Matthew Weaver

Washington/Idaho Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

Ag coalition asks judge to halt Prop 65 glyphosate listing

- Proposition 65 listing is based on factually incorrect information, the plaintiffs argue.

Wheat industry increases push to convince Trump administration to re-enter TPP

- U.S. wheat industry representatives will reach out to Trump administration officials to outline why re-entering TPP would avoid loss of market share in Japan, the largest and most valuable market for the industry.

Computer programmer creates future of small farming

- Athol, Idaho, farmer Luke Black hopes to develop artificial intelligence that will help manage his small farm.

Illinois wheat organization joins NAWG

- Illinois joins 20 other states that belong to the National Association of Wheat Growers.

Trump budget would make crop insurance unaffordable for many, ag industry says

- President Donald Trump’s proposed budget reduces crop insurance subsidies to the point where it would be unaffordable for “many, if not most” wheat farmers, says Chandler Goule, CEO of the National Asso...

New UI Extension course helps landowners manage small, rural acreage

- A new University of Idaho Extension course, March 16 in Sandpoint and March 17 in Hayden, helps new landowners learn how to manage small, rural acreage.

Wheat industry seeks to re-enter TPP

- The U.S. wheat industry is asking President Donald Trump to re-enter the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

New Spokane Ag Expo director looks to continue show’s success

- Heather Hamlin will take over the Spokane Ag Expo and agribusiness at Greater Spokane Inc.

Oregon wheat farmer joins U.S. Wheat leadership

- Grass Valley, Ore., farmer Darren Padget will join the U.S. Wheat Associates leadership during its meeting in Seattle in June. Trade issues like the TPP and NAFTA are top priorities, Padget says.

Spokane Ag Expo honors Riddle, Dashiell, Goldendale FFA

- The winners of this year’s Excellence in Agriculture Awards at the Spokane Ag Expo and Farm Forum work to improve life for farmers and their communities.

Rodeo champion offers message of inspiration to FFA members

- Amberley Snyder spoke about facing challenges and new triumphs after a truck accident left her paralyzed.

Dry conditions in the Plains could boost wheat prices

- Marketing analyst Mike Krueger says commodity prices no longer have middle ground. They are either high or low.

Roy Chung: Selling U.S. wheat with sincerity

- Roy Chung, with U.S. Wheat Associates, is a primary player in getting overseas customers to purchase wheat grown by farmers in the United States and Pacific Northwest.

West will be warm, dry this spring, weather expert predicts

- Popular Spokane Ag Expo speaker Art Douglas predicts a warm, dry Pacific Northwest after March.

Pulse industry asks federal government to purchase excess stocks

- The U.S. pulse industry is asking the federal government to purchase excess stocks after India, the largest global producer and consumer of pulses, imposed a significant tariff in late 2017. Prices are down by to 2 to 3 cen...

R-CALF CEO: Trump was right to withdraw from TPP

- R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard says President Donald Trump was right to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. R-CALF supports bilateral agreements that will benefit U.S. ranchers and correct existing imbalances, he says.

WSDA determining effects of TPP without U.S.

- Washington’s agriculture department is weighing the ramifications for commodities of the Trans-Pacific Partnership proceeding without the United States, says the agency’s top official.

Wheat industry weighs next moves on TPP

- The U.S. wheat industry will discuss its next moves on the Trans-Pacific Partnership at the winter meetings in Washington,D.C.

Internship to pair beginning, experienced farmers

- Experienced farmers will mentor beginners in a program from Washington State University’s Spokane County Extension and Spokane Conservation District.

U.S. must rejoin TPP, ag policy expert says

- President Donald Trump is likely “stunned” that the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal went ahead without the U.S., says Barry Flinchbaugh, professor emeritus at Kansas State University. Flinchbaugh hopes Trump wi...

WSU workshop helps growers address soil acidity

- The workshop is intended to cover why soils are become more acidic and management practices and strategies for countering the problem.

Processing expansion impacts demand for PNW spuds

- The Northwest potato industry wants to increase average yields by 10 tons per acre in the next two decades, says Chris Voigt, executive director of the Washington State Potato Commission.

Oregon ag director marks one-year milestone

- The Oregon Department of Agriculture director visited all of the counties in the state before hitting the one-year mark in her job. Priorities include reaching out to youths about job opportunities and providing a “c...

Potato lobbyist looks to key congressional topics in year ahead

- Electronic logging devices for truckers, immigration and “must-pass” bills are items the potato industry is watching closely, says Kam Quarles, vice president of public policy for the National Potato Council.

Plant under construction to turn wheat straw into pulp

- A new plant that will buy wheat straw for pulping in Starbuck, Wash., is slated to open mid-fall. The plant expects to use 250,000 tons of wheat straw, CEO John Begley said.

Zebra chip control costs NW growers nearly $11 million each year

- Zebra chip costs major potato-growing areas nearly $11 million each year, said Gina Greenway, business and accounting assistant professor at the College of Idaho.

Motivational speaker returns to talk to FFA members

- FFA speaker Amberley Snyder returns to Spokane Ag Expo after weather canceled the majority of her visit last year.

Popular weatherman keeps an eye on sunspots

- Weatherman Art Douglas returns to Spokane Ag Expo. One of the things he talks about is sunspots.

Excellence in Ag award recognizes achievements

- The Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum recognizes leaders in the industry with the Excellence in Agriculture Award.

McMorris Rodgers offers farm bill listening session

- Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers holds a listening session about the Farm Bill Thursday morning during the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.

Career Fair offers opportunities for students

- The Career Fair offers students a chance to see the many opportunities that are available and start thinking about their future.

Market expert looks into future of wheat prices

- Economist Mike Krueger will speak to farmers at the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.

Youth art shows ag from their perspective

- Artwork from area youths showing agriculture life will be on display at the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.

Photographers show world of ag

- Winners of the annual photo contest at the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.

After 30 years, Expo director nears retirement

- Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum Director Myrna O'Leary kept the annual event running for 30 years. She is slated to retire at the end of March.

First aid instructor returns to Expo

- Mark Lidbeck returns to the Spokane Ag Expo to teach first aid.

Longtime volunteer keeps machinery moving

- Longtime volunteer Brad Hoyt enjoys directing equipment in and out of the Spokane Ag Expo.

Beer, wine garden added for first time

- The Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum adds a beer and wine garden to the event this year.

Winter wheat seedings up slightly in NW, down slightly across U.S.

- Winter wheat seeding acres are up slightly in the Northwest, but down slightly across the United States, according to the USDA. Prices need to strengthen, said Glen Squires, CEO of the Washington Grain Commission.

New TPP deal puts U.S. wheat farmers at tariff disadvantage

- A new Trans-Pacific Partnership deal would put U.S. wheat farmers at a $200 million disadvantage each year, according to the U.S. Wheat Associates and National Association of Wheat Growers, in a joint statement.

Washington agriculture happy with WSU ag dean

- Washington agricultural leaders say they’re “tickled” by the hiring of André-Denis Wright as the new dean of Washington State University’s College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource...

USDA website chronicles stem rust battle

- The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has a new website about protecting cereal grains from stem rust that includes historic data from the federal eradication program.

Exhibitors line up for Washington-Oregon potato conference

- The Washington-Oregon Potato Conference Jan. 23-25 in Kennewick, Wash., will focus on growers.

WSU relocates orchard to Spillman Farm

- As part of a land purchase agreement with the local airport, Washington State University will move its Tukey Horticulture Orchard to the Spillman Agronomy Farm by Sept. 30.

New dean named for WSU’s agricultural college

- André-Denis Wright, currently director of the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences at the University of Arizona, will begin his duties June 1.

Stripe rust forecast low, but that could change

- Xianming Chen’s current forecast calls for low stripe rust impacts, but the USDA Agricultural Research Service plant pathologist warns that the picture could change by the next report in March.

Malting barley association names 2018 recommended varieties

- The American Malting Barley Association has released its list of recommended varieties for the 2018 crop year. U.S. acres typically range from 2 million to 2.5 million.

Whitgro to merge with Northwest Grain Growers

- Whitgro Inc. will merge into Northwest Grain Growers May 1. NWGG general manager Chris Peha said the move will allow the company the flexibility to ship grain by both rail and barge.

Economist: Mergers can benefit farmers

- Recent grain company mergers in Eastern Washington can benefit growers, an economist says.

Cold snap underlines need for adequate crop insurance, NAWG leader says

- National Association of Wheat Growers president Gordon Stoner expects movement on the House version of a new farm bill in late January or February, and on the Senate’s version by the summer.