Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

Wolf advisory group seeks common ground

- Consultant Francine Madden worked to help Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's wolf advisory group overcome deep-rooted conflict between different groups during a Spokane meeting.

Moisture needed for Washington wheat crop, grain commission says

- Moisture will be critical for the Washington wheat crop in the weeks ahead, Washington Grain Commission industry representatives say.

Ranchers to address wolf advisory group during closed tour

- Several ranchers will speak to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's wolf advisory group during a tour that's closed to the public.

FFA gives Washington officers a sense of place

- Washington FFA members elected new state officers during their convention in Pullman.

Field day helps ranchers remove toxic plants

- Washington State University Extension hosts a field day May 20 near Ritzville, Wash., to provide ranchers with an update on efforts to remove the weeds lupine and medusahead from rangeland.

WSU dryland researcher shares Nepal earthquake experience

- Washington State University Dryland Research Station professor and scientist Bill Schillinger was in the middle of the first earthquakes in Nepal as part of a 12-day worldwide research trip.

Grain-fed cattle OK for gluten-sensitive consumers, specialist says

- Grain-fed cattle won't impact people diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, Washington State University livestock specialist Paul Kuber recently told Spokane County cattlemen.

Roving dogs kill 21 sheep, Ephrata rancher says

- An Ephrata, Wash., rancher says a pack of dogs killed 21 of her sheep in the last two weeks.

Youths learn life lessons raising livestock

- Pacific Northwest youths learn life lessons raising animals for the Junior Livestock Show of Spokane.

Washington FFA honors past, looks to future

- The Washington State FFA annual convention will be May 14-16 in Pullman, Wash.

Washington ranchers wary of grouse agreement

- Creston, Wash., rancher Dawn Nelson and other ranchers are concerned about a proposed agreement for sage grouse habitat management. The agreement is not realistic for ranchers, Nelson says.

Irrigator group sues Bureau of Reclamation

- The Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Board representative Darryll Olsen said the group wants movement on water service contracts for their efforts to r...

McMorris Rodgers introduces national forest bill

- Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' proposed Forests Act is designed to help improve national forest conditions and reduce wildfire risks.

UI Extension, ag lender train financial teachers

- University of Idaho Extension educators Lyle Hansen and Luke Erickson are training 4-H and FFA educators how to teach young audiences about money management, as part of a program between UI and Northwest Farm Credit Services.

AgChat founder: Farmers aren’t leading conversation

- AgChat Foundation founder Michele Payne-Knoper wrapped up the Pacific Northwest "Agvocacy" conference in Airway Heights, Wash., by asking participants to spend 15 minutes a day trying different social media tools such as Fa...

Bloggers help public understand beef, commission exec says

- Washington State Beef Commission executive director Patti Brumbach says the beef industry's next crisis will be more immediate due to the widespread use of smart phones. Pro-agricultural bloggers will be crucial in helping ...

AgChat Foundation promotes ag advocates online

- The AgChat Foundation's 2015 Pacific Northwest "agvocacy" conference in Spokane is working to develop online advocates for agriculture through social media.

NE Washington haygrowers set spring meeting

- The Northeast Washington Haygrowers Association spring meeting is 8:20 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 9 near Deer Park, Wash.

State funding in question for Spokane junior livestock show

- The Junior Livestock Show of Spokane is May 5-9. State funding that helps students receive a premium price for their animals is in question for next year, says manager Lynn Cotter.

Free Washington program collects waste pesticides

- The Washington Department of Agriculture's program for collecting old agricultural chemicals marked its 3 millionth pound collected since the program started in 1988 last week. The free, non-regulatory program offers farmer...

WSU livestock specialist fights false food fears with education

- Washington State University Extension northeast regional livestock specialist Paul Kuber took over a key position in February. Kuber wants to provide processors and ranchers with the information they need to make important...

Celiac disease, ALS-like symptoms subject of research

- Researchers and members of the wheat industry say more information is needed after a preliminary study suggests that some patients with celiac disease may have a syndrome similar to ALS.

UI Extension offers timber sale tips for beginners

- University of Idaho Extension in Clearwater County is offering a workshop to help beginning timber landowners conduct timber sales.

Rancher markets ag sustainability

- Lazy R Ranch marketing opportunities organizer Beth Robinette, of Cheney, Wash., supports her family's holistic approach.

Officials seek farmers’ help in solving hay arsons

- The Grant County Sheriff's Office are advising farmers to report suspicious activity to stop a string of haystack arson in Quincy, Wash.

Turmoil in Yemen stalls 50,000 tons of PNW wheat

- Political turmoil in Yemen has stalled several container ships, including one containing about 50,000 metric tons of soft white wheat shipped from Portland. Yemen is a top importer of U.S. wheat, but its ranking is expected...

Washington senate honors Roseleip

- Longtime Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation president Dave Roseleip receives a full session resolution April 17 in the Washington State Senate for his years of service.

Parasites protect cattle from disease, study finds

- A Washington State University researcher has found that when two parasites infect calves in East Africa at the same time, it renders them less deadly.

Wash. wheat industry asks decision makers to consider billion-dollar impact

- Washington State University grains economist Randy Fortenbery reports on the economic impact of the state's wheat industry, and potential effects of changes in tax policy.

Wolf opponents focus on human impact of predators

- The Spokane nonprofit group Washington Residents Against Wolves says "unconventional" methods to inform the public about the impacts wolves can have on ranchers and ungulate populations.

U.S. wheat breeders to meet with Asian customers

- U.S. Wheat Associates is sending four wheat breeders, including Oregon State University Extension cereal specialist Mike Flowers and Washington State University winter wheat breeder Arron Carter, to Asia to meet with wheat ...

Swap-sale planned for small livestock

- Eastern Washington organizers are reviving a small livestock exchange April 11 in Colbert, Wash.

WSU researcher considers prickly lettuce as rubber source

- A Washington State University researcher wants to explore possible production of the weed prickly lettuce to make rubber.

Researchers update biocontrol catalog

- A University of Idaho researcher has updated a catalog of biocontrols and biocontrol releases after 16 years.

Blackleg confirmed in N. Idaho canola fields

- The fungus blackleg has infected canola fields in northern Idaho, from Moscow to Grangeville, researchers say.

Stripe rust forecast ‘severe’ for Northwest wheat

- USDA Agricultural Research Service research geneticist Xianming Chen has upped the level of stripe rust severity from moderate to severe due to weather. Chen and Oregon State University Extension Cereals Specialist Mike Flo...

Outside factors keep wheat prices low despite lower supply

- USDA's prospective plantings report puts wheat numbers lower than industry expectations, but prices will continue to struggle, market analysts say.

EPA, Ecology seek to clean up Freeman grain handling site

- The EPA and Washington Department of Ecology say carbon tretrachloide and chloroform used as fumigants in the 1980s at a Freeman, Wash., grain handling facility are impacting ground water.

With perennial rice at hand, is perennial wheat far behind?

- Researchers in China and Australia are close to releasing a perennial rice. U.S. researchers are mixed on how long it will take to release a perennial wheat.

Planning grant to help city untangle rail congestion

- The city of Connell, Wash., has received a $50,000 planning grant to look into ways to address current and expanding railroad congestion.