On November 22, the Congressional Research Service released “Renewable Energy Issues and the Farm Bill: Status and Issues” detailing how budgetary constraints might endanger renewable energy programs from the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, unless significant offsetting cuts are found elsewhere. The $1.1 billion in mandatory funding for energy programs from the 2008 bill expire in fiscal year 2012, including the Biorefinery Assistance Program, the Rural Energy for America Program, and the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. Programs that overlap with Department of Energy programs will also face scrutiny, since, while the programs may differ, the differences often seem minute to someone unfamiliar with the subject.