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go directly to report, PDF _ RL34160 - The National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility: Issues for Congress
14-Dec-2009; Dana A. Shea, Jim Monke, and Frank Gottron; 23 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
September 26, 2008
November 15, 2007
October 4, 2007
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Abstract: The agricultural and food infrastructure of the United States is potentially susceptible to terrorist attack using biological pathogens. In addition to the effects of such an attack on the economy, some animal diseases could potentially be transmitted to humans. These diseases are known as zoonot.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Government, Science & Technology
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL34081 - Farm and Food Support Under USDA’s Section 32 Program
20-Feb-2009; Geoffrey S. Becker; 21 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
May 29, 2008
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Abstract: “Section 32” is a permanent appropriation that since 1935 has earmarked the equivalent of 30% of annual customs receipts to support the farm sector through a variety of activities. Today, most of this annual appropriation is transferred to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) account that funds.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Legislative
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go directly to report, PDF _ RS22653 - Animal Identification: Overview and Issues
19-Feb-2009; Geoffrey S. Becker; 10 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
April 26, 2007
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Abstract: Livestock industry groups, animal health officials, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been working to establish a nationwide identification (ID) system capable of quickly tracking animals from birth to slaughter, in order to combat a serious animal disease and/or to satisfy foreign .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Risk & Reform, Agriculture, Information
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go directly to report, PDF _ R40160 - Agriculture, Nutrition, and Rural Provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009
23-Feb-2009; Jim Monke, Joe Richardson, Megan Stubbs, Tadlock Cowen, Ralph M. Chite, Geoffrey S. Becker, Remy Jurenas; 28 p.
Abstract: On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA, P.L. 111-5). The ARRA is a response to the depth of the economic recession facing the United States (and the rest of the world) at the beginning of 2009. It is billed as an econ.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture
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go directly to report, PDF _ R40236 - Estimates of Carbon Mitigation Potential from Agricultural and Forestry Activities
20-Feb-2009; Renee Johnson, Gorte, Yacobucci, Schnepf; 21 p.
Abstract: In the United States, the agriculture and forestry sectors account for less than 10% of current estimated total U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually. Combined, these sectors are estimated to emit nearly 600 million metric tons CO2 equivalent (MMT CO2-Eq.) each year, most of which is emitt.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Forests
2223 
go directly to report, PDF _ RS22908 - Livestock Feed Costs: Concerns and Options
17-Sep-2008; Geoffrey S. Baker; 6 p.
Update: Previous Editions:
September 17, 2008.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: Livestock producers in 2008 have seen sharply higher feed costs, fueled by competing use demands for corn and soybeans and by higher energy prices. Some analysts argue that current public policies, including financial incentives that divert corn from feed uses into ethanol production, exacerbated.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Economics & Trade, Government
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL34126 - Rural Development Provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill
16-Jan-2009; Tadlock Cowan; 23 p.
Update: Previous releases:
September 18, 2008
January 3, 2008
August 10, 2007
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Abstract: Congress has expressed its concern with rural communities most directly through periodic omnibus farm bill legislation, most recently in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-246). Congress uses periodic farm bills to address emerging rural issues as well as to reauthorize and/.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Government, Population
1901 
go directly to report, PDF _ RL32947 - Air Quality Issues and Animal Agriculture: EPA's Air Compliance Agreement
21-Jan-2009; Claudia Copeland; 15 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
September 30, 2008
August 31, 2007
July 18, 2007
/NLE/CRSreports/07Jul/RL32947.pdf September 11, 2007
April 11, 2007
October 11, 2006
June 1, 2006
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Abstract: From an environmental quality standpoint, much of the interest in animal agriculture has focused on impacts on water resources, because animal waste, if not properly managed, can harm water quality through surface runoff, direct discharges, spills, and leaching into soil and groundwater. A more r.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Air, Agriculture, Federal Agencies
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go directly to report, PDF _ RS22900 - International Food Aid Provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill
10-Jul-2008; Charles E. Hanrahan; 6 p.
Update: Previous Editions:
July 10, 2008
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Abstract: Provision of U.S. agricultural commodities for emergency relief and economic development is the United States’ major response to food security problems in developing countries. Title III in the omnibus farm bill enacted in June 2008, the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-246, H.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Legislative, General
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go directly to report, PDF _ RS22905 - Agricultural Export Provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill
26-Jun-2008; Charles E. Hanrahan; 5 p.
Update: Previous Editions:
June 26, 2008
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Abstract: Agricultural exports, which are forecast by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reach $108.5 billion in 2009, are an important source of employment, income, and purchasing power in the U.S. economy. Programs that deal with U.S. agricultural exports are a major focus of Title III, the trade titl.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Economics & Trade, Legislative
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