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go directly to report, PDF _ RS21613 - Conservation Reserve Program: Status and Current Issues
15-Sep-2010; Tadlock Cowan; 14 p.
Update: Previous releases:
May 20, 2010
September 11, 2008
January 3, 2008
August 16, 2007
Februaru 14, 2007
February 4, 2005
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Abstract: The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), enacted in 1985, provides payments to farmers to take highly erodible or environmentally sensitive cropland out of production for ten years or more. It is the federal government’s largest private land retirement program. The program is administered by the F.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Natural Resources, Legislative
go directly to report, PDF _ R41049 - Climate Change and the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS): Looking to 2020
10-Sep-2010; Larry Parker; 23 p.
Abstract: The European Union’s (EU) Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is a cornerstone of the EU’s efforts to meet its obligation under the Kyoto Protocol. It covers more than 10,000 energy intensive facilities across the 27 EU Member countries; covered entities emit about 45% of the EU’s carbon dioxide emiss.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Climate Change, International
go directly to report, PDF _ R41317 - Farm Safety Net Programs: Issues for the Next Farm Bill
10-Sep-2010; Dennis Shields, Jim Monke, Randy Schepf; 28 p.
Abstract: Roughly every five years, Congress debates and revises omnibus legislation governing federal farm policy. Commodity provisions in the 2008 farm bill (P.L. 110-246) expire in 2012, and Congress is currently reviewing U.S. farm policy. The collection of federal farm programs, which make payments to.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture
go directly to report, PDF _ RL33334 - Biotechnology in Animal Agriculture: Status and Current Issues
10-Sep-2010; Geoffrey S. Becker and Tadlock Cowan ; 25 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
February 11, 2009
September 23, 2008
January 17, 2008
February 21, 2007
June 2, 2006
March 27, 2006

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Abstract: Animal agriculture is being transformed by rapid advances in biotechnology—a term that encompasses a variety of technologies, including genetic engineering (GE), genetic modification, transgenics, recombinant DNA techniques, and cloning, among others. Producers are interested in the application o.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Science & Technology

go directly to report, PDF _ R41396 - The 2010 Oil Spill: Natural Resource Damage Assessment Under the Oil Pollution Act
8-Sep-2010; Kristina Alexander; 18 p.
Abstract: The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill leaked an estimated 4.1 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, damaging the waters, shores, and marshes, and the fish and wildlife that live there. The Oil Pollution Act (OPA) establishes a process for assessing the damages to those natural resources .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Marine, Natural Resources, Pollution
go directly to report, PDF _ R40763 - Agriculture Conservation: A Guide to Programs
8-Sep-2010; Megan Stubbs; 30 p.
Update: Previous releases:
March 25, 2010
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Abstract: The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) currently administer over 20 programs and subprograms that are directly or indirectly available to assist producers and landowners who wish to practice conservation on .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Biodiversity, Information
go directly to report, PDF _ RL33275 - The LIHEAP Formula: Legislative History and Current Law
8-Sep-2010; Libby Perl; 38 p.
Update: Previous releases:
August 30, 2007
July 18, 2006
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Abstract: The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides funds to states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and commonwealths, and Indian tribal organizations (collectively referred to as grantees) primarily to help low-income households pay home energy expenses. The LIHEAP statut.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, General Interest
go directly to report, PDF _ R40096 - 2006 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5): Designating Nonattainment Areas
7-Sep-2010; Robert Esworthy; 39 p.
Update: Previous releases:
April 21, 2010
December 17, 2009
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Abstract: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its final revisions to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (particulates, or PM) on October 17, 2006. EPA’s actions leading up to and following promulgation of the 2006 standard have been the subject of cons.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Air, Stratospheric Ozone
go directly to report, PDF _ RL33705 - Oil Spills in U.S. Coastal Waters: Background, Governance, and Issues for Congress
2-Sep-2010; Jonathan L. Ramseur; 28 p.
Update: Previous releases:
April 30, 2010
September 2, 2008
February 5, 2008
August 23, 2007
April 24, 2007
October 25, 2006 (/NLE/CRSreports/06Nov/RL33705.pdf)
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Abstract: The impacts of an oil spill depend on the size of the spill, the rate of the spill, the type of oil spilled, and the location of the spill. Depending on timing and location, even a relatively minor spill can cause significant harm to individual organisms and entire populations. Oil spills can cau.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Pollution, Marine, Government
go directly to report, PDF _ RL32809 - Agricultural Biotechnology: Background and Recent Issues
2-Sep-2010; Tadlock Cowen; 39 p.
Update: Previous releases:
February 13, 2009
March 7, 2005
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Abstract: U.S. soybean, cotton, and corn farmers have rapidly adopted genetically engineered (GE) varieties of these crops since their commercialization in the mid-1990s. Over the last decade, GE varieties in the United States have increased from 3.6 million acres to 143 million acres. Worldwide, 25 countr.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Science & Technology
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