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  • USCA Pushes for Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension
    Posted: 3/29/2019
    The U.S. Canola Association (USCA), along with other biodiesel industry stakeholders, continues to lobby Congress to reinstate the biodiesel blenders tax credit. The $1 per gallon credit for biodiesel and renewable diesel expired at the end of 2017, and while a bill that would have extended it seven years was passed by the House last December, it was not acted on by the Senate before Congress adjourned for the year.
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  • Shut Down Government Foolishness
    Posted: 3/1/2019
    The country?s longest government shutdown in history came to a sputtering close on Jan. 25, costing the U.S. economy an estimated $6 billion and a wave of anxiety among Americans from TSA agents to national park workers to, yes, canola producers. Lawmakers agreed to reopen the government for 21 days to try to reach a deal with President Trump ? and they succeeded in keeping the government functioning ? but the quagmire around border security remains.
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  • Glyphosate Safety: Facts vs. Fiction
    Posted: 3/1/2019
    On Feb. 25, 2019, the first case in the federal multidistrict litigation In re Roundup Products Liability Litigation (MDL) before Judge Vince Chhabria went to trial in San Francisco. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in most Roundup® brand herbicides and other weed-control products.
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  • 'Bee' Aware: USCA Issues Best Management Practices for Pollinator Health
    Posted: 2/28/2019
    Bees love canola and canola loves bees. That's why canola farmers and beekeepers have a vested interest in cooperating and protecting bees as much as possible. To this end, the U.S. Canola Association (USCA) - in partnership with the Honey Bee Health Coalition - is issuing "Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Pollinator Health in Canola Fields" with related materials for growers and beekeepers.
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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 Ready® 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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