U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer and John Hoeven announced Wednersday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) approved a canola research grant of $292,830 to North Dakota State University (NDSU).

The integrated canola research and extension project will develop new winter canola varieties adapted for the Great Plains, and advance production and pest management of the crop in the upper Midwest. This project will pull together resources and scientists from NDSU and other schools in the region to collaborate with agriculture organizations, industry, and farmers to address the area’s most important research needs. The long-term goal of this multi-state, interdisciplinary, integrated research and extension project is to enhance canola production and profitability in the North Central United States.