Matthew Weaver

Washington/Idaho Reporter
Weaver, Matthew

WSU to break ground for new plant science building

- The $52 million-plus research building will be completed in the year 2020.

New WSU ag dean: ‘I hope this is my forever home’

- André-Denis Wright, new dean of Washington State University’s College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, spoke to farmers during the Lind Field Day at WSU’s dryland research station.

Longtime Spokane truck company closes after 50 years

- Arlo Huber & Son Inc., in Spokane Valley, Wash., closed its doors May 31 after 50 years. Owner Mark Huber says it’s harder to find drivers, more customers are buying their own trucks or relying on grain trains.

Crunch time: When combines go rogue

- Longtime Lind, Wash., event means survival for small town.

Miller ‘right chairman at right time’ for U.S. Wheat

- Ritzville, Wash., wheat farmer Mike Miller winds up several years of leadership at the Washington Grain Commission and U.S. Wheat Associates with the U.S. Wheat annual meeting in Seattle.

Ranchers will ask Trump, Congress to reinstate COOL after lawsuit dismissal

- Ranchers say they will ask the Trump administration and Congress to reinstate country of origin labeling after a federal judge dismissed their lawsuit against the USDA but found evidence the lack of labeling had damaged the...

State FSA leader to ranchers: Have faith in Trump

- Brian Dansel, executive director of the Washington state office of USDA Farm Service Agency, asked ranchers to keep their faith in President Donald Trump during a Spokane County Cattlemen meeting in Airway Heights, Wash. Tr...

Walla Walla sweet onion harvest kicks off this weekend

- Walla Walla sweet onion harvest starts this weekend, says Michael J. Locati, chairman of the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Marketing Committee.

Washington Grain Commission approves $6.33 million budget

- Washington Grain Commission board members boosted funding for marketing to address potential trade uncertainty.

Wheat enters risk period for starch damage in late June

- Big temperature fluctuations are a risk to wheat when it enters the flowering stage in late June to mid-July.

U.S. Wheat on tariff turmoil: Patience starting to run out

- U.S. Wheat Associates Chairman Mike Miller, a Ritzville, Wash., farmer, says the wheat industry is vulnerable to retaliation from overseas buyers. “We don’t have a single gun in the fight.”

First Columbia River Treaty talks ‘very productive’

- The next round of negotiations will be next August in British Columbia.

Podcasts another way for farmers to tell their story

- Podcasts can reach other farmers — and an urban audience.

Farmer says geese cause $10,000 in wheat damage

- Othello, Wash., farmer Ross Fox estimates geese caused $10,000 in damage to his wheat crop, drawn to a swampland created by a leak in nearby U.S. Bureau of Reclamation canals.

Feds study options for managing dams on Columbia, Snake rivers

- The agencies are weighing 13 options in an effort to develop a preferred alternative.

New CAHNRS dean to meet growers at Lind Field Day

- André-Denis Wright will meet with growers during Washington State University’s annual field day June 14 at the dryland research station in Lind, Wash.

Wheat Marketing Center seeks new technical director

- The Wheat Marketing Center in Portland is looking for a new technical director. Gary Hou departed April 30 after more than 22 years with the center. Executive director Janice Cooper says stakeholders are identifying priorit...

WSU crop tours offer sneak peek at varieties

- Washington State University’s crop tour season begins June 6 in the Horse Heaven Hills.

Raffle offers chance to compete in Lind combine demolition derby

- Lind Lions Club members are offering a chance to compete in the final round of the annual combine demolition derby June 8-10. Proceeds from the annual event go back into the community, said club member Josh Knodel.

Work begins on 204-acre solar farm in Washington

- Local officials celebrated the groundbreaking for a 204-acre solar farm in Lind, Wash.

Wheat growers push back against Farm Bill critics

- Montana State University economics professor Vincent Smith spoke during a May 23 Washington Policy Center conference in Spokane.

Golf tournament to raise funds for Washington FFA Foundation

- The Washington FFA Foundation is holding its first golf tournament to raise $24,000 for state officer outreach and member recruitment and retention.

County hopes wastewater treatment facility attracts food processors

- Adams County officials hope a new industrial wastewater treatment plant and water reuse facility will lead to recruiting several niche food processing companies.

Hulbert named interim associate dean of research at WSU

- Scot Hulbert recently took over as interim associate dean of research and director of the Agriculture Research Cener at Washington State University. Hulbert says his priorities include working with incoming agriculture coll...

Public hearings set on second Sandpoint railroad bridge

- Idaho Department of Public Lands hosts meetings May 23 in Ponderay and Sandpoint for a proposed second bridge to improve BNSF railway flow.

$1.9 million in federal funding earmarked for Columbia Basin Project

- The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation funding program includes $2 million for work on the Columbia Basin Project, including $750,000 for Odessa groundwater replacement.

New Washington president: ‘FFA has been my everything’

- New Washington FFA president Sadie Aronson, of Buckley, Wash., says the organization has been a gateway for her future and she can’t wait to return the favor. About 3,013 people attended the final session of the stat...

Rancher Joe Lemire remembered for his integrity

- Dayton, Wash., rancher Joe Lemire died May 5. He is remembered by livestock industry members for his integrity and perseverance in a legal conflict with the state Department of Ecology.

State says wolf recovery plan working, halfway to delisting

- Washington Fish and Wildlife officials say the wolf recovery plan is working and halfway to its requirements to declassify them as an endangered species. Commissioners Kim Thorburn and Jay Kiehne say they want to know if th...

Stripe rust found in Eastern Washington

- USDA research geneticist Xianming Chen said he’s found low occurrences of stripe rust in Eastern Washington.

Davis: Wolf advisory group needs NE Washington ranchers

- Tom Davis, a member of the wolf advisory group and director of government relations for the Washington Farm Bureau, doesn’t think Northeast cattle ranchers have a specific representative.

Showtime highlights Spokane Junior Livestock Show

- Hard work pays off for youths participating in the annual Junior Livestock Show of Spokane.

Japan millers, Washington Grain Commission sign letter of intent on club wheat

- Flour millers were greeted by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Washington State University officials, researchers and commission members during a letter of intent signing ceremony on the WSU campus.

Touchet FFA sells shirts to benefit Oklahoma farmers impacted by wildfires

- Touchet, Wash., FFA members are selling T-shirts to benefit Oklahoma farmers and ranchers impacted by wildfires. The shirts will be on display and for sale during the state convention in Pullman, Wash.

Standing water damages wheat, delays spring planting in north Idaho

- Standing water is damaging winter wheat and delaying spring planting.

Animal, feed costs up for Junior Livestock Show participants

- Costs are up for youth participating in the Junior Livestock Show of Spokane. Manager Lynn Cotter says some of the students wouldn’t otherwise learn about “everyday” agriculture without 4-H and FFA prog...

Negotiator confident common ground can be found on Columbia River Treaty

- Negotiators on the Columbia River Treaty with Canada are slated to begin work later this year.

Dam protection bill passes House, moves to Senate

- HR 3144 passed the House of Representatives 225-189 and now goes to the Senate.

Washington festival increases asparagus awareness

- Asparagus Fest and Brews hopes to educate the public about Washington’s asparagus season, typically from April 1 to mid-June.

Taiwan makes first purchase of western white wheat in three years

- The Asian nation recently purchased the blend of soft white wheat and club wheat after three years of purchasing only soft white wheat.

Northwest ports seek federal funding for maintenance

- Kristin Meira, executive director of the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, says the maintenance helps keep U.S. exports competitive overseas.