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A supplement to U.S. Canola Digest


Capitol Hill

On May 31, the House Agriculture Appropriations Committee passed its draft FY 2012 spending bill that would fund discretionary spending at $17.2 billion – a reduction of $2.6 billion (13.4%) from FY 2011. On the mandatory side, amendments were passed that would reduce the AGI limit for farm subsidies to $250,000 from $750,000 and use cotton direct payments to fund the $143 million the U.S. owes Brazil for damages to its cotton farmers. On the discretionary side, the bill reduces agricultural research by $354 million, prohibits funding for salaries and expenses to carry out two Energy Title programs (Biomass Crop Assistance Program and Rural Energy for America Program) and reduces funding for the Bioenergy Program in FY 2012 by $50 million.

The Federal Communications Commission has granted a conditional waiver to LightSquared, a company that plans to transmit satellite and terrestrial signals through thousands of new ground stations for a 4G network that would be a billion or more times powerful than GPS. This could cause severe interference for millions of GPS users. Corporate and governmental agricultural groups, including the U.S. Canola Association, have petitioned for the reversal of this waiver since farmers use GPS in precision agriculture to improve planting efficiency and increase crop yields.

Agronomy

Despite efforts by the Northern Canola Growers Association (NCGA) to request a 10-day planting extension, planting dates remained the same in the region this spring, reported Farm & Ranch Guide. The NCGA asked for the extension due to very wet and muddy conditions; the group will continue to try and adjust the planting dates for next canola season. NCGA Executive Director Barry Coleman said a drop in canola acreage is expected this season due to the unfavorable conditions.

Nutrition

Run away with canola oil … sports dietitians in the June 2011 Runner’s World said the good fats and antioxidants in heart-healthy oils are very beneficial to runners – by consuming them in moderation, your body can better absorb vitamins and reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Canola oil in particular has a significant amount of vitamin E, which reduces free radical damage, and the least amount of saturated fat of all cooking oils. Barbara Lewin, R.D., recommends it as a butter and shortening replacement in baking recipes.

Food Processing magazine reported that consumers are interested in healthier snacks, prompting foodmakers to use healthier oils. They want “to achieve oils and shortening functionality with increased levels of mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids and minimal levels of saturated and trans fatty acids,” noted Roger Daniels, director of research & development, Bunge Oils. Canola and high-oleic canola oils are two solutions.

CanolaInfo launched a “Go Fish with Canola Oil” recipe and video collection by Carla Hall, finalist on Bravo-TV’s “Top Chef” Seasons 5 and 8 and All-Stars Fan Favorite in March 2011. Her dishes feature heart-healthy halibut, salmon, trout and tuna with different cooking methods but the common ingredient of canola oil. For turf instead of surf, try celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s Ribeye with Goat Cheese, Meyer Lemon-Honey Mustard and Watercress, for which he recommends coating the sides of the steak with canola oil for a nice golden brown color and slightly charred texture.

Oil for the Environment

In the Pacific Northwest, scientists with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service are collaborating with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Pacific Northwest Indian Coalition to plant winter canola for use in biodiesel production. Local tribes plan to purchase canola seed from farmers to process it into biodiesel, then sell resulting canola meal back to the farmers as a protein supplement in cattle feed and use biodiesel to run logging trucks and other vehicles.

Latest Industry News

A new icing shortening, Ice-It, made with canola oil, was launched by Richardson Oilseed at the Baking Association of Canada’s Congress 2011. The non-hydrogenated, trans fat-free shortening is ideal for butter cream and ready-to-use icings and fillings and contains 25 percent less saturated fat than products high in palm oil.

Bunge recently brought its Mobile Oil Experts (MOE) team and mobile cooking unit to life science students at Anne M. Dorner Middle School in Ossining, N.Y., to give cooking demos and nutrition lessons. Menu items included low-sodium, low-fat turkey breakfast sandwiches and a fresh fruit parfait with granola – all made with canola oil. Bunge’s MOE team travels to science classes and culinary schools around the country to educate students about healthy food preparation.

About the USCA

The deadline for U.S. Canola Digest’s annual “Lights, Camera, Canola!” contest is approaching quickly. Test your amateur photography skills and submit your best shot – close-up, panoramic, aerial, whatever you’ve got – by Aug. 1. For more information, official contest rules and to see an image gallery of previous winners, visit the U.S. Canola Assocation website.

 

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