Capitol Hill

Agronomy

Nutrition

Oil for Fuel

Latest Fun

About the USCA

 




Find us on facebook

Canola Quick Bytes

A supplement to U.S. Canola Digest


Capitol Hill

A University of Missouri Food and Agriculture Policy Institute analysis of the Senate 2012 Farm Bill’s Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) shows that most commodities would receive roughly the same benefits as a percent of total market receipts under the program. This rebuts criticism that ARC favors soybeans and corn at the expense of other crops because of per crop baseline spending shifts. The full Senate is expected to take the bill up this month.


Agronomy

North Dakota canola farmers could make 2012 a record-breaking year. According to Northern Carolina Growers Association (NCGA) Executive Director Barry Coleman, farmers are expected to plant 1.3 million acres or more this spring, compared to their typical 1 million acres. The increase will come after last year’s wet spring cut the amount of usable land to only 850,000 acres. High prices and demand for canola oil are also driving farmers to plant more. North Dakota currently grows about 90 percent of the nation’s canola.

The NCGA is teaming up with the North Central Research Extension Center in Minot, N.D., and the Langdon Research Extension Center in Langdon, N.D., to give canola growers an in-depth tour of canola research projects. The Minot tour on June 28 will cover canola desiccant trial results, volunteer canola control strategies and disease management. The Langdon tour on July 19 will be in conjunction with the Annual Langdon Research Center Field Day. The NCGA will host golf tournaments at the Velva and Langdon Country Clubs following the tours. Registration forms are available on the NCGA website.

Bayer CropScience awarded $32,000 to 12 small community organizations in North Dakota as part of its InVigor® canola “More for Everyone” awards. For every bag of InVigor® canola seed ordered before Feb. 29, the company donated 50 cents towards the reward program. Farmers who ordered their seed by the deadline had the opportunity to nominate deserving organizations from their communities. The winners were chosen by a panel of independent judges. Projects that will be funded by the awards include a storm shelter for Langdon Day Care Center, a greenhouse for the Max Public School District and siding for Big Pembina Lutheran Church in Langdon, N.D.

Maryland dairy farmer Ben Magness took the unusual step of planting 25 acres of canola, which is rarely found in the region. He believes he is the only farmer actively growing canola in Maryland. He wasn’t sure if canola would even grow in the state when he tested it on one acre before investing in an oil-extraction system. Curious passersby stopped to ask questions about and take pictures of the yellow flowers so Magness erected a sign in the field identifying the plants as “oilseed canola.” He presses his own canola seed, using the meal to nourish his own cows. Magness’ ultimate goal is to produce food-grade oil to sell at restaurants and farmer’s markets.


Nutrition

Super fats may help make you super skinny, according to Dr. Mehmet Oz. Five “super fats,” including canola oil, help put you into “fat-burning mode” and make you feel satisfied, he says. Canola oil has the least saturated fat of all cooking oils – half that of olive oil – Oz notes. Chef Franklin Becker adds that canola oil has no flavor so it won’t mask the taste of other ingredients, simply delivering health benefits.   

Chocolate chip cake may sound like an unhealthy indulgence. However, the Huffington Post awarded this recipe with a “healthy profile” thanks to ingredients such as egg whites, whole-wheat flour and canola oil. While the original recipe calls for buttermilk, using “sour milk” (mixing lemon juice and vinegar with milk) is another healthier substitute. 


Oil for Fuel

A Northstar Agri Industries canola plant opened in Hallock, Minn., May 18. The plant will run through mid-July at a reduced capacity to “work the bugs out,” before restarting with a new canola crop in mid-August, according to Northstar Agri Industries President Neil Juhnke. The plant hopes to attract business from Canada with its location just 130 kilometers south of Winnipeg. Juhnke expects to draw in canola from a 145-kilometer radius, which would cover a large area of southern Manitoba.

Michigan elementary school teacher Bill Koucky launched a biodiesel plant to process locally grown canola in May. Koucky’s Northwest Michigan Biodiesel LLC sells the processed oil to local restaurants then buys back the used product to be converted into biodiesel fuel. Koucky hopes to sell his estimated annual yield of 100,000 gallons of clean-burning fuel to local consumers. The plant is no-waste facility and glycerol, the byproduct from processing canola, is used as an animal feed supplement. 


Latest Fun

Enter the fourth annual U.S. Canola Digest photo contest for the opportunity to win cash prizes and have your photo published in the magazine! Check out www.uscanola.com for submission details – and make it snappy! The deadline for submission is Nov. 1, 2012. Winning submissions will be determined in early December and published in the January/February edition of U.S. Canola Digest. It's never too early to start snapping photos to show off the entire canola growing season!


About the USCA

Want to learn more about the U.S. Canola Association (USCA)? Check out the USCA Facebook page for the latest industry news, recipes and all things canola. Become a fan today!

 

Click here to be removed from our email list.