Canadian canola meal shipments to the U.S. rose 17 percent from August through October 2010, Reuters reported, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) looks to ease restrictions on imports of animal feed with Salmonella bacteria. The FDA posted a draft policy on its website last August that would limit its enforcement actions against animal feed shipments with Salmonella to those containing a few types of the bacteria known to cause disease in animals and poultry. In late 2010, Reuters reported that the FDA dropped ADM's canola crushing plant in Windsor, Ontario, from its list of plants on import alert.
The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has indicated it will immediately begin issuing phytosanitary certificates for shipments of all vegetable oils bound for China. APHIS has been issuing provisional phytosanitary certificates for soybean oil since June 2010 as it continues to negotiate a reversal of this requirement imposed by China in April 2009. This announcement means that canola and other vegetable oils that were being excluded from the Chinese market during these negotiations will now be eligible for shipment.
The USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would reward farmers participating in the federal crop insurance program for good performance. Under the program, payment amounts would vary by producer and be based on each qualified producer's history in the program. The RMA estimated that the average refund amount per producer this year will be $1,000. The program is intended to be available before the spring planting season.