Matthew Weaver

Washington/Idaho Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

Three-peat: Wheat farmer wins national yield contest

- Phillip Gross and the Warden Hutterian Brethren have won the National Wheat Foundation’s annual yield contest every year since it began three years ago.

Claassen, Herron to depart grain commission

- Departing Washington Grain Commission board members Steve Claassen and Dana Herron both encourage their fellow farmers to get involved with the industry.

Farmers work to secure club wheat breeding funding

- Washington wheat farmers are working to secure long-term funding for USDA Agricultural Research Service research geneticist Kimberly Garland Campbell’s club wheat breeding program.

Researcher retires after 52-year career

- Longtime Eastern Washington researcher Dennis Roe retired Nov. 1. A celebration of his career will be 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 27 in Pullman, Wash.

Author seeks harvest tradition stories

- Scheuerman recently published a second edition of his book, “Hardship to Homeland,” about the Volga Germans settling in the Pacific Northwest in the 1880s.

Canadian grower helps farmers answer tough questions

- Cherilyn Nagel spoke with Spokane County, Wash., farmers about how to speak with consumers.

WSU surveys farmers on soil health before January workshop

- Low soil pH is an emerging issue, says Haiying Tao, an assistant professor of crop and soil sciences.

NAWG wants lame duck Congress to pass farm bill

- The National Association of Wheat Growers is urging legislators to pass a farm bill during the lame duck session. President Jimmie Musick cites concerns over inexperienced lawmakers who are new to ag issues.

Tilth keynote speaker emphasizes diversity for farming future

- Six percent of farmers are under the age of 35, says California heirloom grains grower Mai Nguyen. She said farmers of different backgrounds must work together to ensure future generations continue to farm.

Panel: Consider water access, soil health before signing lease

- A panel of farmers spoke about ways to connect farmers and landowners during the Tilth Alliance conference Nov. 10 in Spokane. Farmers should consider their non-negotiable needs, said Puyallup, Wash., farmer Amy Moreno-Sills.

Canadian farmer to help Spokane County growers tell their story

- Cherilyn Nagel will speak Nov. 12 and 13 in Spokane County about sharing farming practices with the public.

Susewind: ‘Routine’ of managing problem wolves will improve ‘onerous’ process

- Kelly Susewind said the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife needs to get into a routine of wolf management. “We’re not going to get there until we get both sides satisfied we’re doing it right, a...

Washington small chicken farmer shares basics of egg economics

- Paul and Susan Puhek have been profitable since they started producing eggs in 1995. Paul Puhek offered a course to small farmers on the economics of egg production during the Spokane Conservation District’s Farm & F...

Leaders weigh costs of Columbia Basin water project

- The cost of bringing Columbia River water to the Odessa subarea is one of the stumbling blocks for progress, leaders said during the Columbia Basin Development League meeting in Moses Lake, Wash.

Tilth conference looks to boost different voices in ag

- The Tilth Conference in Spokane Nov 9-11 will promote farmer networking and diversity.

Organization seeks to stop redevelopment of farmland

- More than 3 acres of farmland is lost to development each minute, says John Larson, senior vice president of the American Farm Land Trust, which is developing strategies to protect the most productive land.

Livestock industry leaders talk about disaster response

- Livestock industry leaders talked about ways to address disasters, including fires, floods, animal diseases and terrorism during a food security forum in Walla Walla, Wash.

Unique SE Washington pulp plant will use wheat straw

- The new Columbia Pulp plant in Starbuck, Wash., will purchase wheat straw and turn it into two products.

UI celebrates new Sandpoint organic agriculture center

- The center is the university’s first devoted to organic farming.

New wheat marketing center technical director gets her ‘dream job’

- Jayne Bock will take over as technical director of the Wheat Marketing Center Nov. 1. Bock says the job combines her passion for wheat, education and research.

Opinions split on plan to move USDA agencies

- Reactions vary on USDA’s proposal to move the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture from Washington, D.C.

Winter canola growers advised to check for grasshoppers

- Winter canola farmers should monitor their fields for grasshoppers. Seven to 12 grasshoppers in a square meter would merit some action, says Dale Whaley, Washington State University Extension educator in Douglas County.

Meeting to provide update on Columbia Basin Project

- The Columbia Basin Development League provides an update on replacing groundwater with water from the Columbia River Nov. 1 in Moses Lake, Wash.

WSU remembers Paul Allen as friend, ‘legendary donor’

- Washington State University remembers Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and a philanthropist and community builder. The Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health at WSU bears his name.

Idaho’s wheat crop sets record for yield

- Good growing conditions — soil moisture, temperatures and timely rains — contributed to above-average yields this year in the Pacific Northwest.

More than 40 classes for small farmers at Farm & Food Expo

- The Farm & Food Expo in Spokane Nov. 2-3 offers more than 40 classes for small-acreage farmers, garden enthusiasts and “foodies.”

Relocation of USDA agencies sparks criticism

- The USDA’s plan to relocate and realign the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture is drawing criticism from former USDA officials and ag groups.

County WSU Extension director recognized for work on soil acidity

- Paul Carter has received a national award for his work in supporting soil health.

Some ranchers feel ‘left behind’ without COOL in new trade deal

- Some ranchers say they are disappointed mandatory country of origin labeling wasn’t included in the new trade deal between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Others say the new deal continues good access to markets in Cana...

Registration for popular Wheat Academy opens

- Registration for Washington State University’s Wheat Academy opened Oct. 10. Participants get hands-on experiences and go deeper into the science behind management decisions, weed science professor Drew Lyon says.

Funding available for growers to try commodity buffers

- Spokane Conservation District officials say plenty of funding is available to farmers in the local watershed to put in grass or forest buffers along streams.

Food security forum to focus on loss of farmland

- A food security forum will start at 8 a.m. Oct. 26 at the Walla Walla, Wash., Community College Water and Environmental Center.

WSU economist: Trade uncertainty hurts agriculture

- Trade uncertainty being resolved is a good thing for the wheat market, Washington State University small grains economist Randy Fortenbery says.

Your friendly neighborhood grain shed

- Founders of the new Grain Shed co-op want to build a model for grain farmers to serve neighborhoods by partnering with local millers, bakers and brewers.

New CAHNRS dean seeks to expand extension’s roles

- The new dean of Washington State University’s agriculture college hopes to more fully integrate the university’s extension network and research centers and increase their involvement in urban areas.

Soft durum wheat: ‘Magic flour’ of the future?

- A soft-kerneled version of durum wheat is under development by researchers.

Western Innovator: Going with mass timber

- Vaagen launching Vaagen Timbers.