The U.S. Canola Association (USCA) wrote to state departments of agriculture on July 23 to increase awareness about the quality differentials of oil and meal derived from canola seed, industrial rapeseed and other members of the Brassica family. According to the letter, there is a “need to keep canola and its crush products segregated from industrial rapeseed and its crush products.” The USCA recommended that identity-preserved or closed loop production systems be officially enforced with continual quality control checks for any industrial rapeseed produced or processed in each state.
The House is scheduled to vote on a $300 million agricultural disaster package on Aug. 2 to assist livestock producers affected by this year’s ongoing drought. Offsets will come from cuts to the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and Conservation Stewardship Program. Rather than take up the 2012 Farm Bill, which included disaster aid, the House leadership decided to attach disaster assistance to an extension of the 2008 Farm Bill, but fell back to the stand-alone bill when it became clear votes were not there to pass the extension.