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Asian Carp and the Great Lakes Region

Asian Carp and the Great Lakes Region

Date: January 23, 2014
Creator: Stern, Charles V.; Upton, Harold F. & Brougher, Cynthia
Description: This report provides an overview of four species of non-indigenous Asian carp that are expanding their range in U.S. waterways, resulting in a variety of concerns and problems. This report details the environmental and economic threats from this invasion, as well as ways to combat the spread of Asian carp in U.S. water.
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Asian Carp and the Great Lakes Region

Asian Carp and the Great Lakes Region

Date: February 2, 2011
Creator: Buck, Eugene H.; Upton, Harold F.; Stern, Charles V. & Nichols, James E.
Description: Four species of non-indigenous Asian carp are expanding their range in U.S. waterways, resulting in a variety of concerns and problems. This report details the environmental and economic threats from this invasion, as well as ways to combat the spread of Asian carp in U.S. water.
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Invasive Non-Native Species: Background and Issues for Congress

Invasive Non-Native Species: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: November 25, 2002
Creator: Corn, M. Lynne; Buck, Eugene H; Rawson, Jean M; Segarra, Alex & Fischer, Eric A
Description: None
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BSE ("Mad Cow Disease"): A Brief Overview

BSE ("Mad Cow Disease"): A Brief Overview

Date: December 8, 2005
Creator: Becker, Geoffrey S
Description: The appearance of BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy or “mad cow disease”) in North America has raised public health concerns and disrupted trade for cattle and beef producers. A major issue for Congress has been how to rebuild foreign confidence in the safety of U.S. beef and regain lost markets like Japan. Among other issues are whether additional measures are needed to further protect the public and cattle herd, and concerns over the relative costs and benefits of such measures for consumers, taxpayers and industry.
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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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Does the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Listing Provide More Protection of Polar Bear?: A Look at the Special Rules

Does the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Listing Provide More Protection of Polar Bear?: A Look at the Special Rules

Date: March 26, 2009
Creator: Alexander, Kristina
Description: This report looks at the regulations surrounding the polar bear, which has been protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) since 1972. The report discusses the protections, prohibitions, and special rules for polar bears as well as exceptions to the rules, habitat issues, recovery plans, and other issues regarding polar bear protections.
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Mad Cow Disease: Agricultural Issues for Congress

Mad Cow Disease: Agricultural Issues for Congress

Date: June 28, 2005
Creator: Becker, Geoffrey S
Description: None
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Endangered Species: Difficult Choices

Endangered Species: Difficult Choices

Date: August 26, 2004
Creator: Corn, M. Lynne; Buck, Eugene H & Baldwin, Pamela
Description: This report discusses issues debated in the 108th Congress while is considering various proposals to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA). Major issues in recent years have included changing the role of science in decision-making, changing the role of critical habitat, reducing conflicts with Department of Defense activities, incorporating further protection for property owners, and increasing protection of listed species, among others. In addition, many have advocated including significant changes to ESA regulations made during the Clinton Administration in the law itself.
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Livestock Mandatory Price Reporting

Livestock Mandatory Price Reporting

Date: August 15, 2001
Creator: Heykoop, Jerry
Description: None
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Endangered Species: Continuing Controversy

Endangered Species: Continuing Controversy

Date: November 21, 2000
Creator: Corn, M. Lynne
Description: The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) has been one of the most controversial of all environmental laws. Undoubtedly, the controversy stems from the strict substantive provisions of this law compared to many other environmental laws which tend to be more procedurally oriented or to permit greater administrative discretion. As a result of the ESA’s standards, the Act often plays a role in disputes in which all sides agree that a given species is not the center of the debate.
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