Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

CHS Primeland has open house for its $18.5 million fertilizer facility

- CHS Primeland holds a grand opening for its $18.5 million new facility in Clarkston, Wash., slated to serve a 100-mile radius.

Breeder makes progress on new quinoa varieties

- Washington State University's breeder is advancing his quinoa variety development.

Twins head for high school rodeo nationals

- Prosser, Wash., twin sisters Kayden and Kylie Beaver will compete in National High School Rodeo finals in Gilette, Wyo., in July.

Elevators dock for too much protein in wheat

- Wheat farmers could see a price docking for protein levels above 10.5 to 11 percent for their crop, a rare occurrence, says Washington Grain Commission CEO Glen Squires.

WSU wheat breeders named Vogel chair

- Washington State University wheat breeders Arron Carter and Mike Pumphrey will share the Washington Grain Commission's Vogel Endowed Chair position for wheat breeding and genetics.

Latin American wheat buyers to meet in Portland

- A U.S. Wheat Associates meeting for key buyers overseas is in Portland June 22-23.

Grain industry touts reliability to Filipino editors

- Members of the Washington and U.S. wheat industry are showing newspaper editors from the Philippines why it makes sense for millers to use Pacific Northwest soft white wheat compared to alternatives from competing countries.

WSU leader: Cultivate curiosity about ag

- Kim Kidwell, executive associate dean Washington State University's College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, addressed the business community at Greater Spokane Inc.'s Good Morning Greater Spokane progr...

A family tradition of efficiency

- Stevens County Cattlemen's Association President Justin Hedrick, 29, partners with his grandfather, Len McIrvin, and uncle, Bill McIrvin, on the Diamond M Ranch in Laurier, Wash.

Open house showcases $19 million fertilizer facility

- CHS Primeland plan an open house for a $19 million fertilizer facility June 23 in Clarkston, Wash.

Diagnostic clinic covers disease, pest pressures

- Washington State University Extension specialist Steve Van Vleet offers a diagnostic clinic June 17 in Pullman, Wash.

New NAWG CEO plans to help wheat industry gear up for Farm Bill discussions

- Incoming National Association of Wheat Growers CEO Chandler Goule will move from the National Farmers Union to lead the wheat industry into the next Farm Bill.

Beef industry opens its doors to consumers

- The Washington Beef Commission takes customers on a tour of the industry.

Feedlot works to meet environmental, consumer demands

- Pasco, Wash., feedlot owner Cody Easterday speaks with tour members during the Washington Beef Commission tour.

WSU crop tour reviews weed needs

- A Washington State University field day in Pullman, Wash., covers weeds.

Spokane co-op begins malting local grains

- Spokane cooperative LINC Foods has launched a malting facility to tap into growing brewing interests locally.

Risk Management Agency exec touts whole farm revenue protection

- USDA Risk Management Agency Associate Administrator Tim Gannon visited the Pacific Northwest this week to talk about programs added by the 2014 Farm Bill.

Hoping to increase demand, commission turns to domestic market for western white wheat


SPOKANE — Washington state farmers export most of the western white wheat they produce.

Now, however, members of the Washington Grain Commission hope to market the blend of soft white wheat and club wheat to...

Lower prices mean cuts for grain commission budget


SPOKANE — Low wheat prices have prompted the Washington Grain Commission to reduce its annual budget by more than half a million dollars.

Commissioners on May 19 approved a $5.28 million budget for the fisca...

New buildings top WSU ag priorities for state funding


SPOKANE — Washington State University’s agriculture school considers two new buildings its top funding priorities when the state legislature goes into session next January, a top official says.

The un...

CIMMYT battles wheat blast outbreak in Bangladesh


An international wheat organization is working to support Bangladesh wheat farmers who are struggling with wheat blast.

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, or CIMMYT, based in El Batan, Mexico, es...

Owners investigating contamination at Freeman grain facility


The owners of a grain-handling facility that was named an EPA Superfund site last year for chemical contamination are working to find the source of the problem, a state official says.

Carbon tetrachloride and chlor...

New Washington FFA officers represent all parts of state


PULLMAN, Wash. — The new Washington FFA state officers represent all parts of the state, organization leaders say.

The new officers are president Alyssa McGee of Sumner, vice president Tye Taylor of Prosser,...

$2M grant benefits WSU, USDA breeding programs


Washington farmers will see better crop varieties even faster with the help of a $2 million grant, a Washington State University wheat breeder says.

The USDA recently awarded the university the grant through the Ag...

Wheat variety trial tours to focus on stripe rust, protein


The region’s wheat variety trial crop tour season kicks off May 25 with the Columbia County, Wash., Conservation tour and runs through July 14, wrapping up with tours in St. John and Lamont.

For the most par...

Washington tops in number of cattle slaughtered in region


Washington may have the fewest beef cattle in the Northwest, but most of the cattle in the region are slaughtered in the state, a Washington State University agricultural economist says.

According to the National A...

Washington beef cattle increase halts decades-long decline


Washington state’s beef cattle numbers increased this year for the first time since 1984 as ranchers joined their counterparts around the Pacific Northwest in growing their herds to take advantage of higher prices...

Workshop offers pruning tips to restore white pine


Forest owners and foresters will learn how to prune the white pine, once a plentiful tree species in Northern Idaho, during an upcoming University of Idaho Extension workshop.

The workshop will start at 9 a.m. June...

WSU, airport negotiate over land for runway changes


PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University and airport managers are negotiating the purchase of land used for agricultural research by the university.

The purchase impacts roughly 122 acres and 30 building...

Lawmakers question wolf collar data blackout for ranchers


Several Washington lawmakers are questioning a lack of wolf location data for ranchers during a key point in the season for both wolves and livestock.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife shares raw locat...

When it comes to wheat, it’s all about quality


RALSTON, Wash. — Mike Miller knelt in a field to inspect his wheat crop on a recent April morning.

After two years of drought followed by a wet winter, moisture levels in the field were near average, and an ...

More than 500 youths raise livestock for annual show


SPOKANE — For Brooklynn Phipps, the hardest part is not getting attached.

Phipps, a senior in Deer Park, Wash., High School, is showing two beef cattle to sell at the annual Junior Livestock Show of Spokane....

Shepherd’s Grain brings farmers, customers together


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REARDAN, Wash. — The best way for consumers to understand where their food comes from is by talking with the farmer who grows it, the head of Shepherd’s Grain says.

The Portland co...