Matthew Weaver

Washington/Idaho Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

Washington agriculture happy with WSU ag dean

- Washington agricultural leaders say they’re “tickled” by the hiring of André-Denis Wright as the new dean of Washington State University’s College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource...

USDA website chronicles stem rust battle

- The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has a new website about protecting cereal grains from stem rust that includes historic data from the federal eradication program.

Exhibitors line up for Washington-Oregon potato conference

- The Washington-Oregon Potato Conference Jan. 23-25 in Kennewick, Wash., will focus on growers.

WSU relocates orchard to Spillman Farm

- As part of a land purchase agreement with the local airport, Washington State University will move its Tukey Horticulture Orchard to the Spillman Agronomy Farm by Sept. 30.

New dean named for WSU’s agricultural college

- André-Denis Wright, currently director of the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences at the University of Arizona, will begin his duties June 1.

Stripe rust forecast low, but that could change

- Xianming Chen’s current forecast calls for low stripe rust impacts, but the USDA Agricultural Research Service plant pathologist warns that the picture could change by the next report in March.

Malting barley association names 2018 recommended varieties

- The American Malting Barley Association has released its list of recommended varieties for the 2018 crop year. U.S. acres typically range from 2 million to 2.5 million.

Whitgro to merge with Northwest Grain Growers

- Whitgro Inc. will merge into Northwest Grain Growers May 1. NWGG general manager Chris Peha said the move will allow the company the flexibility to ship grain by both rail and barge.

Economist: Mergers can benefit farmers

- Recent grain company mergers in Eastern Washington can benefit growers, an economist says.

Cold snap underlines need for adequate crop insurance, NAWG leader says

- National Association of Wheat Growers president Gordon Stoner expects movement on the House version of a new farm bill in late January or February, and on the Senate’s version by the summer.

Washington FFA state adviser looks to evolve program

- Denny Wallace, Washington state FFA adviser, says he is looking for ways for the program to evolve to help members develop skills, pursue careers and become leaders.

Two join Washington Grain Commission board

- Mike Carstensen and Kevin Klein are the newest board members for the Washington Grain Commission, representing wheat and barley growers.

Bailey new chairman of Washington Grain Commission

- Gary Bailey of St. John, Wash., is the new chairman of the Washington Grain Commission board.

Workshops showcase canola as ‘opportunity crop’

- More canola acres are expected in the West following a record crop year. A Washington State University workshop will help Eastern Washington farmers learn more about including the crop in their rotations.

SNAP will be at center of farm bill debates, groups predict

- National farm organizations expect a high level of attention on food stamps as lawmakers discuss the next farm bill.

Cereal grains seminar to cover mosaic virus, pests

- The seminar will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Walla Walla, Wash., Regional Airport.

State commissions help fund U.S. Wheat technician in S. America

- South American customers have told wheat industry representatives they need a technician to learn how to best use wheat from the U.S.

Lentil industry honors Newbry family

- The National Lentil Festival and U.S. lentil industry are honoring Bill Newbry, CEO of the Pacific Northwest Farmers Cooperative, and his family for 2018.

Former park ranger, groundskeeper becomes full-time farmer

- Greg Hodapp is now a full-time farmer on 5 acres after taking a course to help beginning farmers.

AgForestry leadership program announces 40th class

- The Washington AgForestry Leadership Program has announced members of its 40th class. The program helps participants develop skills to solve problems faced by agriculture, forestry and natural resources industries.

Workshop to focus on solving soil acidity

- A Washington State University workshop will help farmers get more information about increasing soil acidity on their farms.

Five grain co-ops set to merge in Eastern Washington

- CEO Paul Katovich said the merger allows the companies to address business costs and aging infrastructure.

E. Washington farm receives scaled-down biosolids permit

- An Eastern Washington farm reduced its application to receive permitting to apply biosolids to its land after a protest campaign by residents in a neighboring canyon.

UI Extension workshop equips new farmers for success

- The course helps new farmers plan their operation from the beginning.

WSU cereal variety testing program director leaving

- Ryan Higginbotham has been director of the cereal variety testing program since 2014. He will take a new job at HighLine Grain.

Washington delegation meets with White House about Columbia Basin Project

- Meeting with President Donald Trump’s special assistant on agriculture and agricultural trade were farmers Randy and Michele Kiesz of Ritzville and Clark Kagele of Odessa, state Department of Agriculture director Der...

WAWG president follows family legacy of leadership

- Fairfield, Wash., farmer Marci Green, president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, hopes to preserve tax incentives and crop insurance for farmers. She feels optimistic about the industry’s priorities, s...

BASF consultant: Use treatments for largest impact

- BASF technical market manager Paula Halabicki recommends growers look at their wheat and corn crops throughout the season, and use seed treatments and fungicides where they can have the largest impact.

Members of ranch family sentenced to probation, fines on gun charges

- Ranchers Terry and Mary Hunt and their sons Russell and Derek were sentenced to five years probation and fined after pleading guilty to federal charges related to illegally buying and selling firearms.

Company adding two new barges to transport wheat

- Shaver Transportation will bring two new grain barges to Portland next year to handle larger volumes of wheat moving on the Columbia and Snake rivers.

New canola association names board of directors

- Farmers from Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Montana will serve on the board of directors for the new Pacific Northwest Canola Association.

Pacific Northwest wheat exports grow as total U.S. wheat exports decline

- Wheat exports from Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana and North Dakota have grown by 100,000 metric tons per year.

Farmers learn more about dams, falling number testing, Oreos

- Washington wheat farmers took the Washington Grain Commission export tour and what quality workshop from Spokane to Portland, and got an up-close look at the way their wheat moves from field to customers overseas and at home.

Center researches new uses for Northwest wheat

- Research projects at the Wheat Marketing Center in Portland include new uses for U.S. wheat in noodles and crackers, managing director Janice Cooper told members of a Washington Grain Commission tour.

Fish counts vary at Bonneville Dam

- Numbers are higher than they were when the dam was constructed in the 1930s.

Wheat groups: Make quality count in national yield contest

- The Idaho Wheat Commission, Oregon Wheat Commission, Washington Grain Commission, Idaho Grain Producers Association, Oregon Wheat Growers League and Washington Association of Wheat Growers are asking the National Wheat Foun...

China buying more PNW soft white wheat

- The potential demand for soft white wheat grown in the Pacific Northwest is more than farmers produce, Washington and U.S. Wheat representatives say.