Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

‘Big data’ panel will address farmer-generated info

- A panel discussion during the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum discusses who owns farmer information, and what should be done with it.

Photo contest winners capture life in the country

- The Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum highlights agriculture in the region with its annual photo contest.

Drier winters in store for region, weatherman predicts

- Weatherman Art Douglas returns to the Spokane Ag Expo. A changing weather pattern suggests drier winters, Douglas says.

Expo visitors help food drive ‘dump’ hunger

- Western States Equipment's annual Dump Hunger food drive returns to the Spokane Ag Expo this year. The company hopes to collect seven dump truck loads of food, or roughly 525,000 pounds of food.

AgriBusiness Council supports growth of agriculture

- The AgriBusiness Council strives to ensure the greater Spokane business community is aware of and supports agriculture when it comes to key issues, council chairman Jay Allert says.

Award honors agriculture’s supporters

- The Greater Spokane Chamber Incorporated awards agribusiness leaders with an Excellence in Agriculture Award.

Dedicated volunteers keep Ag Expo running smoothly

- Longtime Spokane Ag Expo volunteers Bill Nelson and Sybil Tresch are among the many people who work behind the scenes to make sure the annual event runs smoothly.

FFA speaker will outline career opportunities in precision ag

- Washington State University senior instructor James Durfey underlines the opportunities for students to find careers with precision agriculture during the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.

Uncertainty to keep wheat prices trending upward, expert says

- Farm Direction president and founder Kevin Van Trump returns to deliver his economic forecast to the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.

Career fair highlights options for students

- The Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum includes a career fair for high school students on Thursday, Feb. 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Potato leaders address port slowdown impacts

- National and state potato industry representatives addressed impacts of the West Coast port slowdown and other issues during the Washington-Oregon Potato Conference in Kennewick, Wash.

Forester teaches tree owners management

- University of Idaho Extension forester Chris Schnepf, based in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, makes sure family forest owners get the knowledge they need to make decisions about their land management.

Teams show off potato peeling skills

- The Washington-Oregon Potato Conference kicked off its Jan. 27-29 run in Kennewick, Wash., with the first annual potato peel-off.

‘Dryland’ makes waves across region

- The agriculture-themed documentary, "Dryland," about two Lind, Wash., farmers coming of age, screens Feb. 6 at the Spokane International Film Festival. That's one of the latest stops for the film around the Pacific Northwest.

CPOW founder assumes presidency

- Moses Lake, Wash., rancher Lee Englehardt, a founder of the Cattle Producers of Washington, has returned to the group as its president.

Proximity to biodiesel plant not crucial, WSU economist says

- Washington State University economist Randy Fortenbery addresses the economic demand for oilseed crops and biodiesel.

WSU professor seeks GMO conversation

- Michael Neff, director of Washington State University's molecular plant sciences graduate program, believes in spreading the scientific evidence about genetically modified organisms, and continuing to have productive conver...

WSU revives its forestry major

- Washington State University is reviving its forestry major after budget reductions in 2011. Students will be admitted to the forestry major program beginning this fall.

Silzel helps guide chamber’s ag policy

- Longtime farmer and agricultural proponent Jack Silzel helps Spokane's chamber of commerce, Greater Spokane Incorporated, get the agenda for public policy with regard to agriculture issues.

Hutterian Brethren farm featured for winter tour

- Eastern Washington haygrowers will tour the Spokane Hutterian Brethren's farm Feb. 7.

New league chairman sees water project urgency

- The new chairman of the Columbia Basin Development League, farmer Orman Johnson, is impacted by declining water levels in the Odessa area aquifer.

Water, virus issues top potato conference agenda

- Nearly 1,800 people are expected to attend the Washington Oregon Potato Conference Jan. 27-29 in Kennewick, Wash.

Washington reps look to keep daylight savings hours

- Washington Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, is proposing that the state remain in daylight savings time as a health benefit to residents. HJM Bill 4001 is scheduled for a public hearing be held in Olympia Jan. 22.

New members join Washington Grain Commission

- Damon Filan of Tri-Cities Grain and farmers Mike Eagle and Eddie Johnson join the Washington Grain Commission.

Idaho drone company first to receive ag exemption

- A new Pacific Northwest consortium is the first to receive an FAA exemption to use unmanned aerial vehicles in agricultural production.

Biodiesel plant owner looks for experienced operators

- The Odessa Public Development Authority in Odessa, Wash., is still looking for a tenant to take over its biodiesel plant.

Nutritionist studies which wheat children prefer

- Nutritionist Samantha Ramsay will host an Idaho Wheat Commission webinar Jan. 13 about her research into identifying preferences for hard white winter wheat and hard red winter wheat in young children.

Washington’s wildlife director reviews his tenure

- Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife director Phil Anderson will depart Jan. 31 after six years. Anderson tells the Capital Press he's proud of the department's focus on conservation, disappointed that the department ...

Court clears way for Snake River dredging

- Dredging of the lower Snake River will begin next week after a federal judge ruling that allows the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to proceed.

Coalition seeks funds to study rail interchange improvements

- A coalition of legislators and city officials hopes to raise funding to study improvements needed for a reconfigured rail interchange in Connell, Wash.

Spokane group uses billboards to take stand on wolves

- A Spokane-based group is trying to address wolf management.

Washington implementing animal traceability rules

- The state of Washington is implementing rule changes as part of its new system to trace livestock in the event of a disease outbreak. Representatives of the livestock and dairy industry support the moves.

Kretz: Fire management concerns growing

- State legislators hold a meeting in Brewster, Wash., Jan. 5 to address concerns over future forest fire management. Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, says management may need to come from a more local level.

Wash. potato growers OK deal with Lamb Weston

- Eastern Washington potato farmers have signed a contract with Lamb Weston for the 2015 crop year. Potato Growers of Washington executive director Dale Lathim expects to meet with additional companies in January.

Sheep producer ponders wolf impacts

- Lamont, Wash., sheep producer and Whitman County commissioner Art Swannack estimates roughly $5,000-$6,000 in losses to his operation due to recent wolf kills. Swannack is concerned about potential impacts to his farm and h...

RMA announces pulse crop harvest prices

- The USDA Risk Management Agency has announced harvest prices for peas, part of the pilot program available in the Pacific Northwest. U.S. Dry Pea and Lentil Council CEO Tim McGreevy hopes to see the program continue beyond ...

Pasta organization battles anti-wheat messages

- An international pasta organization is combatting anti-wheat messages across the globe, but particularly in the United States.

Lentil industry honors longtime processor

- Longtime pulse processor Gary Heaton and his wife, Salli, of Tekoa, Wash., have been named 2015's Lentil Family of the Year.

Malting barley association announces recommendations

- The American Malting Barley Association has released its recommended varieties for 2015, including a new winter malting barley.

Ex-employee of Whitgro pleads guilty, to be sentenced in January

- A former Whitgro employee will be sentenced next month after pleading guilty to stealing more than $300,000 from the Whitman County, Wash., grain company.

Researcher warns of soil compaction effects

- Heavier equipment means soil compaction that can affect crop yield, says University of Idaho soil scientist John Hammel. Farmers need to start thinking about how to address the issue.

Action needed soon on immigration, McMorris Rodgers says

- Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., says immigration solutions must come early next year,

Wimmer is new president for Far West

- Tom Wimmer, business manager with Marion Ag Service, Inc., in St. Paul, Ore., is the new president of the Far West Agribusiness Association.

Stronger dollar puts pressure on ag export markets

- A stronger U.S. dollar in comparison to other international currency typically means higher prices and impacts export traffic, but reduces input costs like fuel and fertilizer, experts say.

First wolf attack reported in Whitman County

- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife hopes to collar wolves and is reaching out to ranchers in the Lamont, Wash., area after a four-and-a-half-year-old ewe was killed Dec. 5

AgForestry Foundation president to retire in summer 2015

- Longtime Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation president Dave Roseleip has announced he will retire in July 2015. The foundation hopes to bring on a replacement director in the spring before Roseleip ret...

Researcher: Killing wolves can increase livestock conflicts

- Washington State University wolf researcher Robert Wielgus has released a report that killing wolves leads to increased depredations.

Wheat Academy digs deeper into science

- Washington State University Extension's first Wheat Academy is waiting-list only. Weed science researcher Drew Lyon says the university is exploring ways to reach more farmers.