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Capitol Hill

The 2012 Farm Bill was reported out of the Senate Agriculture Committee on April 26 by a 16-5 vote. The proposed bill would save $23 billion over 10 years and reforms agriculture policy by consolidating nearly 100 programs, combining four commodity programs into one. The legislation is expected to be considered on the Senate floor this month. The House Agriculture Committee is also working on the farm bill and holding a series of hearings both in the field and Washington, D.C. The Committee expects that the mark-up will be completed upon conclusion of the hearings on May 18.

The Senate Appropriations Committee reported out FY 2013 Agriculture Appropriations on April 26 by a 28-1 vote. Included in the legislation is $825,000 for Supplemental and Alternative Crops, a competitive research grant program administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture that funds canola research.

Congressional members from North Dakota met with state agricultural leaders in April to discuss farm bill legislation. The bipartisan plan combines several current programs into one that’s simpler and more effective, according to the North Dakota leaders. State farmers emphasized that crop insurance needs to be the top priority. Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad ensured producers that their provision will make crop insurance better by offering a supplemental coverage option and reducing the nation’s deficit by $23 billion in the next 10 years. The main challenge, they said, will be getting farmers in the south on board with the plan.

On April 26, the U.S. Labor Department announced the complete withdrawal of the proposed rule on child labor in agriculture, including a possible narrowing of the parental exemption for children working on family farms. Instead, the Departments of Labor and Agriculture plan to partner with farm organizations, Future Farmers of America and 4-H groups to develop an educational program to help reduce farm accidents involving youth.


Agronomy

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted two patents to Burcon NutraScience Corporation for the production of canola protein isolates SuperteinTM and NutrateinTM. Supertein contains higher levels of the sulfur amino acids cysteine and methionine and will be used for food items such as beverages, desserts and protein bars. Nutratein contains the storage proteins napin and cruciferin and will be used in animal feed and aquaculture applications.

Canola rotations have been getting shorter over the past several years, especially in black and grey soil zones, according to a report by a Saskatchewan oilseed specialist. A one-year break between canola crops is becoming more common, although the recommended rotation for canola is once every three to four years. The report also explains that growing canola on canola can result in 10 to 15 percent lower yields.


Nutrition

Canola oil is now a part of a major breakthrough in cancer research. Published in the April 2012 issue of Cancer Prevention Research, a Rutgers University study states two forms of vitamin E found in products like canola oil may have cancer-fighting properties. "Our message is that the vitamin E form of gamma-tocopherols, the most abundant form of vitamin E in the American diet, and delta-tocopherols, also found in vegetable oils, are beneficial in preventing cancers," said Chung S. Yang, director of the Center for Cancer Prevention Research at Rutgers.

Feasting on fruits and vegetables may not be the only way to consume antioxidants, reported ABC News. A study from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania suggests that one serving of popcorn could have more antioxidants than the average American’s daily intake of fruits and vegetables. Instead of using butter, mist popcorn with a touch of healthy oil like canola (which is a good source of the antioxidant vitamin E) to help spices and herbs stick. 

Nutritionists at Oklahoma State University recommend using healthy oils such as canola oil for cooking to cut solid fat from the diet. They also recommend using lean cuts of meat with little fat, choosing low-fat or fat-free dairy products and eating a variety of protein sources such as nuts, beans and eggs.


Oil for Fuel

Canada’s canola crushers are processing the oilseed at a record pace. The Canadian Oilseed Processors Association reports Canadian canola processors have crushed almost 4.6 million tonnes of seed this year – ahead of last year’s record of 6.3 million tonnes. The increase in demand is in response to rising popularity of canola oil in the U.S. commercial food market. It also follows the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's approval of the use of Canadian canola in U.S. biodiesel.

Latest Fun

Canola oil just got a bit more glamorous. The Food Network’s “Chopped All-Stars” winner and host of the Cooking Channel’s “United Tastes of America,” Jeffrey Saad, appeared on NBC Universal’s “Access Hollywood Live” with his Grilled Corn with Cilantro Pesto & Cotija Cheese. He uses canola oil to make the pesto in this Mexican-inspired recipe. Hola, canola!

About Canola

Want to learn more about the healthiest cooking oil? CanolaInfo recently produced an informational video about canola oil, detailing its health benefits, versatility and affordability.

 

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