Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

Hay growers plan annual meeting in Clayton

- The Northeast Washington Haygrowers Association annual meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 5 in Clayton, Wash., roughly 25 miles north of Spokane.

Washington wheat industry explores fall-planted spring wheat

- The Washington wheat industry is researching variety planting dates to boost yields. But an Oregon State University wheat breeder is concerned the move could blur market classes and reduce the pay to farmers.

WAWG president looks to preserve tax exemptions

- Edwall, Wash., wheat farmer Kevin Klein has assumed leadership as president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers.

Dry wheat conditions raise winterkill worries

- Dry conditions in Washington winter wheat fields have grain commission board members concerned about winterkill.

WSU soil professor addresses tilth conference

- Washington State University soil scientist John Reganold, says increasing crop yields is one of four major goals to make sustainable agriculture. Reganold also called for enhancing the environment, making farming financiall...

Grain commissions to combat dam misinformation

- The three Pacific Northwest grain commodity commissions will team up to combat misinformation about the value of Snake River dams.

U.S. wheat reps: Rising demand overseas

- U.S. Wheat Associates representatives foresee growing demand overseas for soft white winter wheat produced in the Pacific Northwest.

Farm Service Agency sending out ARC county payments

- The USDA Farm Service Agency has begun dispensing payments nationwide under its Agriculture Risk Coverage program on the county level. In Washington, most farmers in Eastern Washington are likely to receive a payment, said ...

National leaders speak of ‘assault on crop insurance’

- Speakers from the National Association of Wheat Growers and the National Barley Growers Association spoke about protecting crop insurance during the Tri-State Grain Growers Convention in Spokane.

Washington FFA teams find success at nationals

- FFA groups in LaCrosse, Wash., and Cashmere, Wash., ranked highly at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky.

Newhouse forum reaches out to farmers

- Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Washington, held his first agricultural forum to talk with farmers Nov. 6 in Moses Lake, Wash. Water availability, drought, wildfires and fallout from the port slowdown are the big problems producers ar...

Afghanistan ag minister touring West

- Assadullah Zamir, the minister of Afghanistan's Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, is touring the Pacific Northwest to learn how the U.S. cooperative extension system is organized and develop a first-hand un...

Cooper named new Wheat Marketing Center director

- California Wheat Commission executive director Janice Cooper will take over as executive director of the Wheat Marketing Center in December.

NAWG looks to grow wheat acreage

- The National Association of Wheat Growers is developing a plan to increase the amount of wheat grown in the U.S.

Global marketing hot topic at upcoming grain convention

- Grain growers from Idaho, Oregon and Washington will meet in Spokane the week of Nov. 9 for the annual Tri-State Grain Convention.

National Farmers Union president backs voluntary COOL, not TPP

- National Farmers Union Roger Johnson outlined his organization's positions on country of origin labeling, climate change and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement to the Cattle Producers of Washington.

Sandison talks water, wolves with ranchers

- Washington State Department of Agriculture director Derek Sandison spoke at the Cattle Producers of Washington annual meeting Oct. 30 in Airway Heights, Wash.

Irrigation district, development league continue work, seek funding

- Work continues on the East Low Canal to bring Columbia River water to farmland in the Odessa Subarea.

Judge to decide on motion to dismiss irrigator lawsuit against Bureau of Reclamation

- A U.S. District Court judge in Eastern Washington will give a written opinion within two months on whether to dismiss the Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association's lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

WSU bread lab plants wheat, barley at governor’s mansion

- Washington State University's bread laboratory has planted wheat and barley plots at the governor's mansion in Olympia.

Expert: Use fencing, buffer zones wisely

- University of California-Davis rangeland watershed sciences professor Kenneth Tate says the majority of E.coli in "fecal pats" remains within 1 yard, and that narrow buffer zones are effective.

Rangeland experts call for site-specific plans near streams

- Experts addressed livestock and water quality management during a seminar for Eastern Washington ranchers in Fairfield, Wash.

WSU presidential search committee stresses ag importance

- Washington State University presidential search advisory committee members speak with community members at forums across the state.

UAV advocate joins drone company

- An Idaho farmer who is a longtime advocate for the use of drone technology has been hired by a company that operates drones.

Wheat industry toasts new WSU plant growth facility

- Members of the wheat industry turned out to mark the dedication of Washington State University's new plant growth facility, paid for through a partnership between the university, the Washington Grain Commission and the USDA...

Grant will help researchers identify insects causing zebra chip

- Washington State University researcher Bill Snyder has received a $2.7 million grant to research which psyllids may be causing zebra chip.

Wilbur-Ellis opens fertilizer facility in Moses Lake

- Wilbur-Ellis recently opened a new dry fertilizer blending and storage facility in Moses Lake, Wash.

Cantwell, McMorris Rodgers weigh fire management, funding

- U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Sen. Maria Cantwell held a roundtable discussion on wildfires.

Wheat yield contest challenges farmers

- The National Wheat Foundation has revived an annual wheat yield contest for farmers.

WSU presidential search chairman tries to assuage ag concerns

- A Washington State University regent responds to ag concerns.

College donates research peppers to food bank

- Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Wash., is donating roughly 3,000 pounds of peppers bred for research to a local food bank.

WSDA tour seeks to connect farmers, buyers

- The Washington State Department of Agriculture is putting on tours to bring farmers and buyers together and increase opportunities for local food.

U.S. producers will benefit from TPP, economists predict

- Washington State University IMPACT Center Director Peter Tozer says the Trans-Pacific Partnership's biggest winners are fruit and vegetable growers and Vietnam. Possible stumbling blocks include Japan and Canada, but Tozer ...

Ag groups want more representation in search for new WSU president

- Agriculture groups are upset that there's only one representative from the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences on the advisory committee to find Washington State University's next president.

Otto top wheat variety planted in Washington

- A relatively new variety of soft white winter wheat tops the list of varieties raised by Washington growers.

Vilsack: TPP text available in next 30 days

- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be made available in the next 30 days.

Most agriculture groups favorable to TPP

- Most agricultural organizations say they welcome news that a TPP agreement has been reached but want to see the details.

Ecology to order clean-up of grain-handling facility

- The Washington Department of Ecology is seeking public comment on an order to have the Union Pacific Railroad and Cenex Harvest States Inc., clean up a SuperFund site at a grain handling facility in Freeman, Wash.

Device helps take guesswork out of harvest

- Kevin Oldenburg, president of 2nd Sight Bio Science in Spokane, has developed FairPick, a way for fruit growers to more accurately measure the amount of fruit their employees pick.

WSU to dedicate new plant growth facility

- Washington State University will toast the opening of its plant growth facility with an invitation-only ceremony Oct. 17. WSU associate dean and WSU Extension director Rich Koenig said the ceremony will honor a three-way pa...

Dry weather leads to higher protein levels in some wheat

- The effects of drought persist for the Washington wheat crop. Washington Grain Commissioner Dana Herron is recommending farmers switch from soft white wheat to red wheat, in which high protein is rewarded.

Bluetongue cases increase among wildlife, livestock

- Bluetongue virus has been found in 42 animals, including white-tailed deer and livestock, according to Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

McMorris Rodgers won’t seek House majority leader job

- Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has decided not to bid for the House majority leader position.