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CBO produces cost estimates for multiyear farm bills and other changes to the federal government’s agriculture programs. The agency also studies the broader effects of possible changes to agricultural policies and related policies, such as ones that promote biofuels or affect the allocation of water supplies.

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    Testimony on the Renewable Fuel Standard: Issues for 2015 and Beyond

    November 3, 2015

    Terry Dinan, Senior Advisor for CBO’s Microeconomic Studies Division, testifies on the Renewable Fuel Standard before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Subcommittee on Environment.

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    Child Nutrition Programs: Spending and Policy Options

    September 25, 2015

    Since 1990, real spending for child nutrition programs more than doubled—to $20 billion in 2014. CBO expects that increases in food prices and demographic changes will cause spending to rise further in the future.

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    The Renewable Fuel Standard: Issues for 2014 and Beyond

    June 26, 2014

    Using the rising amounts of renewable transportation fuels required by the Renewable Fuel Standard will be difficult. CBO looks at how those requirements and alternatives would affect fuel and food prices and greenhouse gas emissions.