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  • Hot, Hot, Hot: Use of Biologicals on Crops
    Posted: 1/30/2019
    Interest in agricultural biologicals is increasing and the numbers are showing it: the biological industry grew to $6.2 billion in 2018. Inoculants on soybeans have been used for hundreds of years and we are just now starting to expand the use of beneficial bacteria and other organisms beyond Rhizobium species. As we learn more about soil bacteria, we also see the potential of new species to improve the health and vigor of crop plants.
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  • New NAFTA, Trade War, Oh My! Trade Issues Impacting You
    Posted: 12/27/2018
    On Nov. 30, the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) Agreement was officially signed by North American leaders at the G-20 Summit in Buenos Aires. However, each country has to get their respective legislatures to approve it before it officially goes into effect.
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  • National Canola Research Conference Serves Up "Spicy" Topics
    Posted: 11/29/2018
    From proof of health benefits to reports on canola production in Canada, Australia and Brazil to ways to improve growing canola in various U.S. regions, the 5th National Canola Research Conference (NCRC) "planted" great facts and stats in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 5-6, 2018.
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  • High-Oleic Canola Oil Eligible for Heart-Healthy Claim
    Posted: 11/26/2018
    High-Oleic Canola Oil Eligible for New Qualified Health Claim
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  • Mid-Term Election Results Bode Well for 2018 Farm Bill
    Posted: 11/8/2018
    While the results of the Congressional mid-term elections had been widely expected, they should accelerate efforts by Agriculture Committee leaders to finish the 2018 Farm Bill before the 115th Congress adjourns in December.
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  • No Swather? No Problem: Straight-Cutting Canola Gains Popularity
    Posted: 10/30/2018
    In the last five years or so, the way canola is harvested has shifted dramatically. Canola has traditionally been cut with a swather and placed in a windrow to cure and dry down the seed. But today, with pod shatter-resistant varieties and overall varietal improvement in shatter tolerance, straight-cutting canola is more popular than ever.
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  • NBB Fuels Biodiesel Promotion
    Posted: 9/27/2018
    The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) was active last summer in urging Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to increase biomass-based diesel and advanced volumes.
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  • Farm Bill Unlikely Before Lame Duck Session
    Posted: 9/27/2018
    With the end of Fiscal Year 2018 on September 30 (this Sunday), time will run out on the Agricultural Act of 2014. Major programs including crop insurance and SNAP (food stamps) will continue because they are permanently authorized and funded. The 2014 Act also provides funding through the marketing year for 2018 program crops, but the dairy program will expire at the end of December.
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  • National Canola Research Conference Coming to Baltimore
    Posted: 7/29/2018
    If you've been wondering what canola researchers been up to the past four years, you're about to find out at the National Canola Research Conference (NCRC) in Baltimore, Md. Nov. 5-6.
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  • New Technology for Canola Growers Coming to Market in 2019
    Posted: 6/29/2018
    U.S canola growers will have the opportunity to improve their weed control and yield potential with Monsanto?s next generation canola trait-- TruFlex canola with Roundup ReadyŽ technology--in time for spring planting in 2019.
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  • Work Continues on Capitol Hill for Honey Bee Habitat
    Posted: 5/31/2018
    The U.S. Canola Association's (USCA's) work continues with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) along with the National Sunflower Association (NSA), American Honey Producers Association (AHPA) and American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) --to improve honey bee and pollinator habitat on U.S. farms.
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  • Canola Optimism Remains After Never-Ending Minnesota Winter
    Posted: 4/27/2018
    The winter of 2017-18 tested even the hardiest of Minnesotans. With the mid-April blizzard, which left parts of the state with up to two feet of snow, it was Minnesota's snowiest April on record ? and made farmers who have other things on their minds this time of year antsy.
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  • Improving Canola Production in the Pacific Northwest and Great Plains
    Posted: 4/2/2018
    Researchers from the University of Idaho, Washington State University, Oregon State University and Montana State University have completed the first three years of an ongoing research project funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program. Our research goal is simple: To increase grower profitability and sustainability of winter and spring canola production throughout the Pacific Northwest (PNW) so we can substantially increase canola acreage and production in the region.
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  • Farm Groups Sweet on Improving Honey Bee Health
    Posted: 2/28/2018
    Varroa mites first arrived in the United States about 20 years ago, and in just two decades, they have had a devastating impact on honey bees. Consider how you would cope with several rat-sized, blood-sucking parasites attached to your body, feeding on you and infecting you with numerous life-threatening viruses. This is the plague honey bees are facing today.
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  • Calling for Canola Research Applications
    Calling for Canola Research Applications

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    Posted: 2/23/2018
    The Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program supports the development of canola as a viable supplemental and alternative crop in the United States. Its goal is to significantly increase canola production and/or acreage by developing and testing superior germplasm; improving methods of planting, cultivation and harvesting; and transferring new knowledge to producers as soon as practicable. Extension, education, and communication activities related to the research areas above must be addressed in proposals. Total program funding is $767,000. The deadline for 2018 applications is Wednesday, April 18. https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/supplemental-and-alternative-crops-sacc


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