Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

Industry seeks better malting barley varieties

- The American Malting Barley Association is seeking improved varieties to bolster barley acres.

Washington farmer wins national wheat yield contest

- An Eastern Washington wheat farmer has topped the National Association of Wheat Growers' revived yield contest.

Falling number problems perplex Northwest wheat industry

- Farmers were blindsided this year by low falling number in their wheat when they expected a good yield. Some farmers saw prices reduced by 50 percent.

McMorris Rodgers added to Trump transition team

- Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is one of the vice chairs on President-Elect Donald Trump's transition team.

Ag industry gears up for 14-week river closure

- The Pacific Northwest grain industry is fairly prepared for a 14-week closure of the Columbia-Snake River System, beginning Dec. 12 through March 20, representatives say.

Farmers warned against more attacks on crop insurance

- The grain industry is preparing for continued attacks on crop insurance, leaders say.

Western Innovator: Researcher studies big role of lowly earthworm

- University of Idaho soil scientist Jodi Johnson-Maynard takes a look at the bigger picture when deciding how to improve soil health. A big part of her focus is on the roles earthworms play.

WSU announces search committee members for ag dean

- Washington State University has released the names of the search committee members who will help look for the next dean of the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences.

Breaching Snake River dams would ‘devastate’ wheat industry, growers say

- With the federal government seeking comment on the Columbia-Snake river system, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers recently reiterated its opposition to breaching dams on the Snake River.

Farm bill safety net a top priority for new WAWG president

- Coulee City wheat farmer Ben Adams is the new president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers. The farm bill is high on Adams' priority list, he says.

Farmers offer comments on Columbia-Snake River System

- Federal agencies take public comment on Columbia River system operations.

Grain company files tort claim against state agency over falling numbers

- A Wilbur, Wash., farming operation has filed a claim against the state grain inspection service office in Spokane, protesting an altitude change in the falling number test.

NAWG survey reveals issues to resolve in next farm bill

- National Association of Wheat Growers speakers shared farmer concerns and their strategy for discussing the 2018 Farm Bill.

PNW wheat leaders work to maintain competitive edge overseas

- Pacific Northwest wheat leaders talk about the region's need to continue its high ability to compete quality-wise during the Tri-State Grain Growers Convention in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Municipal bond sale raises $22M for new Odessa waterline

- The East Columbia Basin Irrigation District recently completed its first bond sale to pay for construction of a pipeline to replace declining groundwater in the Odessa Subarea.

Helping veterans learn to become farmers

- The Spokane Conservation District helps veterans apply their skills and training to become farmers.

U.S. Wheat Associates names new president

- Current vice president of overseas operations, Vince Peterson will take over as president of U.S. Wheat Associates in July.

Regulations, predators top new CPOW president’s concerns

- The new president of the Cattle Producers of Washington looks at the challenges ahead for ranchers.

Odessa Subarea seeks more funding for water expansion

- Columbia Basin Development League officials and state legislators say they're going to consider all possible funding options to reduce for growers the cost of replacing declining aquifer water with water from the Columbia R...

R-CALF CEO calls for fair trade, return of COOL

- R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard told ranchers at the Cattle Producers of Washington meeting the next Congress and administration needs to restore and preserve cow-calf producers' ability to compete in the marketplace.

Sheriff says he’s frustrated with Washington wolfpack

- Ferry County Sheriff Ray Maycumber says a deputized trapper will monitor places where wolves and people can interact.

Salatin: Centralization, regulations harm ‘integrity’ farmers

- The Spokane Farm and Food Expo is Nov. 5. Virginia farmer Joel Salatin will be the keynote speaker.

Pulses focus of extrusion processing course

- Washington State University researcher Girish Ganjya is offering the course for processors.

Ag voices must be heard on Columbia River System, group says

- Farmers, ranchers and others associated with agriculture need to tell the federal government how import the Columbia-Snake river system is to them, the leader of an industry group says.

Buffer reimbursement signups start Nov. 1

- A unique reimbursement offers farmers the amount of money they would have received by growing a crop on streamside buffers.

League seeks funding to reduce Odessa irrigation water costs

- The Columbia Basin Development League's annual meeting in Moses Lake will focus on infrastructure improvement.

WSU researchers working to build a better soybean

- Soybeans with improved flow of nitrogen may help lead to improved plant productivity and reduce nitrogen fertilizer use, says a Washington State University researcher.

Soft durum wheat could replace hard durum wheat

- The USDA Agricultural Research Service Western Wheat Quality Lab in Pullman, Wash., is experimenting with soft durum wheat. Lab director Craig Morris has high hopes for the wheat.

Ranchers raise $14K for Beef Counts

- Ranchers recently raised $14,000 for Beef Counts, a program that helps provide food to families in need.

Suess receives top WSU alumni award

- Retired Colfax, Wash., wheat farmer Randy Suess received a Washington State University award for his leadership in the wheat industry.

Field day focuses on forest diseases, pests

- University of Idaho Extension offers an outdoor "Forest Insect and Disease" field day Nov. 19 in Coeur d'Alene.

No surprises for wheat farmers in USDA supply-and-demand report

- Excess wheat depresses worldwide prices, analysts say.

WSU lamb program offered in Wyoming

- An industry program from Washington State University Extension, Lamb 300, will be offered Nov. 3-5 in Laramie, Wyo.

U.S., Canada to begin Columbia River Treaty negotiations

- The U.S. is ready to begin negotiating with Canada on the Columbia River Treaty.

WSU seeks $97M in state funding for plant, animal research buildings

- Washington State University will ask for nearly $100 million in state funding for two buildings it says are critical to plant and animal research.

Canola acres could double in Washington, researcher says

- Canola acreage in the Pacific Northwest will likely double with fall plantings, a Washington State University Extension oilseed specialist says.

Idaho wheat yield a record? Top exec believes so

- Idaho farmers may have set a record for wheat yield, according to a USDA survey.

Registration for in-demand wheat academy opens Oct. 10

- Registration opens Oct. 10 for an in-demand program in December at Washington State University. Wheat farmers who don't get in will be given priority for next year, says WSU professor Drew Lyon.

WSU begins search for next CAHNRS dean

- Washington State University is beginning the search for the new dean for the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences.

Weather boosts PNW wheat production

- USDA's latest report says Northwest wheat acreage is up.