In the July 21 National Journal, agricultural columnist Jerry Hagstrom praises House Agriculture Committee Chair Frank Lucas for "putting in a stellar performance" as he tries to get the 2013 Farm Bill through a sharply partisan Congress. However, Hagstrom argues that the bill should have roots in "old laws" and separating it from food and nutrition programs could prove to be detrimental. "It's important to remembser that these are bad ideas even if they come from Lucas, who has otherwise distinguished himself," he writes. "As [Executive Director of the U.S. Canola Association] John Gordley told the American Soybean Association (one of his clients), the problem with changing permanent laws is that if farmers don't like the changes they will be difficult to change again."
Eight-year-old Nicholas Hornbostel may be the youngest guest of First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. He was invited to the White House Kids' State Dinner July 9 for winning Obama's 2013 Epicurious Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. The Colorado native's sushi salad recipe, which contains canola oil, was one of 54 recipes selected out of more than 1,300 submissions. The competition called for coming up with a healthy lunch recipe that included all the food groups without sacrificing taste. "I really want to be a cook and an engineer and be president, too," Hornbostel says.