Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

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.

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 ...