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Capitol Hill

After the botched confirmation of Andrew Puzder to labor secretary, candidates for other top jobs in the Trump administration are feeling nervous about their possible posts. That includes Trump's pick for agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue. According to sources close to Perdue, as quoted in Politico, the former Georgia governor is concerned about the lack of contact with White House chief of staff Reince Preibus, as well as the potential for critics to dig up dirt as a nomination lingers.

Agronomy

The farming trend in California is typically to grow warm season crops, those that grow between March and October. But a team of agronomists and scientists at UC Davis have been investigating growing cool season crops—those grown from October to June—in the same locations. What they found, over a period of three growing seasons, is that "canola achieved high yields and seed oil content," according to UC Davis extension agronomist Stephen Kaffka. "Using short to mid-season varieties, grown in winter, could help canola become an economically viable crop in California," Kaffka said.

Nutrition

Looking for a healthy snack you can make at home? Give kale chips a try. Not only is kale low in fat and calories, but it's also packed with vitamins and minerals that make it good for the heart and the eyes. And when you prepare kale chips with canola oil, you're also adding healthy monounsaturated fats that lower bad cholesterol while raising good cholesterol. Plus the antioxidants and phenolic compounds found in canola oil also contribute to your body's defenses against heart disease. For recipes, check out Foods 4 Better Health.

Next time you head to the grocery store, pack this list of heart-healthy items, including beet greens, apples, garlic, and of course, canola oil. That's because canola oil has less saturated fat than any of the other oil kinds, while also being higher in the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid. And while studies have shown that the sterols in the canola plant can lower bad cholesterol, the antioxidants contained therein also reduce inflammation in the body.


Other Country News

Measures to protect bees from pesticide residues in dust from corn, soybean and canola planting appear to be working in Canada. The number of bee death incidents have continued to stay well below the high levels of 2012 and 2013, and the number of bee death incidents linked to sprayed pesticides also dropped last year, according to Health Canada.

Canada's agriculture minister says the country is ready to export more food to China, including beef, blueberries and ice cream. But canola remains Canada's top agricultural export to China, with 2015 figures at two billion Canadian dollars worth of exports, Global Times reported [http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1033257.shtml]. Just last fall, during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Ottawa, the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding that extends exports of canola to year 2020 and provides an approach for producers to address concerns around dockage.

"When we did our survey in 2016, we found blackleg in almost 90 per cent of the fields we looked at," Mike Harding, research scientist in plant pathology with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, told the Alberta Farmer Express. "If we looked harder, we probably could have found it in just about all of them."


Latest Industry News

The Minnesota Canola Council's 2017 Canola School — Go for the Gold: Add Canola to Your Team, Reduce Risks in a Competitive Environment is scheduled for March 6 in St. Hilaire, Minn. The free event begins at 1 p.m. and includes talks on row spacing, disease management, and direct harvesting canola. For more information, contact Beth Nelson at 651-638-9883 or visit the council's website at mncanola.org.

About the USCA

Visit the USCA website to read our latest blog—Trump appointees and initiatives debated ‘ag' nauseam—authored by Tom Hance, a policy expert at Gordley Associates in Washington, D.C. Hance discusses Trump's cabinet, including the secretary of agriculture vacancy, as well as budget proposals that could affect farm and agricultural operations.

Last night, the USCA hosted its 13th annual "Canola on Capitol Hill" reception in Washington, D.C., as part of its annual membership and board of directors meeting that ends today.

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The U.S. Canola Association (USCA) is a non-profit commodity organization whose mission is to increase domestic canola production to meet a growing demand for healthy oil. It promotes the establishment and maintenance of conditions favorable to growing, marketing, processing and using U.S. canola.

Canola oil has the least saturated fat and most omega-3 fat of all cooking oils, making it one of the healthiest edible oils in the world. Combined with its light texture, neutral taste and high heat tolerance, canola oil can be used in a wide variety of culinary applications.

What's good for the heart is also good for the engine; canola oil can help power vehicles as part of renewable fuel. In addition, the crop's high-protein meal provides energy for livestock, poultry and fish.