The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction announced last week they failed to reach an agreement on reducing the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years. As a result, the legislation cutting $23 billion from mandatory Farm Bill spending drafted by the Senate and House agriculture committee chairs was not submitted to the Joint Committee. A statement from Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) said their committees will continue to work towards reauthorizing the Farm Bill in the coming months.
The first “dual-purpose forage and grain variety” of winter canola, to be released by K-State Research and Extension, is expected to be available for planting in the fall of 2013, according to Hay & Forage Grower. The article gives general tips on using winter canola for forage, including keeping animals’ rations below 75 percent canola, using smaller younger cattle for trial testing and monitoring the crop for nitrate content before and during grazing.
Bolthouse Farms, a California-based food manufacturer, has revamped its line of salad dressings. The company boasts its dressings now contain 55 percent fewer calories and 75 percent less fat than other brands due to consumer demand for healthier foods. Bolthouse’s vinaigrette line is made in part with canola oil. BioExx Specialty Proteins has published a white paper on how its production process evolved in order to extract food-grade oil and proteins from canola. The company says it is able to produce canola protein free of noxious solvents, which are sometimes byproducts of the production process.
Minneapolis-based Cargill and Germany-based BASF agreed to a multi-year deal where they will develop and commercialize a new, genetically modified canola with omega-3 fat that is the “biochemical equivalent of fish oil,” which research shows has many health benefits. The companies are hoping BASF’s plant engineering capabilities combined with Cargill’s large presence in the food and oils industry can work together to get this product in the market by 2020. First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated a group of students who cooked up tasty ways to promote healthy eating for America’s youth through school lunches. The “Cooking Up Change” contest challenged students to “transform the future of school food” by creating healthy alternatives to traditional school lunches. Heart-healthy canola oil is one of two recommended oils in these recipes!
Oil for the Environment
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture will make available $44.3 billion in funding to more than 150 advanced biofuel producers across the country, including many who make canola biodiesel, to support expansion of the industry. According to the USDA, payments are based on the amount of biofuel a recipient produces.
According to Biodiesel Magazine, 15 to 20 commercial biodiesel facilities near the U.S.-Canadian border can now use Canadian-grown canola as a feedstock. After seven months of extensive review, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cleared Canadian canola for this purpose.
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The Minnesota Canola Council will hold the Canola Profitability & Risk Management Symposium on Dec. 13 in Hallock, Minn., where a number of speakers and exhibitors will be featured, lunch will be served and attendees will tour the nearby NorthStar Agri-Industries canola processing plant, currently under construction.
The U.S. Canola Association announces with great sadness that Denise Maurice, M.Sc., P.Ag., vice president of crop production at the Canola Council of Canada, passed away on Nov. 23. Her career spanned across the Canadian prairies in weed research, crop protection and marketing with Westco, Agricore United and Viterra before her most recent position at the Council. Those wishing to contribute to online comments or memories may do so by e-mailing email@example.com.