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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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  • Science Meets Art: In Praise of Modern Plant Breeding
    Posted: 4/28/2016
    Over the last several thousand years, humans have taken a more active role in the evolution of plants by specifically saving and selecting seed from plants that looked, smelled or tasted particularly interesting. The result was the domestication of plants, making it easier to grow and harvest them and become better, more reliable and nutritious sources of food. This same process continues today, though in a more formalized way, using the science and art of plant breeding.
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  • NCGA's 2016 Canola Research Focuses on Disease
    Posted: 3/28/2016
    The Northern Canola Growers Association (NCGA) recognizes that canola research is more important than ever to the crop?s future and this year awarded $220,000 in research grants to nine studies.
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  • Canola Oil Can Help Americans Meet New Dietary Guidelines
    Posted: 1/11/2016
    On Jan. 7, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services issued the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020. There are five primary guidelines; the third specifically calls for limiting calories from saturated fat, which is generally overconsumed by Americans. By replacing sources of saturated fat in the diet, canola oil can help meet this recommendation.
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  • President Obama Signs Omnibus Spending and Tax Legislation
    Posted: 12/23/2015
    On Dec. 18, President Obama signed into law an omnibus appropriations bill and a package of tax provisions, both of which include items of significant interest and impact to farmers and the agricultural industry.
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  • Working with the 'Girls:' Honey Bees and Hybrid Canola Production
    Posted: 12/15/2015
    Pretend for a moment it is an early afternoon in the middle of July in Colorado's San Luis Valley. I'm on my way to visit the honey bee "girls" in the field. We bring 12 to 16 flatbed trucks of hives each year for our program and it is estimated that these honey bees will be responsible for about 85 percent of the pollination of our crop.
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