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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
  • USCA on Deregulation of Nuseed Biotech Canola
    Posted: 2/22/2018
    The U.S. Canola Association (USCA) is concerned about Nuseed Americas Inc.'s Petition for Determination of Nonregulated Status of Canola Genetically Engineered for Altered Oil Profile.
  • Canola Oil Study Does Not Prove Alzheimer's Disease
    Posted: 12/21/2017
    The U.S. Canola Association cautions consumers about the misinterpretation of results in the study, "Effect of canola oil consumption on memory, synapse and neuropathology in the triple transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer's disease," by Elisabetta Lauretti and Dominico Pratico at Temple University. It was published Dec. 7 in Scientific Reports -- an online, open access journal.
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  • No Evidence of Canola Oil Link to Alzheimer's Disease in Humans
    Posted: 12/20/2017
    No Evidence of Canola Oil Link to Alzheimer's Disease in Humans
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  • Farm Bill Funding May Test Traditional Alliances
    Posted: 11/27/2017
    As talks continue on the 2018 Farm Bill, the current state of the U.S. farm economy has prompted farm organizations to encourage the House and Senate Agriculture Committees to write the legislation in a way that helps farmers better respond to shifting market conditions. These tactics range in their scope and approach, but all involve the same concept: increased spending.
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  • Opportunities Abound for U.S. Biodiesel Industry
    Posted: 10/31/2017
    A mentor in graduate school would refer to every obstacle or challenge faced as an opportunity. Using his philosophy, the biodiesel industry has had its fair share of 'opportunities' in 2017.

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  • Restricted Canola Acreage Continues in Oregon's Willamette Valley
    Posted: 9/28/2017
    The 2017 canola harvest in the Willamette Valley will be remembered as cold and wet--not ideal canola-growing conditions. But for regional canola growers, such conditions represent an important opportunity to grow a beneficial rotation crop.
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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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