Like the rest of America, I have been closely following the numerous (and often unflattering) accounts of the debt-ceiling drama that has unfolded in the U.S. Congress and Senate.  The questions being debated have countless implications for industries all across the country, but very few have quite as much at stake as the renewable energy

In 2011, the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) is planning to spend roughly $1.9 billion dollars on conservation programs designed to encourage landowners to improve their natural resource stewardship and meet environmental challenges on their land.  The roughly 275 million acres currently enrolled in these programs is expected to increase to an estimated 300