Funding and Administration
The U.S. Canola Association (USCA) represents canola producers, seed companies, processors and end-use manufacturers across the country. It has been successful each year since 1993 in obtaining Congressional support for a nationally coordinated, regionally managed canola research and education program.
Five regions have been established based on differing research needs:
Each region is required to demonstrate regional support from state and/or private sources.
In each region, USDA and university scientists serve on Technical Advisory Committees and representatives of the canola industry serve on Industry Advisory Committees. These committees have identified regional priorities and review and recommend projects for funding. Proposals that address the priorities and meet the highest scientific and educational criteria are selected. A lead institution in each region administers the program.
USCA is coordinating administration of this appropriation with the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) at USDA. A National Administrative Council is coordinating the activities of the regional committees. The Council includes the chairperson of each regional council, one industry representative from each region, two USCA representatives, and an official of the Office of Special Programs, CSREES.