• North Central Region Canola Research Program, North Dakota State University, $190,500
• A Systems-Based Approach to Building Acres and Improving Production of Winter Canola in the Southern Great Plains, Oklahoma State University, $193,105
• Improving Canola Production and Production Systems with Genetic and Agronomic Advances to Increase Canola Acreage in the Pacific Northwest, Regents of the University of Idaho, $189,185
• Development and Management of Canola in the Great Plains Region, Kansas State University, $195,000
Congress avoided a government shutdownon Sept. 30 after an agreement was reached on a fiscal year 2017 Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund federal government operations at fiscal year 2016 levels through Dec. 9. The Senate approved the CR by a vote of 72-26 and the House by a vote of 342-85. Both chambers have now gone into recess for the campaign season and will re-turn the week of Nov. 14 for a lame duck session after the Nov. 8 election. The one must-pass item (by midnight Dec. 9) will be the FY 2017 omnibus appropriations bill to provide discretionary spending through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, 2017. Other items that may be discussed in the lame duck session include the Water Resource Development Act, Child Nutrition reauthori-zation bill, tax extenders bill and Trans Pacific Partnership.