Canola Quick Bytes

A supplement to U.S. Canola Digest


Capitol Hill

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued on April 18 a “Canola Oil Pathways Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” for public comment to allow canola oil-derived renewable diesel and other newer biofuels (jet fuel, naphtha, liquified petroleum gas and heating oil) to qualify as “advanced biofuels” under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. This would allow canola oil to further contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector as well as provide canola farmers additional market channels and biofuel producers another choice of feedstock. The U.S. Canola Association (USCA) petitioned the EPA in 2020 to give canola oil parity with other vegetable oils as a renewable diesel feedstock. The White House said “this action demonstrates [the] EPA’s commitment to approving new petitions for renewable fuels that can provide greenhouse gas benefits as well as reduce reliance on petroleum fuels.” “It has potential to open up some different pathways for different producers to be able to utilize different markets,” added USCA President Andrew Moore on Agri-Pulse.com. “It’s a win-win for a lot of different sectors,” concluded Tom Hance, USCA Washington representative, on RFD-TV.com. “It’s one of the rare cases in which you have agriculture, biofuels and the petroleum industry aligned in support of an action by EPA in regard to the Renewable Fuel Standard.”

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held its first field hearing of the 117th Congress on the 2023 Farm Bill at Michigan State University on April 29. Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Member John Boozman (R-AR) received input from a diverse range of Michigan-based agricultural producers and stakeholders. The hearing, entitled “Growing Jobs and Economic Opportunity: 2023 Farm Bill Perspectives from Michigan,” addressed agriculture, conservation, rural economic development, research, forestry, energy and nutrition policies.

Agronomy

In its March 31 Prospective Plantings Report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) projected 2022 canola acreage to be nearly 2.16 million, similar to the record acreage of 2021.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Russian invasion of Ukraine has caused a “global shortage of sunflower oil that has in turn pushed prices of other edible oils to record highs.” Prices for edible oils, including canola, have risen by as high as 72 percent over the last year. To combat this, Joe Glauber, senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute, says that the Biden Administration should suspend the biomass-based diesel RFS requirements and remove the tax credit.

Nutrition

Ellen Liskov, registered dietitian at Yale University; Guy Crosby, associate professor of nutrition at Harvard University; and Angela Dansby, USCA Director of Communications busted mistruths about canola oil in USA Today. “Canola oil contains the least amount of saturated fat compared to other cooking oils and is high in monounsaturated fat, which lowers low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol,” noted Liskov. Canola oil is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, added Crosby. Dansby said that “canola oil also contains vitamin K, which helps maintain normal blood flow.” She clarified several points about canola oil processing as well.

What are the best oils for frying? Canola oil is listed first by Delish magazine online as a “great all-purpose oil” that’s affordable, easy to procure and neutral in flavor. “It’s great for deep-frying just about any dish, and will pan-fry potatoes beautifully,” Delish said.

Other Country News

Battles for acres in the Northern Hemisphere correspond to real life battles in Ukraine because supply disruptions due to the war have dramatically driven up prices for oilseeds and wheat. That’s because Ukraine is the world’s largest producer and exporter of sunflowers. “Eventually, a summer and fall 2022 harvest of wheat and oilseeds may backfill the supply chain … but, in the meantime, the high prices for all these crops will influence farmers’ planting decisions worldwide,” wrote analyst Elaine Kub in Progressive Farmer.

Despite the pandemic, global supply chain challenges and extreme weather in British Columbia, the Port of Vancouver had an increase in cargo volumes last year. However, there was an 8 percent decrease in bulk liquid tonnage due to a 30 percent decrease in canola oil among other things.

Latest Industry News

A new video by the Pacific Northwest Canola Association (PNWCA) explains what canola is and how it is grown and processed into food and feed products at the Viterra expeller press crushing facility in eastern Washington.

The PNWCA will soon start “Stop ‘n’ Talk” tours about winter canola the second half of May and spring canola mid-June to mid-July. It encourages members to join its online community to connect with other canola growers and share photos and information on its Canola Connections forum. Moreover, the PNWCA will repeat a trial with TruFlex™ canola featuring Roundup Ready® technology near Pullman, Wash., including 10 entries from six seed companies.

North Dakota State University and the Northern Canola Growers Association (NCGA) held a “Getting it Right in Canola” meeting with over 100 participants about production. Check out the series on YouTube.

At its March annual meeting, the NCGA elected Dan Marquardt of Bottineau as president, Tim Mickelson of Rolla as vice president and Troy Romfo of Calvin as secretary and treasurer. The NCGA board also reviewed new canola research proposals requesting more than $400,000 and granted $325,000 to 13 projects. These projects aim to ensure canola remains a profitable and competitive crop in the region.

A study by Nutrasource and the University of Guelph concluded that Nuseed® omega-3-enhanced canola oil called Nutriterra® “exhibited safety and an excellent tolerability profile.” Derived from Nuseed® Omega-3 Canola, Nutriterra® Total Omega-3 oil provides seven omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, including DHA and EPA. Barbara Davis, Ph.D., R.D., of NuSeed Nutritional said this “first-in-humans clinical trial demonstrates that, just like other omega-3 sources, Nutriterra has a beneficial effect on omega-3 status in healthy adults.” 

Nuseed® Omega-3 Canola and Nutriterra® announced on April 11 that it completed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s safety assessment for use in food and feed. This means that U.S. food manufacturers can use Nutriterra® as a plant-based alternative to marine oils for essential long-chain omega-3 fatty acids. “By providing a good source of omega-3 nutrition, Nutriterra can attract new consumers and help more people meet their dietary requirements through everyday food and drinks,” said Benita Boettner, general manager of Nuseed Nutritional.

About the USCA

The USCA will hold a special in-person meeting in Minot, N.D., July 7-8 and its autumn board meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., Nov. 9-11. More on UScanola.com.

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