Matthew Weaver

NE Washington Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

Commission denies conservation groups’ wolf petition

- The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has denied conservation groups' petition adding requirements for ranchers to receive compensation for depredations of livestock by wolves or before the Washington Department of Fi...

New Spokane chamber CEO seeks to connect ag, other industries

- Steve Stevens, the new president and CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated, sees the chamber and economic development council as a connecting organization for agriculture and other industries. It's important for the overall e...

USDA releases ag greenhouse gas report

- The USDA says its new greenhouse gas report will help provide the science to support and develop tools to help landowners manage carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

House passes Endangered Species Act reform

- The House passed a bill that would require the Secretary of the Interior or Secretary of Commerce to make the reasonings for an endangered species listing available on the Internet.

Simplot feedlot fined $24,000 for alleged pollution violation

- The Washington Department of Ecology is fining a Walla Walla County beef cattle feedlot $24,000 for alleged air quality violations due to hay grinding. Simplot Feeders LLP has 30 days to appeal the penalty.

Potato industry battles declining demand

- The potato industry is looking at ways to meet consumer needs in order to address declining consumption trends.

Simplot outlines Innate marketing strategy

- The J.R. Simplot Co. expects USDA approval for its genetically modified Innate potatoes within the next two months. Simplot Plant Sciences Director of Commercialization Kerwin Bradley outlined the strategy for marketing th...

Agencies offer landowners bark beetle assistance

- A bark beetle first discovered in Washington State, the California fivespined ips, is impacting mature trees in the Columbia River Gorge area. Various agencies are teaming up to offer landowners education and assistance to ...

Iconic breeder writes the book on club wheat

- Retired USDA Agricultural Research Service wheat breeder Bob Allan recently self-published a book devoted to club wheat, a key sub-class of soft white wheat.

Aphids on rise in Eastern Washington

- Aphid populations are increasing this year on small grain fields, Washington State University researchers say. Because the insect pests are sporadic, it's hard for researchers and farmers to determine the level of infestati...

Changes approved at USDA Prosser unit

- Proposed changes for a USDA Agricultural Research Service unit in Prosser, Wash., have been approved, redirecting funding and research through laboratories in Pullman, Wash., and Wapato, Wash.

Wildlife managers think like a wolf to trap one

- Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists track, trap and monitor wolves, the better to get a handle on populations and movement throughout the state. Documentation of wolf sightings will open the door to more m...

WSU partners with company to market cereal varieties

- Washington State University will partner with Washington Genetics, LLC. The newly formed company, owned by Washington Grain Commission board member Mike Miller and his wife Marci. will market WSU varieties, manage royalties...

UI president addresses ag funding, partnerships

- New University of Idaho President Chuck Staben says the school will continue to be a strong supporter of farmers and agriculture. The president recently met with the Capital Press to talk about the future of funding, resear...

McCoy grain adds partner to marketing alliance

- Pacific Northwest Farmers Cooperative and Cooperative Agricultural Producers, Inc., are adding Mid-Columbia Producers, of Moro, Ore., to their marketing alliance, which includes the McCoy grain terminal in Rosalia, Wash. T...

131 billion pounds of food wasted each year

- USDA NIFA director Sonny Ramaswamy made several other key points during his speech at WSU, including a coming emphasis by his program on health and agriculture for funding applicants and the amount of food wasted globally e...

Growers, researchers compare notes on dryland organic grain

- Growers and researchers from Washington State University and University of Idaho are finishing up a USDA project to examine transitioning to and keeping dryland organic grain production sustainable.

Metal thieves hit Eastern Wash. farms

- The Grant County Sheriff's Office is reaching out to Moses Lake, Wash., area farmers for information about a string of metal thefts from farm property.

Wheat head armyworm, midge have low impact

- Two insect pests are not expected to have much impact in the Pacific Northwest this year, according to WSU Extension specialist Diana Roberts.

NIFA chief: Farmers key to solving global problems

- Farmers will be at the center of solutions to problems created by the growing world population, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture director Sonny Ramaswamy said during a lecture at Washington State University i...

New wheat variety honors student

- A new soft white winter wheat variety released by the University of Idaho and Washington State University honors a deceased UI graduate and breeding program worker who recognized "the magic of one little seed," his father s...

Mistaken identity a concern for new wheat variety

- Washington's wheat industry is proceeding cautiously with a Washington State University hard red winter wheat variety, Sprinter, that looks like a hard red spring wheat, two classes that are kept separate in the marketplace.

Industry criticizes ARS cuts in Idaho, Washington

- The USDA Agricultural Research Service is proposing the closure of the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, Idaho, and a reduction in the number of researchers in Prosser, Wash. USDA ARS Director of Information Sandy Mi...

Cost-share program helps farmers handle mud, manure

- The Spokane Conservation District's Livestock and Land cost-share grant and loan program will help farmers deal with mud and manure issues, says water resources program manager Walt Edelen. Spokane rancher Craig Volosing sa...

Growing Walla Walla sweets a tradition

- Walla Walla sweet onion acres and farmer numbers are declining, but a new generation is coming on board in hopes of taking the industry to new heights. Loyal customers find a way to order onions, says Kathryn Fry-Trommald, ...

NASS: Wheat stocks lower across nation

- USDA statistics say PNW wheat stocks are tighter than they were the same time last year. Pendleton Grain Growers grains merchandiser Dan Steiner says soft white wheat in the PNW will continue to trade at a premium to Chicag...

Oregon farmers kick off wheat harvest

- Wheat harvest began in the Pendleton, Ore., area this week, but Pendleton Grain Growers grain merchandiser Dan Steiner says dry conditions and heat stress will keep wheat yields lower than last year.

WSU royalties benefit breeding research, leaders say

- Washington State University's contract with Syngenta and AgVentures Northwest to market hard white spring wheat variety Dayn in southern Idaho will provide royalties to benefit WSU breeding programs.

University of Idaho adding molecular wheat geneticist

- The University of Idaho is adding a wheat molecular geneticist with financial support from the Idaho Wheat Commission. The university and commission have also renewed their three-year agreement to support wheat research.

WSU offers new online ag master’s degree

- Washington State University is offering a new online agriculture master's degree in plant health management.

Washington considers wolf petition

- Washington's Department of Fish and Wildlife is considering a petition given in June by eight conservation groups asking the state to codify requirements for non-lethal efforts.

Website lists wheat variety falling number performance

- USDA Agricultural Research Service research plant molecular geneticist Camille Steber and Washington State University researchers have launched a website designed to help farmers compare data to determine which wheat variet...

Potato farmer shares WIC difficulties

- Sherwood, Ore., potato farmer Darla Baggenstos has to tell WIC participants they need to buy their own white potatoes instead of using a voucher. The potato industry remains hopeful that WIC participants will be given the c...

WSU Extension event will help public ‘know’ food

- Washington State University Extension will offer an event for the public June 21 at the Wilke Farm in Davenport, Wash.

New U.S. Wheat chairman: Steady as she goes

- Brawley, Calif., wheat farmer Roy Motter is the new chairman of U.S. Wheat Associates. Motter's plan is to continue the organization's current course.

Blackleg shows up in Willamette Valley brassica crops

- Oregon researchers and officials are alerting growers about the blackleg fungus, which is affecting brassica crops in the Willamette Valley.

Direct-seeding effort back on track

- Direct seeding is entering the mainstream, says Kay Meyer, the Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association executive director. Meyer is working to build association membership and boost awareness amongst farmers.

WSU, Syngenta team up to market wheat variety in S. Idaho

- A new agreement between Syngenta and Washington State University allows the company to market the university's hard white spring wheat variety, Dayn, to farmers in Southern Idaho.

Weed-killing microbe could save farmers money

- A microbe that combats prevalent weeds could save wheat farmers money if it's approved as a bioherbicide by the Enviornmental Protection Agency, USDA Agricultural Research Service soil scientist Ann Kennedy says.

Longtime RMA director to retire in July

- Longtime USDA Risk Management Agency regional director Dave Paul plans to retire July 31.

NASS: Winter wheat production down this year

- Winter wheat production will be down in the Pacific Northwest and across the country, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Farmers apply precision technology to ag

- Pacific Northwest researchers say farmers have been slow to adopt precision agriculture technology because of a knowledge gap between developers and growers. Kendrick, Idaho, farmer Robert Blair, an early adopter, hopes agr...

Growers work to save alkali bees

- Alfalfa farmers in southeast Washington state rely on alkali bees to pollinate their crops, a more affordable option compared to leafcutter bees. But they face threats from a state highway project.

Career development events give FFA members ‘real world’ preview

- Roughly 600 Idaho FFA members competed on the University of Idaho campus in Moscow, Idaho, the week of June 2. The CDEs were designed to give members an idea of what it's like to work in the agriculture industry.

OSU field days spotlight soil health

- Oregon State University offers research field days June 10 in Pendleton, Ore., and June 11 in Moro, Ore. Some research presentations spotlight the importance of soil matter and soil health, says OSU Extension soil scientist...

New downy brome treatment, triticale in Lind spotlight

- Washington State University's Lind Field Day May 12 will include presentations on a new bioherbicide for downy brome and late-planted triticale as an alternative crop. Professor Bill Schillinger says moisture levels are a b...