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Capitol Hill

The U.S. Canola Association (USCA) and 29 other grain and agricultural associations signed a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation regarding the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s notice of proposed rulemaking that would create new standards and operating controls for trains and tank cars transporting class 3 flammable liquids. The signees are concerned the new regulations will increase rail congestion, strain the capacity of rail tank car builders and repair shops, and impose severe economic harm to U.S. agriculture, which depends on freight rail service.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced key dates for risk management programs, including Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). Until Feb. 27, 2015, farmland owners can visit their FSA office to update yield history and/or reallocate base acres. From Nov. 17 to March 31, 2015, producers can make a one-time election of either ARC or PLC for 2014-18 crop years. From mid-April through summer 2015, producers need to sign contracts for 2014 and 2015 crop years. Payments for the 2014 crop year, if necessary, will be in October 2015.

Do not forget to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 4! Check here for your poll location.

Agronomy

The most recent USDA crop production report for 2014 forecasted 2.52 billion pounds of canola, which will be the largest production on record if realized. The report shows an increase of 14 percent from last year. While the area planted at 1.71 million acres is down 2 percent from a June estimate, it is a 27 percent increase from 2013. The October yield forecast was 1,622 pounds per acre – 126 pounds below last year’s yield but will be the fourth highest on record.

Bayer CropScience, Syngenta and Valent U.S.A. Corporation released a series of reports Oct. 29 that evaluate the economic and societal benefits of neonicotinoids, according to AgriPulse. These insecticides are the largest selling insecticide class in the world and used to treat canola and other seeds. However, neonicotinoids have caused controversy over potential association with pollinator decline. The reports, three of a total 15 to be issued, include a survey of perspectives from farmers and other agricultural professionals plus two case studies. The research shows that the benefits of neonicotinoids outweigh their risks and that pollinator health can be protected with responsible use of these products.

Monsanto Company announced a $20 million investment in technology centers to expand its global breeding program. The centers will use advancements in data science, genomic breeding methods and predictive analytics to improve seeds such as canola, corn and soybeans. Monsanto aims to increase the range of genetic solutions to help farmers worldwide address rapid population growth and climate change.

Nutrition

It is still unclear what causes breast cancer for millions of women each year, but a healthy lifestyle can help prevent it, according to the Bellevue Reporter. This includes daily moderate exercise, minimal alcohol consumption, no smoking and eating well. The author recommended that women minimize red and processed meat, eat at least two-and-a-half cups of fruits and vegetables per day and consume “good” fats found in canola oil.

Those with arthritis understand the limitations it can put on daily activities. The Washington Post offered suggestions for pain relief. For osteoarthritis specifically, which is caused by wear and tear on the joints, exercise gently with low-impact workouts, like swimming and biking. Research also indicates switching out omega-6 for omega-3 fats, including those found in canola oil, helps with pain management as well.

Chef Joyce Chen, a pioneer in Chinese cooking in the U.S., is one of five celebrity chefs to be honored by the U.S. Postal Service with her own postage stamp. Through her 1962 cookbook and her own PBS TV show, Chen introduced Americans to authentic, healthier Chinese food and her restaurants were among the first to cook with heart-smart canola oil.

In the peak of fall sport season, it is important to keep athletes fueled with healthy food. The Dayton Daily News offered tips for ensuring athletes are consuming enough high-quality ingredients. Macronutrients, such as carbs, protein and fat, are essential to providing energy and fueling activity. Good sources of these include natural carbs like fruit and oatmeal; healthy fats such as canola oil; and lean protein, including beans and low-fat dairy. 

Oil for Alternative Use

Meredian’s biodegradable plastic is sparking interest for Chinese investors, reported China Daily. The company uses canola oil to create a plastic that is completely biodegradable, compostable and generates no toxic waste during production. The increased investments in production will lead to more canola acres near the plant in Bainbridge, Ga. For more on Meredian and its impact on the canola industry, see the September-October 2014 issue of U.S. Canola Digest.

Latest Industry News

U.S. agricultural marketing firm Scoular Co. agreed to invest $16.5 million in Legumex Walker Inc., a processor and merchandiser of special crops, pulses and canola products with 15 processing plants in Canada, the United States and China, according to a Legumex press release. Scoular also confirmed a long-term deal to procure canola seed for processing at Legumex’s Pacific Coast canola plant and to market the meal and oil produced there.

The canola crushing plant in Northwood, N.D., that reopened this summer is doing “as well as can be expected,” said General Manager Robert Killam to Prairie Business. The plant was closed in 2009 and reopened this year under Prairie Premium Oil management. It is currently crushing crops from 2013 and 2014 with a positive margin and plans to expand into other crops.

In October, Canada-based BrettYoung opened a state-of-the-art, high-capacity seed treating and coating facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The facility is 28,000 square feet and capable of processing more than 50 million pounds of seed each year. It will use the latest equipment and process technologies to apply seed treatments and biologicals as well as nutrient and polymer coatings to canola, forage and turf seed sold throughout North America.

About Canola Events

It's time to submit your entries for U.S. Canola Digest's "Lights, Camera, Canola!" photo contest. All photos must feature U.S. canola and be taken no earlier than the previous calendar year. Email your entries to Alison Neumer Lara at alison@uscanola.com by Dec. 31. Check our contest rules for other specifics.

The National Canola Research Conference Nov. 4-5 is 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. Scheduled presentations include: “Soil Biodiversity: A Key for a Changing World,” “Science and the Power of a Good Story” and “Sustainable Diets: Linking Agriculture, Health and the Environment.” Click here for a list of all presentations.

The Northern Canola Growers Association is hosting its 18th Annual Canola Expo on Wednesday, Dec. 10 in Langdon, N.D. The keynote speaker this year is Jerry Gulke of the Gulke Group.

The 2015 PNW Oilseed and Direct Seed Conference will be Jan. 20-22, 2015 at Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, Wash. More information is online.

 

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