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go directly to report, PDF _ RS22939 - FDA-Authority to Regulate on Farm Activity
14-Aug-2008; Vanessa K. Burrows; 6 p.
Update: Previous Reports:
August 14, 2008
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Abstract: Recent concerns regarding fresh produce contaminated with E. coli or Salmonella have brought attention to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s regulatory authority. Some advocates have requested new FDA food safety regulations, including rules that would regulate activity on farms. One questi.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Public Lands, Legislative
go directly to report, PDF _ RS22928 - Oil Development of Federal Lands and the Outer Continental Shelf
6-Aug-2008; Marc Humphries; 6 p.
Update: Previous Reports:
August 6, 2008
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Abstract: Over the past year, crude oil prices have nearly doubled, reaching record levels. Proposals before Congress include a number of legislative initiatives to increase domestic oil production. These proposals have fallen into two broad categories: (1) to open areas of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Natural Resources, Public Lands
go directly to report, PDF _ RS21030 - ANWR Development: Economic Impacts
24-Jan-2006; Bernard A. Gelb; 6 p.
Update: May 26, 2006

Previous Reports:
NLE/CRSreports/02feb/RS21030.pdf.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: The 109th Congress may again decide whether to continue to protect the ecosystem on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) or to open it to oil and gas drilling – with good prospects of finding economically recoverable amounts of oil. Less certain are the actual amounts o.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Public Lands, Economics & Trade

go directly to report, PDF _ RL34228 - Comparison of the 2008 Farm Bill Conference Agreement with the House and Senate Farm Bills
19-Jun-2008; Renée Johnson, Geoffrey S. Becker, Tom Capehart, Ralph M. Chite, Tadlock Cowan, Ross W. Gorte, Charles E. Hanrahan, Remy Jurenas, Jim Monke, Jean M. Rawson, Randy Schnepf, Joe Richardson, Donald J. Marples and Mark Jickling; 166 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
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Abstract: In late May, both the House and the Senate voted to override a presidential veto of the conference agreement on the 2008 farm bill (H.R. 2419, the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008), and the conference bill became law on May 22, 2008 (P.L. 110-234). However, an enrolling error resulted i.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Legislative, Natural Resources, Public Lands
go directly to report, PDF _ RL33908 - Mining on Federal Lands: Hardrock Minerals
30-Apr-2008; Marc Humphries; 15 p.
Update: Previous releases:
November 6, 2008
May 18, 2007
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Abstract: Mining of hardrock minerals on federal lands is governed primarily by the General Mining Law of 1872. The law grants free access to individuals and corporations to prospect for minerals in public domain lands, and allows them, upon making a discovery, to stake (or “locate”) a claim on that deposi.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Mining, Public Lands
go directly to report, PDF _ RL31447 - Wilderness: Overview and Statistics
10-Mar-2008; Ross W. Gorte; 15 p.
Update: Previous Editions:
July 15, 2005
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Abstract: Congress enacted the Wilderness Act in 1964. This Act created the National Wilderness Preservation System, reserved to Congress the authority to designate wilderness areas, and directed the Secretaries of Agriculture and of the Interior to review certain lands for their wilderness potential. The Act.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Public Lands
go directly to report, PDF _ RS21232 - Grazing Fees: An Overview and Current Issues
10-Mar-2008; Carol Hardy Vincent; 6 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
May 10, 2006


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Abstract: Charging fees for grazing private livestock on federal lands is a long-standing but contentious practice. Generally, livestock producers who use federal lands want to keep fees low, while conservation groups and others believe fees should be increased. The formula for determining the grazing fee .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Public Lands, Federal Agencies

go directly to report, PDF _ RS20702 - South Florida Ecosystem Restoration and the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan
3-Jan-2008; Pervaze A. Sheikh and Nicole T. Carter; 6 p.
Update: Previous releases:
June 1, 2007
December 20, 2006
May 26, 2006
March 27, 2001
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Abstract: South Florida Ecosystem Restoration and the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan Pervaze A. Sheikh Analyst in Environmental Policy and Natural Resources Resources, Science, and Industry Division Nicole T. Carter Specialist in Natural Resources Policy Resources, Science, and Industry Divisio.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Wetlands, Legislative, Public Lands
go directly to report, PDF _ RL30809 - The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and Federal Water Rights
14-Jan-2008; Cynthia Brougher; 15 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
June 27, 2007; by Kristine Alexander
March 5, 2007; by Pamela Baldwin
June 2, 2006
March 23, 2001
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Abstract: During the 1960s, support grew for the idea that the development of our nation’s rivers needed to be balanced by protecting certain rivers that possessed outstanding undeveloped qualities. This sentiment culminated in the enactment of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968. Rivers may be designated .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Public Lands, Water, Risk & Reform
go directly to report, PDF _ RS21967 - Land Exchanges: Bureau of Land Management Process and Issues
30-Aug-2007; Carol Hardy Vincent; 6 p.
Update: August 30, 2007
Previous releases:
February 15, 2005
November 8, 2004
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Abstract: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) typically completes dozens of exchanges a year to acquire and dispose of land. The land exchange process generally has five phases: development of an exchange proposal, feasibility evaluation, processing and documentation (including appraisal), decision analysi.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Public Lands, Federal Agencies
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