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go directly to report, PDF _ 95-353 - Federal Farm Promotion (''Check-off'') Programs
17-Apr-2007; Geoffrey Becker; 6 p.
Update: Previous releases:
September 8, 2004
March 25, 2004 (/NLE/CRSreports/04Mar/95-353.pdf)
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Abstract: The U.S. Supreme Court in 2005 affirmed the constitutionality of the so-called beef check-off program, one of the 17 generic promotion programs for agricultural products that are now active nationally. Supporters view check-offs as economically beneficial self-help activities that need minimal gover.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, General, Information
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go directly to report, PDF _ 95-36 - The Advanced Technology Program
16-Feb-2007; Wendy Schacht; 6 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
September 21, 2005
http://www.NCSEonline.org/nle/crsreports/science/st-28.cfm.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: The Advanced Technology Program (ATP) was created by P.L. 100-418, the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988, to encourage public-private cooperation in the development of pre-competitive technologies with broad application across industries. Administered by the National Institute of Stan.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Science & Technology, General, Information
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33892 - Post-Katrina Insurance Issues Surrounding Water Damage Exclusions in Homeowners’ Insurance Policies
22-Mar-2007; Rawle O. King; 32 p.
Abstract: In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, homeowners in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama have protested what they view as inappropriate obstacles to the payment of their property damage insurance claims. When insurance adjustors and damage experts assessed the properties damaged by the .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: General
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go directly to report, PDF _ RS22526 - Animal Agriculture: Selected Issues for Congress
15-Mar-2007; Geoffrey S. Becker; 6 p.
Update: Previous releases:
01/03/2007.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: The value of animal production on the 1.3 million U.S. dairy, livestock, and poultry farms (2002 Census of Agriculture) averages about $124 billion annually, more than half the total value of all U.S. agricultural production. The United States produces — and consumes — more beef/veal, pork, poultry,.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, General, Government
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go directly to report, PDF _ RS21599 - Brownfields Tax Incentive Extension
19-Jan-2007; Mark Reisch; 5 p.
Update: Previous releases: 10/17/2006.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: The brownfields tax incentive expired on December 31, 2005. Enacted in 1997, the provision allowed a taxpayer to fully deduct the costs of environmental cleanup in the year the costs were incurred (called “expensing”), rather than spreading the costs over a period of years (“capitalizing”). The prov.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Pollution, General, Government
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go directly to report, PDF _ RS22560 - Disaster Housing Assistance: A Legal Analysis of ACORN v. FEMA
5-Jan-2007; Kamilah M. Holder; 6 p.
Abstract: This report discusses the ongoing litigation in Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) v. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), litigation that involves certain evacuees from Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. In the ACORN case now before the Court of Appeals for t.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: General, Risk & Reform
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33795 - Avian Influenza in Poultry and Wild Birds
29-Mar-2007; Jim Monke, M. Lynne Corn; 17 p.
Abstract: Avian influenza is a viral disease that primarily infects birds, both domestic and wild. Certain strains of bird flu break the avian barrier and have been known to infect other animals and humans. Avian flu viruses are common among wild bird populations, which act as a reservoir for the disease. .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Biodiversity, General, Climate Change
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33023 - Open Access Publishing and Citation Archives: Background and Controversy
12-Dec-2006; Genevieve J. Knezo; 55 p.
Abstract: Controversies about open access publishing and archiving confront issues of copyright and governmental competition with the private sector. Traditional publishers typically charge readers subscriber fees to fund the costs of publishing and distributing hard-copy and/or online journals. In contras.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: General, Information
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL31370 - State Department and Related Agencies: FY2006 Appropriations and FY2007 Request
13-Jun-2006; Susan B. Epstein; 17 p.
Update: December 11, 2006

Previous releases
July 13, 2006
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Abstract: State Department funding, formerly in the Commerce, Justice, State (CJS) appropriation, is now in the House’s Science, State, Justice, Commerce (SSJC) Appropriation and in the Senate’s State-Foreign Operations Appropriation. In addition, typically each Congress passes a foreign relations authorizati.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Government, General

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go directly to report, PDF _ RL32012 - Animal Identification and Meat Traceability
29-Mar-2005; Geoffrey S. Becker; 19 p.
Update: November 24, 2006

Previous Releases: /NLE/CRSreports/06Aug/RL32012.pdf
/nle/crsreports/06apr/RL32012.pdf
/nle/crsreports/05jun/RL32012.pdf
/nle/crsreports/05mar/RL32012.pdf
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Abstract: Many animal producers support establishment of a nationwide identification (ID) system capable of quickly tracking animals from birth to slaughter. While they believe such a system is needed to better deal with animal diseases or meet foreign market specifications, some consumer groups and others be.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Information, General

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