Matthew Weaver

Washington/Idaho Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

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.

Grain elevators blend wheat to meet falling number standard

- Overseas customers won’t see the starch damage problems in the shipments they receive from the Pacific Northwest.

Ag cautiously optimistic about Trump trade agenda

- Ag industry representatives say the Trump administration is making progress on trade, but are worried about the damage being done by trade wars with Mexico and China. Brian Kuehl, executive director of Farmers for Free Trad...

UI course will helps new family forest owners ask better questions

- A six-week University of Idaho Extension forestry course is designed to help new family forest owners ask questions and develop a forestry management plan.

Washington potato farmers see above-average yields

- Wildfire smoke may be a factor in crop size, says Dale Lathim, executive director of Potato Growers of Washington.

Genome map will help breeders develop better wheat varieties

- Wheat breeders will be better able to understand which genes control the traits they’re looking to improve and include in new varieties.

Growers can check wheat variety falling number data online

- Wheat growers can check results from Washington State University cereal variety trials for falling number susceptibility on USDA molecular geneticist Camille Steber’s website.

Washington farmer reports record winter pea yield

- Ritzville, Wash., farmer Brad Gering’s fall-planted winter pea crop yielded more than 6,800 pounds an acre, a record.

Donated Sandpoint orchard becomes first UI organic center

- College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Dean Michael Parrella said donor Dennis Pence and UI share a desire to support local food systems and train students in sustainability and organic production.