Though it expired a few months ago, the 2018 Farm Bill is poised for reauthorization in the coming weeks. The Senate passed a version of it in June, but the more conservative House held it up with hopes for tighter work requirements. Now that Democrats have regained the House, it looks increasingly likely that a compromise will be reached. The U.S. Canola Association’s (USCA’s) John Gordley has a full analysis on the USCA blog.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized a qualified health claim for high-oleic oils and reduced risk of heart disease. A review of scientific evidence showed that such oils resulted in a “modest lowering in total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol compared to those who ate a more Western-style diet higher in saturated fat,” Food Navigator reported. High-oleic canola oil qualifies for the new claim since it has about 70 percent per serving of monounsaturated fat. “High-oleic canola oil offers a heart-healthy alternative to sources of both trans and saturated fats in food products and food service operations,” stated USCA President Rob Rynning. “It’s good for both the food industry and consumers.”
Politico reported that the U.S. Enviromental Protection Agency is expected to finalize a rule on biofuel blending requirements, which will require 19.88 billon gallons of biofuel in the United States under the 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard. It hews closely to a June proposal that included a requirement of 15 billion gallons of corn ethanol.