Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

Port’s food center installs solar panels

- The Blue Mountain Station artisan food center near Dayton, Wash., is switching to solar energy.

First Odessa water service contracts signed

- East Columbia Basin Irrigation District manager Craig Simpson says more water could be on the way the week of March 23.

Warm winter increases chances of foot rot, researcher says

- A warm winter has increased the chances of strawbreaker foot rot impacting wheat appearing, a Washington State University Extension plant pathologist says.

WSU, wheat growers seek support for new plant sciences building

- Washington State University's College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences is seeking legislative support for funding the design phase for a building that will boost the university's research capabilities.

Warm weather worries Washington wheat farmers

- Washington Grain Commission members say the warm weather isn't a good sign for the crop and timely moisture in the spring will be critical.

Trade group offers cross-border grain info

- The Canada-U.S. Grain and Seed Trade Task Group has set up a website to supply information to grain buyers and handlers about cross-border trade.

Online organic bulletin board helps buyers, sellers

- Washington State University's Small Grains webpage offers a searchable bulletin board for organic grain and hay buyers and sellers.

Wheat leader calls for presidential trade authority for TPP

- National Association of Wheat Growers president Brett Blankenship says it's critical for the president to have trade promotion authority as negotiations on the new Trans Pacific Partnership enter the home stretch.

Consultants developing PNW triticale insurance

- A Texas-based consulting group is seeking grower feedback regarding a pilot crop insurance program for triticale in the Pacific Northwest.

Groups sue to block Wildlife Services from killing wolves

- Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the USDA Wildlife Services, challenging its authority to kill wolves in Washington state.

Tight supply boosts premiums for low protein soft white wheat

- The biggest demand by exporters for soft white wheat right now is for low proteins, to blend with wheat with higher proteins, grains market merchandisers say.

Grain handlers offer hard white wheat contracts

- Grain handlers in Southern and Eastern Idaho are offering contracts for hard white spring wheat. Idaho Wheat Commission executive director Blaine Jacobson expects high demand for the wheat class after issues last year.

Study shows countries distort wheat trade

- U.S. Wheat Associates says a study shows that the governments of India, China, Turkey, Brazil and Thailand have increased trade-distorting subsidies for wheat, corn and rice production beyond their World Trade Organization ...

Climate researchers developing tools to project crop yields

- A climate research group led by the University of Idaho holds its annual meeting March 3-6 in Moscow, Idaho.

Have canola crusher, will travel

- Nezperce, Idaho, resident Robin Baune built a mobile canola crusher.

UI researchers ponder ‘local’ market access

- The University of Idaho is researching the best opportunities for producers to access farmers' markets.

UI Extension offers rural land purchasing class

- The Clearwater County University of Idaho Extension office in Orofino, Idaho, is offering a workshop on rural land purchasing March 12, 19 and 26 in Lewiston, Idaho.

Ritzville farmer new U.S. Wheat secretary-treasurer

- Ritzville, Wash., wheat farmer Mike Miller, a board member of the Washington Grain Commission, will move through the leadership positions for U.S. Wheat Associates.

Negotiator seeks balance for potato growers, processors

- Potato Growers of Washington executive director Dale Lathim negotiates on behalf of potato farmers with processing companies in the Pacific Northwest.

Ecology to provide water quality guidelines to farmers

- The Washington Department of Ecology will provide guidance to farmers when it looks for water quality problems.

Officials move ‘habituated’ wolf to sanctuary

- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has moved a female wolf from the Ruby Creek pack to a wolf sanctuary in Tenino, Wash., after the animal became habituated in Ione, Wash.

Wolf sanctuary director: Help ranchers adjust

- Wolf Haven International director Diane Gallegos offers advice to farmers on how to address wolf conflicts. Most ranchers are already taking the proper management steps, she says.

Septoria a concern for westside wheat, expert says

- Oregon State University Extension cereals specialist Mike Flowers advises growers on how to handle septoria, which has also appeared in Western Oregon.

More stripe rust possible in Willamette Valley

- Researchers are advising wheat farmers to check their fields for stripe rust, which hit Oregon's Willamette Valley early this year. The outlook is for a moderate to severe impact on susceptible varieties, USDA research gene...

Farm Bill programs could affect land values, economist says

- Washington State University economist Randy Fortenbery says new programs under the Farm Bill may affect land values.

Youths ponder options at career fair

- High school students from around the region met with employers and representatives of a community college as they learned about the opportunities that await them in agriculture.

Wheat prices could increase, expert says

- Market consultant Kevin Van Trump says wheat prices are poised to shoot upwards, perhaps as high as $7 per bushel. During his economic forecast at the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum, Van Trump also looked ...

Speaker: Industry demand high for FFA students

- There's high demand for youth in precision agriculture careers, James Durfey, manager of Washington State University's Agriculture Technology and Management program, told members of the Washington FFA during the Spokane Ag ...

‘Big data’ experts agree: Read the fine print

- Experts say farmers will want to pay attention to the fine print in data-sharing agreements. A panel discussion during the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum addressed the questions of who owns and has access ...

Douglas calls for spring, summer moisture

- Creighton University professor emeritus Art Douglas forecasts a cool, wet spring and summer, with moisture likely coming in April in the Pacific Northwest.

Risk management program deadlines approach

- Judy Olson, director of the USDA Farm Service Agency in Washington, urges farmers to set up appointments for new risk management tools before the Feb. 27 deadline.

Simplot GMO potatoes kept in ‘closed loop’

- Simplot's new GMO potato, Innate, will be kept in a closed-loop, director of commercialization Kerwin Bradley said during the Washington-Oregon Potato Conference in Kennewick, Wash.

WIC win based on nutrition, potato council CEO says

- John Keeling, CEO of the National Potato Council, says science-based decisions about the vegetables included on the USDA's Women, Infants and Children program gives white potatoes, formerly excluded, a much more level playi...

‘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.