Demand for canola continues to increase primarily due to rising public demand for healthy cooking oil. The U.S. Canola Association is committed to expanding domestic production of canola and helping the U.S. become a reliable supplier of one of the world's healthiest oils through public and private research programs, including the:
- National Canola Research Program, a federally funded, regionally managed competitive grant system that addresses regional growing challenges and opportunities.
- National Sclerotinia Initiative, a consortium of federal and state university scientists working to neutralize sclerotinia's economic threat to canola, sunflowers, soybeans, dry edible beans, chickpeas, lentils and dry peas. Sclerotinia, also known as "stem rot" or "white mold," is a disease affecting all of these crops.
- National Canola Research Conference, which brings together public and private researchers, growers and industry representatives every three years for the presentation of new agronomic and nutrition research.