On Sept. 30, the 2008 Farm Bill governing many of our nation’s farm policies expired and the 2012 Farm Bill needed to replace it is still bottled up in Congress. While the Senate and House Agriculture Committees passed versions of the new farm bill, the full House was unable to do so. Expiration of the farm bill has terminated a number of important programs and will adversely affect many farmers and ranchers as well as ongoing market development and conservation efforts. The U.S. Canola Association (USCA) was one of 14 agricultural groups to issue a statement about the impact of not having an active farm bill.
The USCA also submitted comments to the Oregon Department of Agriculture in favor of its proposed rule to allow limited and controlled canola production in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. This acreage would help reduce the national deficit in canola production, which has never come close to matching demand. In 2012, it’s estimated that the U.S. will import over 70 percent of its canola oil consumed and consumption is expected to continue to rise exponentially. The Washington Post noted that the flap in Oregon over canola production also involves organic food lovers and biodiesel advocates.