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Capitol Hill

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released a statement about the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill in its first 90 days. "We are making tremendous progress implementing the new farm bill," he said. Several items were executed, such as Supplemental Agriculture Disaster Assistance and changes in the interest rate on Direct Farm Ownership loans. A website on farm bill implementation will keep growers updated. The Economic Research Service also launched a website about the economic implications of new farm bill programs and provisions.

The U.S. Canola Association and the Northern Canola Growers Association are among the more than 100 businesses and organizations that signed a May 29 letter to President Obama protesting the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes for 2014. The group of biodiesel advocates expressed concern that the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to maintain the biodiesel volume at 1.28 billion gallons would result in a sharp drop in production and severely damage the industry’s future. 


Agronomy

Rain is needed for winter canola to succeed in Oklahoma this year, according to the High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal. If dry conditions in the region continue and crops do not receive at least 1 inch of rain per week, farmers will likely need to contact their crop insurance agents, said Gene Neuens of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill. “If a good rain doesn’t come soon, the crop will begin to drop the seed pods,” he explained. “As late as it is in the growing season, it may be too late to regenerate any seed pods if drought causes the crop to drop them instead of having them to fill and mature.”

Clubroot was found in North Dakota late last fall and may be an issue for growers this year, according to North Dakota State University’s spring crop and pest report. The disease has spread across North America since 2003 from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. It stunts plants, turns roots into galls and can increase yield losses. It is a soil-borne pathogen, so it can spread through anything that moves soil, such as equipment and wind.  


Nutrition

Canola oil has many health benefits, wrote cookbook author and registered dietitian Manuel Villacorta in a column on Fox News Latino. Due to its polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, the oil is considered heart-protective, he pointed out. Villacorta recommended replacing saturated fats with canola oil. "It is important to replace sources of saturated or trans fats with heart-healthy oils without increasing your overall daily calorie intake in order to fully reap the health benefits," he emphasized.

Katherine Brooking, a registered dietitian, provided tips for healthy barbecuing in The Huffington Post. When working with meat, she suggested marinating the items to add flavor and tenderize them. "I use canola oil as a base, as its light texture and neutral flavor go perfectly with herbs and spices, plus it's heart-healthy," Brooking wrote. The marinade also reduces cancer-causing compounds that occur from charring.

Preschoolers in the U.S. consume nearly one-third of their total daily calories from solid fats and added sugars, according to the Nestlé Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS) discussed in a Parents.com blog. Nestle's head of nutrition science explained, "Data from (the study) reveals that, as early as 12 to 24 months, children begin to develop some unhealthy dietary patterns that may contribute to childhood obesity." She offered healthy habit changes, such as replacing foods high in saturated fat with foods that contain healthier fats like avocados, fish and those made with canola oil.

Every cooking oil has a time and a place, according to registered dietitian and cookbook author Ellie Krieger in an interview with American Public Media's "The Splendid Table." She suggested using canola oil when you want other ingredient flavors to shine since it is neutral in taste and aroma. Canola oil also has a high smoke point and is high in monounsaturated fat. This type of fat does not break down readily with heat and offers "good health benefits," Krieger said.  


Oil and Seed Around World

A judge in the West Australian Supreme Court ruled in favor of a farmer accused of contaminating his neighbor's crops with genetically modified (GM) canola, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. GM canola farmer Michael Baxter was sued by his neighbor for contaminating his crops, causing the neighbor to lose his organic certification. "Mr. Baxter had not been shown to have acted negligently, either by growing or then by swathing the lawfully grown GM crop in 2010," the judge in the case ruled.

Hudson Canola Oil has initiated a digital campaign to encourage consumers to see the product as a healthy but "fun choice" via an interactive YouTube video series in India, the first of its kind. "We strongly believe that Hudson Canola Oil will soon be the cooking oil of choice for young, modern, health-conscious Indians," said Himani Dalmia, general manager and head of marketing at parent company Dalmia Continental. "Since 2007, we have endeavored to interact with our target audience through every medium possible - both offline and online - to make them aware of the benefits of canola oil."


Latest Industry News

In April 2014, Vermont became the first U.S. state to pass a law requiring labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), according to Delaware Online. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says GMO labeling isn't needed because the nutritional content is the same as non-GMO varieties. But labeling proponents suggest it's a matter of transparency, not technology. There are 85 pending GMO labeling bills in 29 states. At the federal level, the food industry is pushing a House bill that would head off efforts to enact mandatory labeling of GMOs by proposing new voluntary labels nationwide.

Keith Downey, a plant scientist known as the "father" of canola, was nominated for the 2014 Oslo Business for Peace, reported The Star Phoenix. Nominees are chosen based on their ability to demonstrate ethical business practices and peace. Downey has been breeding Brassica oilseed and mustard crops for more than 50 years and he created canola along the way. Canola is now the most valuable grain crop in Canada and its oil is the third most used in the world.

Hart AgStrong LLC will invest $7.3 million in building a canola oilseed processing plant this fall in Trenton, Ky., according to Area Development. The plant will crush and process 150 tons of canola oilseeds per day, with plans to add capacity and a second facility to refine oil by 2017. The company selected the location to be near canola seed farmers in western Kentucky.


About USCA

Registration is now open for the Nov. 4-5, 2014 National Canola Research Conference (NCRC) in conjunction with the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America's annual meetings in Long Beach, Calif. Book your hotel room soon as spots quickly fill up. Attendees of the NCRC are encouraged to submit abstracts to present oral and/or poster presentations about specific topics, including canola end uses and agronomy. Note abstracts are due by June 6.

 


 

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