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Hog Prices: Questions and Answers

Hog Prices: Questions and Answers

Date: December 15, 1999
Creator: Becker, Geoffrey S.
Description: This report discusses price changes in the pork industry. In late 1998, the lowest hog prices in decades created a crisis in the pork industry and prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Congress to take a series of actions to assist producers, including direct cash payments, and the purchase of extra pork products to reduce market supplies. The industry sought additional aid as low prices persisted into 1999.
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Humane Treatment of Farm Animals: Overview and Issues

Humane Treatment of Farm Animals: Overview and Issues

Date: January 2, 2008
Creator: Becker, Geoffrey S.
Description: This report provides an overview of the debate and legislation to modify or curtail some practices regarding animal care on the farm, during transport, or at slaughter.
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Humane Treatment of Farm Animals: Overview and Issues

Humane Treatment of Farm Animals: Overview and Issues

Date: September 7, 2007
Creator: Becker, Geoffrey S.
Description: This report provides an overview of the debate and legislation to modify or curtail some practices regarding animal care on the farm, during transport, or at slaughter.
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Livestock Feed Costs: Concerns and Options

Livestock Feed Costs: Concerns and Options

Date: June 30, 2008
Creator: Becker, Geoffrey S.
Description: Sharply higher feed costs, fueled by competing use demands for corn and soybeans and by rising energy prices, are affecting the beef, pork, dairy, and poultry industries. In contrast, wholesales prices for most animal products have held steady. Some analysts argue that current public policies, including financial incentives that divert corn from feed uses into ethanol production, have exacerbated if not caused these higher costs. Other factors include crop production declines due to weather, and higher global demand for consumption. Proposed options aimed at easing the impacts of higher feed costs include changes in ethanol incentives, use of conservation land for forage use, and direct aid to producers.
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Livestock Feed Costs: Concerns and Options

Livestock Feed Costs: Concerns and Options

Date: September 17, 2008
Creator: Becker, Geoffrey S.
Description: This report discusses higher livestock feed costs. The authors argue the current public policies, including financial incentives that divert corn from feed uses into ethanol production.
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Mad Cow Disease: Agricultural Issues for Congress

Mad Cow Disease: Agricultural Issues for Congress

Date: April 21, 2005
Creator: Becker, Geoffrey S.
Description: This report discusses the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) also know as mad cow disease, which is a degenerative, fatal disease affecting the nervous system in cattle. Worldwide, BSE has been found in 187,000 animals, 183,000 of them in Great Britain, where it was first detected in 1986.
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U.S.-Russia Meat and Poultry Trade Issues

U.S.-Russia Meat and Poultry Trade Issues

Date: September 11, 2008
Creator: Becker, Geoffrey S.
Description: Russia announced on August 29, 2008, that it was banning poultry imports from 19 U.S. establishments due to safety concerns, and that 29 others could lose approval if they do not improve their standards. Russian officials also signaled that they might reduce U.S. permits to import poultry and pork under that country's quota system. The economic stakes of Russian import actions are high for U.S. poultry producers - 29% of their exports went to that market in 2007 - and red meat producers, who also are experiencing strong growth in the Russian market. In Congress, any potential options likely would be reviewed within the context of the broader geopolitical situation.
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Animal Agriculture: 2008 Farm Bill Issues

Animal Agriculture: 2008 Farm Bill Issues

Date: July 1, 2008
Creator: Becker, Geoffrey S. & Johnson, Renée
Description: This report discusses a number of animal-related provisions related to the 2008 farm bill. It includes background and specific provisions from the bill for each of the issues and options analyzed in the report: market competition and packer concentration, livestock mandatory price reporting, meat and poultry safety, country-of-origin labeling, animal identification for health protection, animal welfare, feed prices, disaster assistance, and environmental issues. The report also provides a summary comparison of previous farm bills with the 2008 provisions for selected issues.
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The Federal Food Safety System: A Primer

The Federal Food Safety System: A Primer

Date: February 7, 2007
Creator: Becker, Geoffrey S. & Porter, Donna V.
Description: Numerous federal, state, and local agencies share responsibilities for regulating the safety of the U.S. food supply, which many experts say is among the safest in the world. Nevertheless, critics view this system as lacking the organization and resources to adequately combat foodborne illness, which sickens an estimated 76 million people and kills an estimated 5,000 each year in this country. The 110th Congress may face calls for a review of federal food safety agencies and authorities, and proposals for reorganizing them. Among the issues likely to arise are whether reform can improve oversight, and the cost to industry, consumers, and taxpayers. This report provides a brief introduction to the system and the debate on whether reorganization is needed.
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Genetically Engineered Fish and Seafood

Genetically Engineered Fish and Seafood

Date: July 1, 2005
Creator: Borgatti, Rachel & Buck, Eugene H
Description: Genetic engineering techniques allow the manipulation of inherited traits to modify organisms. Genetically modified (GM) fish and seafood products are currently under development and may offer potential benefits such as increasing aquaculture productivity and addressing human health concerns. However, some critics of this rapidly evolving field are concerned that current technological and regulatory safeguards are inadequate to protect the environment and ensure public acceptance of these products. This report discusses various regulatory and environmental concerns regarding GM fish and seafood, then discusses the possible benefits and disadvantages of their use.
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Dolphin Protection and Tuna Seining

Dolphin Protection and Tuna Seining

Date: August 29, 1997
Creator: Buck, Eugene H
Description: From its inception in 1972, one of the goals of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) was to reduce the incidental mortality of dolphins in the ETP tuna fishery. Regulations promulgated under MMPA authority set standards for tuna seining and motivated technological improvements that reduced dolphin mortalities in this fishery -- by 1977, annual dolphin mortality by U.S. tuna seiners had declined to about 25,450 animals. Despite the extensive mortalities, no ETP dolphin population has been listed as endangered or threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. However, two ETP dolphin stocks were listed as depleted under the MMPA.
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Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 105th Congress

Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 105th Congress

Date: October 28, 1998
Creator: Buck, Eugene H
Description: None
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Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 106th Congress

Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 106th Congress

Date: March 15, 2001
Creator: Buck, Eugene H
Description: None
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Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 107th Congress

Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 107th Congress

Date: June 13, 2002
Creator: Buck, Eugene H
Description: None
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Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 107th Congress

Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 107th Congress

Date: July 9, 2002
Creator: Buck, Eugene H
Description: None
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Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 107th Congress

Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 107th Congress

Date: September 5, 2002
Creator: Buck, Eugene H
Description: None
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Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 107th Congress

Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 107th Congress

Date: October 1, 2002
Creator: Buck, Eugene H
Description: None
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Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 107th Congress

Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 107th Congress

Date: November 1, 2002
Creator: Buck, Eugene H
Description: None
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Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 107th Congress

Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 107th Congress

Date: December 12, 2002
Creator: Buck, Eugene H
Description: None
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Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 107th Congress

Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 107th Congress

Date: January 6, 2003
Creator: Buck, Eugene H
Description: None
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Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 107th Congress

Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 107th Congress

Date: August 28, 2001
Creator: Buck, Eugene H
Description: None
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Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 107th Congress

Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 107th Congress

Date: April 4, 2002
Creator: Buck, Eugene H
Description: None
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Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 108th Congress

Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 108th Congress

Date: February 6, 2003
Creator: Buck, Eugene H
Description: None
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Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 108th Congress

Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 108th Congress

Date: March 20, 2003
Creator: Buck, Eugene H
Description: None
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