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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Agricultural Research: Background and Issues

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues

Focuses on the debate over the direction that federal support of agricultural research should take and its relationship to research sponsored by private commercial interests.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Shifts in U.S. Merchandise Trade 2015

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Energy,Foreign Trade/Investment,Manufacturing,Natural Resources,Statistics

Reviews U.S. trade performance during the year with a focus on changes in exports and imports of key natural resources, agricultural, and manufacturing products.  Also examines changes in trade relations with 4 key partners and country groups.  Also has special topic: the impact of declining energy prices on U.S. sectoral trade flows.  From the U.S. International Trade Commission.


USDA Branded Food Products Database

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Statistics

Joins the National Nutrient Database with information about food products.  The Branded Food Products Database currently contains nutrition details on more than 80,000 name-brand prepared and packaged foods available at restaurants and groceries.  Will eventually include up to 500,000 products with expanded details from Nutrition Facts Panel.  From the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Trends in U.S. Agriculture’s Consumption and Production of Energy

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Energy,Statistics

Examines recent trends in energy use in the agricultural sector and the extent to which farm businesses engage in on-farm energy production.   Covers renewable power, shale energy, and cellulosic biomass.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Methane: An Introduction to Emission Sources and Reduction Strategies

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Waste Management

Covers emissions, historical trends, the source sectors (agriculture, fossil energies, and waste management), issues in measurement, cost-benefit considerations, and current issues for Congress.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


International Food Security Assessment, 2016-2026

Categories: Africa,Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Income/Poverty

The share of food-insecure people in the 76 low- and middle-income countries is projected to fall from 17% in 2016 to 6% in 2026.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Intelligent Transportation Systems: Urban and Rural Transit Providers Reported Benefits but Face Deployment Challenges

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Science/Technology,Transportation,Urban Issues

Describes the extent of use of ITS by transit providers in large urbanized areas, the ITS uptake in small urban and rural areas, the benefits and challenges of deploying ITS, and the extent to which Transportation Department resources have been used to promote and support ITS.  From the Government Accountability Office


Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Likely Impact on the U.S. Economy and on Specific Industry Sectors

Required report (788 pages) to Congress and the President which provides an overview of the TPP agreement, findings as to the likely economy-wide effects, and specific sectoral effects.  These include food and agricultural products, manufactured goods, energy, and services.  From the U.S. International Trade Commission


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