North Central Canola Research Program


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North Central Canola Research Program

2018 Application Kit

NIFA SAMPLE Application Package

2018 North Central Region Request for Proposals (PDF file), (MSWord file), Conflict of Interest Template, Current and Pending Support Form

Participation Approval Letter Canola Projects (PDF file)

The North Central Canola Research Program (NCCRP) is part of the National Canola Research Program. This program is federally funded and is administered through the USDA/Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES) and North Dakota State University.  The NCCRP includes the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin and is coordinated by the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station under the direction of Dr. Ken Grafton and Brian Jenks.

The NCCRP provides funding for scientists to address research needs and issues that will increase producer productivity and profitability. Research in new or expanded areas of canola seed, oil and meal will expand market potential.  Research proposals are solicited each year and reviewed by a committee consisting of canola researchers, industry leaders and producers.  This funding has been made possible, in part, by the efforts of the U.S. Canola Association, the Northern Canola Growers Association, and the Minnesota Canola Council.

Canola is an important oilseed crop in the North Central Region of the U.S., especially in North Dakota and Minnesota where production represents approximately 93% of the national acreage.  There are approximately one million acres of canola produced annually in the U.S.

Consumers are increasingly aware of the health benefits of canola consumption.  Canola oil is one of the healthiest edible oils available as it contains very low levels of saturated fat.  In addition to its use as a cooking oil, new biodiesel plants will be constructed in North Dakota that will use canola to make biodiesel, a vegetable oil-based fuel that burns cleaner than traditional petroleum-based diesel fuel and could help reduce dependence on foreign petroleum oil.


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