Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

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.

Japan defers Western white wheat purchases until new test in place

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

Higher yields help dryland wheat farmers offset lower prices

- Dryland farmers in Eastern Washington are reporting above-average yields due to improved moisture.

Profanity Peak pack reaches three confirmed kills, three probable

- The Profanity Peak wolf pack in Eastern Washington is up to three confirmed livestock kills and three probable depredations. The state begins considering killing problem wolves in the pack at four confirmed kills.

Rural Washington county wants to recruit food processors

- An Eastern Washington county is conducting an industrial wastewater study to improve its ability to recruit food processing companies.

Stripe rust pressure ‘severe’ in Northwest wheat, expert says

- USDA researcher Xianming Chen says it's a severe year for stripe rust.

Rain, temperatures increase falling number concerns

- Weather conditions have USDA Agricultural Research Service research plant molecular geneticist Camille Steber concerned about falling number potential across the Pacific Northwest.

Wheat industry expect average protein levels in this year’s crop

- As harvest continues, Pacific Northwest farmers are worried about price discounts for high protein soft white wheat.

Vandals use fireworks to hassle goats

- An Edwall, Wash., sheep rancher says vandals let 240 of his goats out in Issaquah, Wash.

WSU shows off barley lines to farmers, maltsters

- Washington State University field day brings farmers, brewers and maltsters together to learn about future malting barley varieties.

Farmers, officials celebrate siphon gate milestone

- State officials heralded the first gate raising of the Lind-Coulee siphon complex near Warden, Wash.

St. John farm family honored for 60 years of variety trials

- The Mills family of St. John, Wash., received a plaque from Washington State University for offering land for variety trials for 60 years during a field day on Mac Mills' farm July 14.

Stevens County ranchers protest Profanity Peak wolf pack

- Stevens County Cattlemen say the wolf population needs to be reduced to stop depredations on ranches.

Wolves kill second NE Washington calf in a week

- Two calves have been killed by wolves in northwestern Washington state in the past week.

WSU field day will feature new malting barley varieties

- Washington State University will show off new malting barley varieties during a field day July 15.

Direct-seed farmers, Ecology formalize Farmed Smart certification

- The Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association and Washington Department of Ecology are signing an agreement on certification to provide farmers "safe harbor" from regulatory agencies this week.

Wolves in Colville Valley worry state wildlife managers

- Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is monitoring a situation in the Colville, Wash., area where several wolves are getting closer in proximity to humans.

Washington livestock compensation system ‘broken’

- Ranchers shared their frustrations with the compensation system for losses to wolves during the wolf advisory group meeting July 67- in Spokane Valley, Wash.

WSU, drone manufacturer team up for research

- Washington State University and commercial drone manufacturer DJI are teaming up for agriculture research.

Industry optimistic GMO labeling bill will pass U.S. Senate

- Industry members are optimistic the U.S. Senate and House will pass a bill that provides a uniform national standard for GMO labeling requirements, avoiding a patchwork of requirements from state to state.

California wheat commission names new executive director

- Claudia Carter is the new executive director of the California Wheat Commission. She started June 20.