Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

Tight supply to bolster soft white wheat prices

- Wheat marketing experts say tight soft white wheat supplies will keep prices in the $7 per bushel range, then possibly increase in the spring.

Celebrated weatherman: Dry winter, wet spring

- Weatherman Art Douglas, a popular speaker at the Spokane Ag Expo each year, says El Nino may have a dry winter but a wet spring in store for farmers in the West, and may help California farmers facing drought.

Johnson, Zwainz depart grain commission

- Washington farmers Hal Johnson and Tom Zwainz are departing the Washington Grain Commission at the end of the year.

New WAWG president seeks to preserve farm tax exemptions

- New Washington Association of Wheat Growers president Larry Cochran, a Colfax, Wash., farmer, hopes to preserve key tax exemptions for growers during his coming term.

Co-ops herald HighLine groundbreaking

- A new roughly $30 million grain shuttle-loading facility broke ground last week near Medical Lake, Wash. The new facility is expected to be operational in December 2015.

Port slowdown hobbles Washington potato industry

- The slowdown at the Port of Seattle ishurting the Washington potato industry. Washington Potato Commission executive director Chris Voigt says the president needs to step in by next week if the two sides can't come to an ag...

New cattlemen president looks to speed up problem wolf handling

- Ephrata, Wash., rancher Bill Sieverkropp is the new president of the Washington Cattlemen's Association. Sieverkropp lists quick resolutions of problem wolves among his priorities for the state's cattle industry.

Cattlemen ponder future of their livelihoods with wolves

- Washington cattlemen wonder what's in store for them next spring with regard to wolves and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's game plan to manage wolf-livestock conflicts.

Wash. animal disease traceability system on track

- The Washington State Department of Agriculture is on track to implement a modernized animal traceability system by July 2015. The department is proposing several new rules, including the elimination of a 15-animal dairy exe...

Trade pact aims to level the playing field

- Trans-Pacific Partnership trade discussions could level the playing field for United States agricultural exports like wheat and apples grown in the Pacific Northwest, industry representatives say.

Cattlemen call for more Ecology transparency

- Washington Cattlemen's Association is proposing changes to the state Department of Ecology to boost transparency in water regulations.

WSU Extension fills key livestock position

- Washington State University Extension has filled a key livestock position in Eastern Washington. Paul Kuber will return to the Northwest in February from Ohio State University.

Ecology changing watershed evaluation process

- The Washington Department of Ecology recently presented possible changes to the way it evaluates watersheds for pollution.

Cold snap brings sneak peek at winter weather

- Lower than normal temperatures are on the horizon, says Washington State University agricultural meteorologist Nic Loyd.

Funding to finish East Low Canal a ‘rough pull’

- Finding funding to continue development of the East Low Canal in Eastern Washington will be tough, says Mike Schwisow, director of government relations with the Columbia Basin Development League. The league emphasized partn...

Cattlemen’s agenda includes wolves, other hot topics

- The Washington Cattlemen's Association will include hot topics such as wolves and water quality management during its meeting Nov. 12-14 in Spokane.

New CPOW president: Put wolf management in ranchers’ hands

- Lynden, Wash. rancher Todd Kelsey is the new president of the Cattle Producers of Washington. Kelsey's priorities include reaching out to the public and finding a wolf management option that will work for ranchers.

Western students earn high marks at FFA nationals

- How Pacific Northwest and California FFA members fared at the national conference and expo in Louisville, Ky.

Increased beef demand will keep prices high, economist says

- Speakers addressed economic issues at the Cattle Producers of Washington annual meeting. JBS Beef Three Rivers Ranch CEO Mike Thoren advised looking at the global market, while James Robb with the Livestock Information Mark...

Spokane business leaders tour WSU ag programs

- Members of Greater Spokane Inc. attended the annual tour of Washington State University's agricultural programs in Pullman, Wash.

Researcher tackles falling number questions

- USDA Agricultural Research Service molecular geneticist Camille Steber is working to identify which wheat varietiesare susceptible to falling number problems.

WSU seeks federal approval for UAV ag research

- Washington State University is waiting for federal regulations to allow research of unmanned aerial vehicles in agricultural research says Ralph Cavalieri, associate vice president for alternative energy.

Odessa irrigation update to be featured at CBDL meeting

- The Columbia Basin Development League holds its annual meeting in Moses Lake, Wash. Nov. 6.

Washington Grain Commission assessments will drop by 48 percent

- The Washington Grain Commission will receive about $4 million in assessements this year because of a smaller crop and lower prices, says CEO Glen Squires.That's down from about $7.6 million last year.

Federal government collecting info for Columbia River Treaty

- The U.S. entity responsible for recommendations on the Columbia River Treaty between the United States and Canada is collecting information and awaiting further direction from the U.S. Department of State.

Sheep rancher ponders future after wolf attacks

- Rancher Dave Dashiell moved his flock of sheep from near the Huckleberry wolf pack earlier this summer after dozens were killed and others went missing. Now he's uncertain what his next moves will be following the winter.

CPOW plans 10th annual meeting

- The Cattle Producers of Washington hold their annual meeting Oct. 31 in Airway Heights, Wash.

Ranchers question value of wolf study

- Washington State University large carnivore laboratory director Rob Wielgus hopes more ranchers will cooperate with his study into wolf and livestock conflicts. But regional ranchers are questioning the value of his researc...

Conference focuses on small farms

- Spokane's small farms conference returns, called Farm-A-Palouse-A, Nov. 1. The annual event doubled its offerings in effort to convey information to small farmers, says Spokane Conservation District outreach specialist Eric...

FSA helps farmers understand new risk management tools

- Farmers will want to learn more about new USDA Farm Service Agency insurance programs in the weeks ahead, says Judy Olson, executive director of the Washington office.

Speaker to address future of forest fires

- Washington forest fires need better management, says wildlife resources speaker John Marshall, who will speak Oct. 22 in Colville, Wash.

Conference to address Columbia River issues

- The Columbia River Basin Conference meets to discuss various uses on the Columbia River system Oct. 21-23 in Spokane.

UI course helps forest owners formulate plans

- University of Idaho Extension offers a six-session evening short course to help forest landowners develop management plans.

Researchers study dung beetle role in cleaning up soil pathogens

- Washington State University doctoral student Matt Jones is looking for several farmers to help determine which farming practices are supporting dung beetle populations.

Ranchers vent frustrations over wolf management

- Eastern Washington ranchers say the state isn't doing enough to prevent wolf attacks on livestock.

Grain co-ops building shuttle-loading rail facility

- Five grain co-ops in Eastern Washington are building a shuttle-loading facility to keep railroad rates competitive, says Highline Grain LLC CEO Kevin Whitehall. Construction could begin shortly, and the facility is expected...

End of Brazilian cotton trade dispute good news for wheat

- The U.S. wheat industry welcomes settlement of a cotton trade dispute between the United States and Brazil in the World Trade Organization. The settlement means Brazil gives up its rights to countermeasure tariffs against U...

Virus can compromise late blight resistance in potatoes

- Researchers report that a common potato virus not known for causing damage in the Pacific Northwest helps break down resistance to the disease late blight.

Otto has popular debut in Washington wheat variety survey

- A new Washington State University soft white winter wheat variety leaped to the top four varieties planted by the state's wheat farmers in 2014, according to a survey.

Weather cuts into Washington wheat crop

- A cold winter and severely dry conditions shrank wheat production in Washington State, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service says. Overall winter wheat production was down 19 percent in the Pacific Northwest.

Researchers find barley ‘defense’ genes

- Washington State University barley researchers say they've found how specific genes work to defend against aging and stressors. WSU assistant research professor Sachin Rustgi says the discovery will help breed barley variet...

State plans meeting on NE Washington wolf management

- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will discuss wolf management during a meeting Oct. 7 in Colville, Wash.