National Canola Research Program

In 1993, Congress appropriated funds to establish a nationally coordinated research program for the emerging U.S. canola industry. The National Canola Research Program (NCRP) is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture and includes five U.S. canola-growing regions (North Central, Great Plains, Pacific Northwest, South and Midwest). Grants are awarded competitively each year.

Since its inception, the NCRP has fostered cooperation between participating universities and the private sector. This approach is uniquely suited to the development of canola research efforts and production systems across the county. The NCRP demonstrates how modest federal research support can be efficiently targeted to achieve a national goal through regional efforts. Each region looks for ways to increase U.S. canola producion through research on insect, disease and weed control; best management practices; genetics and breeding; and other areas that may increase canola yield and acreage.

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.

The Federal Research Portfolio Available to Support the Canola Industry, 2017

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