Matthew Weaver

Washington/Idaho Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

Washington festival increases asparagus awareness

- Asparagus Fest and Brews hopes to educate the public about Washington’s asparagus season, typically from April 1 to mid-June.

Taiwan makes first purchase of western white wheat in three years

- The Asian nation recently purchased the blend of soft white wheat and club wheat after three years of purchasing only soft white wheat.

Northwest ports seek federal funding for maintenance

- Kristin Meira, executive director of the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, says the maintenance helps keep U.S. exports competitive overseas.

Ramaswamy to oversee Northwest colleges, universities

- National Institute of Food and Agriculture director Sonny Ramaswamy’s six-year term ends May 5. He will next be president and CEO of the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities, residing in Seattle.

Asparagus farmers balance bigger yields, higher costs

- Washington asparagus farmers have to balance labor and seed costs with bigger yields and higher prices. The industry won’t feel the effects of paid sick leave until next year, says farmer Gary Larsen, chairman of the...

Trump’s farm aid idea gets thumbs-down from pro-trade group

- A farm aid package considered by the Trump administration is “an ineffective Band-Aid” on a “self-inflicted wound,” the Farmers For Free Trade coalition says.

Western Innovator: A new market for landrace grains

- Palouse Heritage co-founder Don Scheuerman is working to bring ancient grains to urban customers.

Conservation district to Hangman Creek farmers: Tell your story

- Spokane Conservation District staffers met with farmers in the watershed to offer help and advice on addressing water quality.

Trump tells trade rep to look into rejoining TPP

- President “deputizes” U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer and economic adviser Larry Kudlow to look into the U.S. rejoining the trade deal.

More interest expected in dark northern spring wheat

- Farmers likely have locked in their dark northern spring wheat seed for spring planting. That’s a good thing, says Dana Herron, Washington Grain Commission board member, because seed supplies are getting “awfu...

Students of all ages find this school a shear delight

- Participants say taking the class confirms their desire to learn more.

Unbearable damage: Foresters look to protect trees from black bears

- Forest stewards hoping to establish beneficial tree species in the Priest Lake region of northern Idaho are finding their efforts thwarted by black bears.

Washington asparagus farmers gearing up for harvest

- Washington’s asparagus harvest is about to kick off in the next few weeks. Gary Larsen, chairman of the state asparagus commission, is hoping for higher yields and prices.

Start scouting fields for stripe rust, agronomist says

- Wheat farmers should be scouting their fields for stripe rust, says a longtime agronomy service representative.

Congress funds falling number wheat research

- Wheat farmers and researchers met with members of Congress to emphasize the importance of federal funding for research.

Dates set for this year’s ‘Cowgirl Camps’

- Signup is underway for this year’s “Cowgirl Camps” for women and the New Rancher Camp for men and women. The five-day intensive courses are designed to inspire confidence in participants’ ability...

Ecology to increase surveillance of Hangman Creek

- The Spokane Conservation District will hold a meeting April 12 in Fairfield, Wash., to update farmers and ranchers on the Washington Department of Ecology’s next actions following a lawsuit settlement over Hangman Cr...

Nozzle pressure permits for restricted herbicides renewed in E. Washington

- New rule changes for use restricted herbicides have not yet gone into effect, cautions a Washington State University weed science professor. All Eastern Washington applicators and operators with current, valid licenses were...

Wheat prices may increase but not much, economist says

- Wheat prices will stay in a relatively low range despite lower grain stocks, says Randy Fortenbery, small grains economist at Washington State University.

WSU creamery increasing production capacity

- Washington State University’s creamery plans to increase production over the next few years to keep up with growing demand.

Long waiting list for sheep shearing school

- The Washington State Shearing School April 2-7 in Moses Lake, filled up in one day and has a waiting list of 60 people. A second session is contemplated for later in the year.

Q&A: Trump trade tactics concern McMorris Rodgers

- Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers tells the Capital Press she believes remaining at the negotiating table would have been the best course of action for the U.S. in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Documentary will tell the stories of female farmers

- Filmmakers are raising funds for a documentary project to tell the untold story of past and contemporary female farmers.

Canola growers compare notes on crop

- Washington State University held a short-notice “Stop and Talk” for canola growers March 15 in Ritzville to talk about plant survival emerging from winter.

Sowers serves as canola association executive director

- Washington State University oilseeds specialist will lead the new Pacific Northwest Canola Association until a full-time executive director is hired.

Judge hears arguments in ranchers’ label lawsuit

- A U.S. district judge is reviewing cattle ranchers’ arguments in favor of requiring foreign beef and pork imports to retain their original labels when reaching consumers.

Bill clarifies crop improvement association funding

- Washington Senate Bill 6278, currently on Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk, provides a temporary agreement between the state Department of Agriculture and the Washington Crop Improvement Association with language that clarifie...

Wheat leaders talk about next steps on trade

- U.S. Wheat Associates Chairman Mike Miller sand Washington Grain Commission CEO Glen Squires spoke about next steps on trade following a commission board meeting in Spokane.

U.S. Wheat: ‘Slight possibility’ U.S. could re-enter TPP

- Ben Conner, vice president of policy for U.S. Wheat Associates, says the industry must continue to put pressure on the administration.

Wheat farmers anticipate impacts of TPP without U.S.

- The Trans-Pacific Partnership is slated to be signed March 8 in Chile, without the United States. U.S. wheat farmers fear the impact could be similar to a frog slowly boiling in hot water.

New Washington FFA Foundation exec looks to create more ag partnerships

- The new executive director of the Washington FFA Foundation will work “tirelessly” to ensure Washington FFA and agriculture education are represented and supported by the state’s agriculture industry, F...

Industry welcomes new ag trade negotiator

- Members of the U.S. agriculture industry are hopeful recently confirmed chief agricultural negotiator Gregg Doud will address key trade issues.

WSU returns grant funds following auditor’s report

- Washington State University says it has reversed unallowable charges to two grants.

Russia may focus more wheat sales in its own ‘backyard’

- Increasing freight costs and competition for land from other crops may mean Russia will focus sales closer to home, Vince Peterson, president of U.S. Wheat Associates, says.

Washington wheat farmer new NAWG secretary

- Paterson, Wash., wheat farmer Nicole Berg will go through leadership positions of the National Association of Wheat Growers.

WSU studying increased weak calf syndrome numbers

- Ranchers who experience weak calf syndrome should conduct a forage analysis, increasing to 12 percent crude protein 60 days before calving to address weak calf syndrome, said WSU’s John Wenz.

Judge halts Prop 65 glyphosate warnings

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