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  • Already Time for Another Farm Bill?
    Posted: 8/29/2017
    Most farmers mark the passing years with references to crop years. "1977 was the year we were hailed out. 1988, now that drought had to rival those our elders suffered through during the Dirty Thirties. 1999, who knew prices could go so low! 2010, a bumper crop and great prices!"
    The aggies who work on agricultural issues in Washington D.C. use a different but similar measurement to mark the passage of time: the farm bill.
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  • Canola Research in North Dakota Grows Strong
    Posted: 7/30/2017
    The Northern Canola Growers Association (NCGA) has been hard at work over the past few years to expand research and initiatives supporting canola in the Northern Plains. It allocates a significant portion of its funds to public research in canola in areas of highest importance to growers.
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  • Cargill and BASF Offer a New Source for Omega-3s
    Posted: 6/28/2017
    Omega-3 fatty acids are in high demand. Research has shown that some of their nutritional benefits include decreasing triglycerides and the risk of abnormal heartbeats, even slightly lowering blood pressure levels. But the heightened demand continues to pressure wild fish populations that are harvested to produce fish meal and fish oil for aquafeed ? these are the primary sources of omega-3 fatty acids used to grow healthy (and tasty) salmon.
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  • President Proposes, Congress Disposes: But What Exactly is in That Budget?
    Posted: 5/31/2017
    Rural America may be having second thoughts about predominantly casting a vote for President Trump as he continued to slash agricultural funding in May. His FY 2018 budget, ?A New Foundation for American Greatness,? proposes $3.6 trillion in cuts over 10 years, including $228 billion in reductions to farm bill programs.
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  • Federal Research Committed to Canola Industry
    Posted: 4/26/2017
    The increase in canola oil use is well documented, but U.S. production has not kept pace with consumption. Luckily, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and canola industry are engaged in supporting research to improve canola productivity and profitability in ways that will lead to expanded production around the country.
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  • Federal Budget 'Trumps' Rural America
    Posted: 3/26/2017
    Rural America helped swing the election in Donald Trump's favor. But at first glance, he doesn't appear to be returning the favor with his proposed budget.

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  • NIFA Announces Nearly $770,000 for Canola Research
    Posted: 3/5/2017
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of up to $766,000 for fundamental and applied research to help develop and share new commercial canola varieties and products, and expand the crop's growing regions. This funding is made available through NIFA's Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive grants program.
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  • Trump Appointees and Initiatives Debated 'Ag' Nauseam
    Posted: 2/22/2017
    The Administration of President Donald Trump has officially begun and everyone in D.C. is buzzing. The early days suggest it will indeed be a new paradigm-- one that is unconventional in style, substance and process. The cabinet is beginning to take shape as the Senate works through the process of confirming nominees --but no cabinet is complete without the Secretary of Agriculture, currently still vacant.
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  • Pacific Northwest Canola Growers Association: The Time is Right
    Posted: 1/18/2017
    Not long after joining the Washington Oilseed Cropping Systems (WOCS) project at Washington State University 10 years ago, I had the good fortune of meeting a farmer in eastern Washington who had been growing canola for more than 20 years.
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  • Kansas Producers Expect to Capitalize on Canola
    Posted: 10/29/2016
    Don't look now, but more yellow flowers may be popping up across Kansas, and they are not of the sunflower variety, which is the official state flower.
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  • Making a Case for Canola in the Southern Great Plains
    Posted: 10/2/2016
    Making a Case for Canola in the Southern Great Plains
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  • Policies Emerging on Low-Level Presence of Biotech Crops
    Posted: 8/30/2016
    Challenges have arisen through a combination of unpredictable and asynchronous approvals between import and export markets and the lack of clear policies governing instances of low-level presence (LLP) of unapproved biotech products. LLP refers to the presence of biotech products approved in a country of export but not import, while adventitious presence refers to the presence of biotech products not yet approved in either jurisdiction.
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  • Interest in Canola Increases in Willamette Valley
    Posted: 7/29/2016
    The 2016 canola harvest has all but wrapped up in Oregon?s Willamette Valley and it was another good year ? fields averaged 3,000 pounds per acre. But more importantly, it was another year of successful rotational crops for Willamette Valley farmers.
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  • More Washington State Growers Choose Canola, Seek Advice on Blackleg
    Posted: 7/5/2016
    Interest in canola as a rotation crop in the cereal-dominated cropping systems of the Pacific Northwest continues to increase, particularly with depressed wheat prices, and with steady demand from the Pacific Coast Canola processing facility in Warden, Wash. The Crucifer Quarantine enacted last fall, however, has prompted many questions and requests for advice about blackleg from growers and industry.
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  • No Summer Break for Biodiesel Policy: Industry Argues Time is Now to Expand
    Posted: 6/9/2016
    While many policy matters are on idle as we enter the heat of summer and this election year, biodiesel policy issues are not slowing down. On May 27, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the proposed rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements, including the volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for 2018 and the total advanced biofuels volumes for 2017 and 2018.
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