Though a relatively new organization, we have made a lot of strides to support growing canola crops in the Pacific Northwest.
We have acquired funding from the U.S. Canola Association's Promote Canola Acres program to fund education, website development, tours, and other means for promoting canola and the Pacific Northwest Canola Association.
Several producer board members and the executive director have made legislative visits in Washington D.C. to underscore continued national funding for canola research, biodiesel tax credits, and other canola-centric issues. Directors have also contacted their state’s U.S. Congress members, Governor, and Director of Agriculture urging them to include canola in the Market Facilitation Program.
The PNWCA has also submitted and/or signed on to letters to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, the USDA, ranking members of Congress, and others on matters such as:
- Urging the USDA to provide assistance through WHIP+ or other mechanisms to growers suffering significant quality loss resulting from excessive moisture in the northern tier states.
- Renewing biodiesel tax credits, including those for biodiesel blenders. Canola can be a feedstock for biodiesel.
- Commenting to USDA Agricultural Marketing Service about the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard
- Urging Congress to ratify and pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement
- Reauthorizing of the Grain Standards Act
Future efforts will include establishing and improving winter and spring canola insurance policies and assisting with crop protection product registration.
Canola Production and PNWCA Informational Presentations:
- Columbia Valley Daybreak Rotary Club, Kennewick, WA
- Montana University System Research Roundup, Lewistown, MT
- Washington State University Oilseed Workshops, Wilbur and Clarkston, WA
- Winfield Winter Canola Tours, Hardin and Ft. Benton, MT
- Winter Canola Tour, Almira, WA
- Spring Canola Tour, Sweet Grass Hills, MT
After a meeting in Belgrade, MT in March 2019, we are making great progress in establishing a Montana Oilseed Commission. A state commission takes a small assessment from every pound of selected oilseed commodities sold in MT, and that money is allocated toward funding canola research and education.
A petition has been submitted and verified by the Department of Agriculture, and a listening session will be held at 10:00 a.m. Dec. 3 at the Heritage Inn in Great Falls. See the Calendar for more information as it becomes available.