The Center for Agricultural & Environmental Policy regularly publishes Issue Briefs on interesting and important topics: 

  • Could a calorie tax or cuts in farm subsidies reduce obesity? (Alston et al) (PDF)
  • What would happen if the Conservation Reserve Program were reduced? (Wu & Weber) (PDF)
  • Got Subsidies? Who Benefits from Farm Programs and How that Could Change with a New Farm Bill (Antle and Houston) (PDF)
  • What Happens to Exports as Domestic Agricultural Policy Changes? (Reimer) (PDF)
  • How Do Alternative Designs of Payments for Ecosystem Services Affect Different Interest Groups? (Wu) (PDF)
  • What is the Role of Crop Insurance for "Specialty" Crops? (Lee and Sumner) (PDF)
  • How does the Food Safety Modernization Act Affect Farms and Food Marketing Firms? (Bovay and Sumner) (PDF)
  • How Does Domestic Food Assistance Affect Rural and Urban Household Incomes? (Weber and Lewin) (PDF)
  • What Can be Done to Reinvigorate US Agricultural Research? (Pardey, Alston, and Chan-Kang) (PDF)
  • Did Rapid Growth of Ethanol Production in the US Affect Global Food Price Volatility? (Roberts and Tran) (PDF)
  • How Does the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Affect the United States Economy? (Reimer) (PDF)
  • How Do Extreme Climate Events Affect Specialty Crops and Irrigation Management? (Olen and Wu) (PDF)
  • The 2014 Farm Bill: What Are the Major Reforms and How Do They Affect Western Agriculture? (Olen and Wu) (PDF)
  • What are the Major Climate Risks for Agriculture in the U.S. Pacific Northwest? (Olen et al) (PDF)