Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

Genetically engineered wheat plants discovered in fallow Washington field

- USDA is investigating the discovery of genetically engineered wheat in a fallow Eastern Washington field.

Higher yields help dryland wheat farmers offset lower prices

- Dryland farmers in Eastern Washington are reporting above-average yields due to improved moisture.

Profanity Peak pack reaches three confirmed kills, three probable

- The Profanity Peak wolf pack in Eastern Washington is up to three confirmed livestock kills and three probable depredations. The state begins considering killing problem wolves in the pack at four confirmed kills.

Rural Washington county wants to recruit food processors

- An Eastern Washington county is conducting an industrial wastewater study to improve its ability to recruit food processing companies.

Stripe rust pressure ‘severe’ in Northwest wheat, expert says

- USDA researcher Xianming Chen says it's a severe year for stripe rust.

Rain, temperatures increase falling number concerns

- Weather conditions have USDA Agricultural Research Service research plant molecular geneticist Camille Steber concerned about falling number potential across the Pacific Northwest.

Wheat industry expect average protein levels in this year’s crop

- As harvest continues, Pacific Northwest farmers are worried about price discounts for high protein soft white wheat.

Vandals use fireworks to hassle goats

- An Edwall, Wash., sheep rancher says vandals let 240 of his goats out in Issaquah, Wash.

WSU shows off barley lines to farmers, maltsters

- Washington State University field day brings farmers, brewers and maltsters together to learn about future malting barley varieties.

Farmers, officials celebrate siphon gate milestone

- State officials heralded the first gate raising of the Lind-Coulee siphon complex near Warden, Wash.

St. John farm family honored for 60 years of variety trials

- The Mills family of St. John, Wash., received a plaque from Washington State University for offering land for variety trials for 60 years during a field day on Mac Mills' farm July 14.

Stevens County ranchers protest Profanity Peak wolf pack

- Stevens County Cattlemen say the wolf population needs to be reduced to stop depredations on ranches.

Wolves kill second NE Washington calf in a week

- Two calves have been killed by wolves in northwestern Washington state in the past week.

WSU field day will feature new malting barley varieties

- Washington State University will show off new malting barley varieties during a field day July 15.

Direct-seed farmers, Ecology formalize Farmed Smart certification

- The Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association and Washington Department of Ecology are signing an agreement on certification to provide farmers "safe harbor" from regulatory agencies this week.

Wolves in Colville Valley worry state wildlife managers

- Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is monitoring a situation in the Colville, Wash., area where several wolves are getting closer in proximity to humans.

Washington livestock compensation system ‘broken’

- Ranchers shared their frustrations with the compensation system for losses to wolves during the wolf advisory group meeting July 67- in Spokane Valley, Wash.

WSU, drone manufacturer team up for research

- Washington State University and commercial drone manufacturer DJI are teaming up for agriculture research.

Industry optimistic GMO labeling bill will pass U.S. Senate

- Industry members are optimistic the U.S. Senate and House will pass a bill that provides a uniform national standard for GMO labeling requirements, avoiding a patchwork of requirements from state to state.

California wheat commission names new executive director

- Claudia Carter is the new executive director of the California Wheat Commission. She started June 20.

New chair: Washington potato industry reaches out to lawmakers

- Quincy, Wash., potato farmer Rex Calloway begins his term as chair of the Washington Potato Commission July 1.

CHS Primeland has open house for its $18.5 million fertilizer facility

- CHS Primeland holds a grand opening for its $18.5 million new facility in Clarkston, Wash., slated to serve a 100-mile radius.

Breeder makes progress on new quinoa varieties

- Washington State University's breeder is advancing his quinoa variety development.

Twins head for high school rodeo nationals

- Prosser, Wash., twin sisters Kayden and Kylie Beaver will compete in National High School Rodeo finals in Gilette, Wyo., in July.

Elevators dock for too much protein in wheat

- Wheat farmers could see a price docking for protein levels above 10.5 to 11 percent for their crop, a rare occurrence, says Washington Grain Commission CEO Glen Squires.

WSU wheat breeders named Vogel chair

- Washington State University wheat breeders Arron Carter and Mike Pumphrey will share the Washington Grain Commission's Vogel Endowed Chair position for wheat breeding and genetics.

Latin American wheat buyers to meet in Portland

- A U.S. Wheat Associates meeting for key buyers overseas is in Portland June 22-23.

Grain industry touts reliability to Filipino editors

- Members of the Washington and U.S. wheat industry are showing newspaper editors from the Philippines why it makes sense for millers to use Pacific Northwest soft white wheat compared to alternatives from competing countries.

WSU leader: Cultivate curiosity about ag

- Kim Kidwell, executive associate dean Washington State University's College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, addressed the business community at Greater Spokane Inc.'s Good Morning Greater Spokane progr...

A family tradition of efficiency

- Stevens County Cattlemen's Association President Justin Hedrick, 29, partners with his grandfather, Len McIrvin, and uncle, Bill McIrvin, on the Diamond M Ranch in Laurier, Wash.

Open house showcases $19 million fertilizer facility

- CHS Primeland plan an open house for a $19 million fertilizer facility June 23 in Clarkston, Wash.

Diagnostic clinic covers disease, pest pressures

- Washington State University Extension specialist Steve Van Vleet offers a diagnostic clinic June 17 in Pullman, Wash.

New NAWG CEO plans to help wheat industry gear up for Farm Bill discussions

- Incoming National Association of Wheat Growers CEO Chandler Goule will move from the National Farmers Union to lead the wheat industry into the next Farm Bill.

Beef industry opens its doors to consumers

- The Washington Beef Commission takes customers on a tour of the industry.

Feedlot works to meet environmental, consumer demands

- Pasco, Wash., feedlot owner Cody Easterday speaks with tour members during the Washington Beef Commission tour.