The 2018 Farm Bill will be challenging due to renewed efforts to reduce program costs — primarily in SNAP, Title 1 and crop insurance — and a downward U.S. agricultural economy, notes U.S. Canola Association Executive Director John Gordley. In an article on USCanola.com, he reviews how the Agricultural Act of 2014 is performing, what problems have arisen and how these concerns might be addressed before and during the upcoming debate. "It's also time to consider the need for production agriculture to work cooperatively with former partners in the conservation and nutrition communities to avoid another protracted struggle which could imperil getting a bill done at all," he says. "In this environment, finding the ‘sweet spot' where everyone is satisfied with their level of support going forward will be a major challenge."The U.S. Air Force is testing the use of a new bio-based oil in its vehicles. The oil — made from a blend of canola and soybean oils plus synthetic petroleum — is more eco-friendly than other oils because of its plant-based properties. The initial testing period is for 12-18 months and occurring on four bases, chosen for their differences in climate or vehicle use. If the tests prove successful, the oil will be made available for purchase. It supports the sustainable objectives of both the Air Force and the Defense Department. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Law Enforcement Training Center is in the process of testing the bio-based oil in its own vehicles.