Great Plains Canola Association News

March 28, 2008

Volume 2 – Number 1

Welcome to the second email update of the Great Plains Canola Association (GPCA). If you would like a copy of the first update from November 1, 2007, hit reply to this email and I will email it to you, or you can view and print a copy from our website. We have our website up and running at www.greatplainscanola.org and www.greatplainscanola.org We want our site to be user friendly and informative so we are always looking for constructive suggestions on its format and content. Let me know what you think. We want to thank Monsanto and John Deere for helping with the cost of developing and maintaining the website.

We are still in the process of getting our 501(c) 5 IRS non-profit designation.

We welcome the following new members to GPCA since our last email:

Mark Boyles, OSU, Ripley, OK

Matt Gard, Fairview, OK

Steve Hiller, Western Equipment, LLC, Alva, OK

Luke Jaeger, Minneola, KS

Lloyd Moon, Hugoton, KS

Bob Schrock, Kiowa, KS

William Schrock, Kiowa, KS

Paul Karber, Gypsum, KS

Paul Harbaugh, Kiowa, KS

Thank you for joining with us for the betterment of our industry.

We now have our membership application on the website, so if you want to print off a copy or two and take them with you to meetings and events to recruit members, we encourage you to do that. The membership levels and rates are on the application.

GPCA President Jeff Scott, GPCA board member John Haas (also a USCA board member), Bob Schrock and I attended the US Canola Association meeting March 5-7 in Washington, DC. One of the main goals of GPCA is to work in Washington with the US Canola Association and other regional associations on policy efforts related to the profitability of canola farmers and the canola industry. Details on the industry’s stance on issues can be found at www.uscanola.com/policy We visited our Oklahoma and Kansas delegations to lobby them on our industry’s needs while we were in DC.

Jeff and board member Michael Marlow, along with K-State canola breeder Mike Stamm, and OSU researchers, participated with other leaders around the US involved in the emerging canola industry on a Canola Acreage Task Force. This group was formed to estimate the acreage growth of canola and to stimulate the growth of the acreage in the Great Plains and other regions.

Jeff and GPCA board member Gene Neuens have been working in Oklahoma City with the Oklahoma legislature on a state, three cents per hundredweight, canola checkoff for research and market development programs under the auspices of an oilseed checkoff commission program. The legislation passed the house and has been introduced into the senate and will continue to work its way through this session. If you would like help work on checkoff efforts, contact us. We were not aware of a first purchaser of canola in Kansas so we have put that state’s checkoff development effort on hold.

-Kenlon Johannes

GPCA Executive Director