ag Expo's annual contest.

Landowner scares off wolves that had surrounded dog

- Members of the Dirty Shirt wolf pack came into conflict with dogs northeast of Chewelah, Wash., according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Author talks about how bacon became a superstar

- Food trends author David Sax delivered the keynote address at the Washington-Oregon Potato Conference in Kennewick, Wash.

Practice makes perfect in potato peeling contest

- Six teams of three from the Northwest potato industry competed in the second annual potato peeling contest at the Washington-Oregon Potato Conference in Kennewick, Wash.

Onion, cabbage insurance deadline Feb. 1

- The Feb. 1 crop insurance deadline is fast approaching for onion and cabbage growers in the Pacific Northwest, the USDA Risk Management Agency says.

‘Living snow fence’ shows promise for E. Washington

- Washington State University recently released an extension bulletin about a decade-long "living snow fence" acting as a windbreak north of Davenport, Wash.

Conference covers value, future of co-ops

- The Northwest Cooperative Development Center's Cultivating Cooperative Roots Conference is Feb. 5-7 in Spokane. Keynote speaker David Thompson will talk about the future of cooperatives Feb. 6.

WSU probe finds anaerobic digester researcher manufactured data

- A Washington State University investigation found a WSU assistant professor studying anaerobic digesters falsified information and failed to disclose a conflict of interest in a published journal article.

Potato conference will boast record number of exhibitors

- The Washington-Oregon Potato Conference will move machinery outside to make room for more exhibitors when it opens Jan. 26-28 in Kennewick, Wash.

Forest service agencies exchange updates

- Agencies who help forest landowners met Jan. 14 in Spokane to exchange news about their programs with one another and consulting foresters.

Pacific Northwest stripe rust outlook ‘moderate’

- An early application of fungicide to ward off stripe rust may not be necessary, USDA Agricultural Research Service research geneticist Xianming Chen says.

Food meetings bring farmers, community together

- Events in Moscow, Idaho, and Pullman, Wash., areas offer networking opportunities for farmers.

Potato-peeling contest returns for second year

- The Washington-Oregon Potato Conference's potato peeling contest returns for a second year.

Coeur d’Alene haystack arson investigated

- Officials in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, are investigating a haystack fire caused by arson.

Ecology cancels Eastern Washington water quality meetings

- The Washington Department of Ecology has canceled three meetings slated for Eastern Washington at the end of January, citing low response to its offers of assistance.

Swine Information Day updates producers on antibiotic rule changes

- Washington State University's Swine Information Day Feb. 5 in Moses Lake, Wash., will keep producers informed of changes in their industry.

Dryland workshop looks at science behind precision ag

- Washington State University Extension workshop in Walla Walla, Wash., offers an advanced look at topics in agronomy and soil science.

Wilson Creek grain elevator fire under investigation

- Grant County deputy fire marshals are investigating a Jan. 2 fire at a 100-foot Wilson Creek, Wash. grain elevator.

Direct seed conference covers soil, UAVs

- The Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association covers hot topics in soil management during its annual conference Jan. 12-13 in Kennewick, Wash.

Researcher aims at developing ‘celiac-safe’ wheat

- Kansas researcher Chris Miller is working with the Kansas Wheat Commission on celiac-safe wheat.

U.S. Wheat applauds WTO end to export subsidies

- U.S. Wheat Associates welcomes the World Trade Organization's elimination of export subsidies, but has concerns about moves that could threaten equal trade.

‘Cyber breeder’ improves wheat varieties

- Washington State University statistical genomics professor Zhiwu Zhang considers himself a "cyber breeder" of wheat.

AgriBusiness Council has long history

- The Spokane AgriBusiness Councill has had a big impact on the community and its economy.

Bulging global wheat supply, strong dollar impact U.S. growers

- U.S. Wheat Associates talks about the global wheat supply and its effect on prices.

Mielke named CEO of Spokane chamber of commerce

- Todd Mielke is the new CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated.

UI Extension course helps new farmers

- University of Idaho Extension will offer a five-session series to help beginning farmers starting Jan. 14.