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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33691 - Animal Waste and Hazardous Substances: Current Laws and Legislative Issues
26-Jul-2010; Claudia Copeland; 13 p.
Update: Previous releases:
January 21, 2009
September 30, 2008
January 25, 2008
April 11, 2007
October 17, 2006
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Abstract: The animal sector of agriculture has undergone major changes in the last several decades: organizational changes within the industry to enhance economic efficiency have resulted in larger confined production facilities that often are geographically concentrated. These changes, in turn, have given.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Waste Management, Legislative
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go directly to report, PDF _ RS21977 - Agricultural Credit: Institutions and Issues
14-Jul-2010; Jim Monke; 21 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
January 24, 2008
March 8, 2007
September 14, 2006
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Abstract: The federal government has long provided credit assistance to farmers, in response to insufficient lending in rural areas or a desire for targeted lending to disadvantaged groups. One federal lender is the Farm Service Agency (FSA) in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). It issues direct lo.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Economics & Trade, Legislative
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go directly to report, PDF _ R41106 - Meeting the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Mandate for Cellulosic Biofuels: Questions and Answers
28-Aug-2010; Kelsi Bracmont; 17 p.
Abstract: The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was expanded under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA; P.L. 110-140) in an effort to reduce dependence on foreign oil, promote biofuel use, and stabilize transportation fuel prices, among other goals. Over a 15-year period, the RFS seeks to es.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Energy
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go directly to report, PDF _ RS21212 - Agricultural Disaster Assistance
21-May-2010; Dennis Shields, Ralph M. Chite; 12 p.
Update: Previous releases:
March 11, 2010
July 3, 2008
May 29, 2007
April 2, 2007
August 28, 2006
June 30, 2006
May 8, 2006
November 2, 2004
Januayr 21, 2003
December 18, 2002
November 5, 2007
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Abstract: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers several permanently authorized programs to help farmers recover financially from a natural disaster, including federal crop insurance, the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), and emergency disaster loans. The federal crop insurance p.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Risk & Reform, Information
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go directly to report, PDF _ R41255 - FY2010 Supplemental Appropriations for Agriculture
8-Jul-2010; Jim Monke; 11 p.
Abstract: Two separate bills are advancing in the 111th Congress that could provide nearly $4 billion of supplemental funds for agricultural programs in FY2010. The agricultural provisions in these bills have a relatively small funding impact compared with the nonagricultural provisions in the bills.

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Topics: Agriculture

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go directly to report, PDF _ R41141 - Previewing Dairy Policy Options for the Next Farm Bill
7-Jul-2010; Dennis A Shields; 22 p.
Abstract: Financial stress in the dairy industry in 2009, brought on largely by sharply lower milk prices, activated standing federal programs to support dairy farmers. In calendar year 2009, the federal government spent more than $1 billion to support the industry through the Milk Income Loss Contract (MI.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture
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go directly to report, PDF _ R41282 - Agriculture-Based Biofuels: Overview and Emerging Issues
22-Jun-2010; Randy Schnepf; 34 p.
Abstract: Since the late 1970s, U.S. policymakers at both the federal and state levels have enacted a variety of incentives, regulations, and programs to encourage the production and use of agriculture-based biofuels. Initially, federal biofuels policies were developed to help kick-start the biofuels indust.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Natural Resources
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go directly to report, PDF _ RS20840 - Agriculture in the WTO: Limits on Domestic Support
16-Jun-2010; Randy Schnepf; 11 p.
Update: Previous releases:
March 13, 2001
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Abstract: Most of the provisions of the current farm bill, the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-246), do not expire until 2012. However, hearings on the 2012 farm bill have already begun. Congress is in the process of reviewing farm income and commodity price support proposals that migh.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, International, Economics & Trade
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go directly to report, PDF _ R41213 - Forestry in the Next Farm Bill
29-Apr-2010; Ross W. Gorte; 9 p.
Abstract: Forest management generally, as well as forest research and forestry assistance, have long been within the jurisdictions of the Agriculture Committees. Although most forestry programs are permanently authorized, forestry has usually been addressed in the periodic farm bills to reauthorize many ag.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Forests, Agriculture, Legislative
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go directly to report, PDF _ RS21556 - Agricultural Biotechnology: The U.S.-EU Dispute
8-Apr-2010; Charles E. Hanrahan; 11 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
June 2, 2006
March 10, 2006
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Abstract: In May 2003, the United States, Canada, and Argentina initiated a dispute with the European Union concerning the EU’s de facto moratorium on biotechnology product approvals, in place since 1998. Although the EU effectively lifted the moratorium in May 2004 by approving a genetically engineered (G.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Economics & Trade, International, Agriculture
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