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go directly to report, PDF _ R41296 - Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP): Status and Issues
8-Nov-2010; Megan Stubbs; 17 p.
Update: Previous releases:
June 22, 2010
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Abstract: The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-246, 2008 farm bill) created the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). The two main purposes of BCAP are (1) to support the establishment and production of eligible crops for conversion to bioenergy in selected areas, and (2) to assist ag.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Natural Resources, Energy
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go directly to report, PDF _ R40692 - Agricultural Conservation Issues in the 111th Congress
21-Sep-2010; Megan Stubbs; 29 p.
Update: Previous releases:
December 28, 2009
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Abstract: Agricultural conservation has been a public policy issue for more than 60 years. Congress has repeatedly taken action on the issue through water and soil legislation, often as part of omnibus farm bills. Early policy decisions were directed at addressing natural resource concerns on the farm, pri.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture
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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
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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

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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
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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
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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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go directly to report, PDF _ RL34130 - Renewable Energy Programs in the 2008 Farm Bill
13-Aug-2010; Megan Stubbs; 20 p.
Update: Previous releases:
March 22, 2010
January 23, 2009
September 17, 2008
October 29, 2007
October 1, 2007
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Abstract: The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-246, the 2008 farm bill) extends and expands many of the renewable energy programs originally authorized in the 2002 farm bill. The bill also continues the emphasis on the research and development of advanced and cellulosic bioenergy author.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Energy
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go directly to report, PDF _ R40966 - Renegotiation of the Standard Reinsurance Agreement (SRA) for Federal Crop Insurance
12-Aug-2010; Dennis A. Shields; 20 p.
Update: Previous releases:
December 9, 2009
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Abstract: Under the federal crop insurance program, farmers can purchase crop insurance policies to manage financial risks associated with declines in crop yields and/or revenue. The program covers more than 100 crops and is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Risk Management Agen.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Government
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL34738 - Cellulosic Biofuels: Analysis of Policy Issues for Congress
28-Jul-2010; Kelsi Bracmort, Randy Schnepf, Megan Stubbs, Brent Yacobucci; 26 p.
Abstract: Cellulosic biofuels are produced from cellulose (fibrous material) derived from renewable biomass. They are thought by many to hold the key to increased benefits from renewable biofuels because they are made from potentially low-cost, diverse, non-food feedstocks. Cellulosic biofuels could also p.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Energy
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