The United States, Mexico and Canada reached a deal in October modernizing trade, which is good news for canola. The United-States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will allow canola seed, meal and oil to remain tariff-free and removes tariffs on canola oil-based spread imported by the U.S. “At first glance, we’re pleased that open trade for canola will continue and that we’ll now be able to export further processed products like margarine without tariffs being applied,” said Jim Everson, president of the Canola Council of Canada.
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded two new grants and continued two additional grants for integrated research and extension to expand canola production across the United States. These grants are part of the Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program. They aim to increase the competitiveness of canola by breeding superior varieties; enhancing planting, cultivating, and harvesting methods; and sharing new knowledge and technologies.