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Crop Insurance: USDA's Progress in Expanding Insurance for Specialty Crops
RCED-99-67: Published: Apr 16, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the availability of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) federal crop insurance for specialty crops, focusing on: (1) USDA's recent progress in expanding coverage to specialty crops; (2) the new marketing practices insurance companies have introduced for specialty crops and the potential advantages and disadvantages of the practices, including th...
Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation: Livestock Assistance Program
OGC-99-40: Published: Apr 16, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC) Livestock Assistance Program (LAP). GAO noted that: (1) the rule would provide new terms and conditions for LAP authorized in the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 1999; (2) in counties that have suffered a 40 percent or greater loss of...
Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service: Pseudorabies in Swine and Payment of Indemnity
OGC-99-31: Published: Jan 29, 1999. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's (APHIS) new rule concerning containing pseudorabies in swine. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would establish the animal health regulations to provide for the payment of indemnity for the voluntary depopulation of herds of swine known to be infected with pseudorabies; (2) APHIS states that the payment...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Administrative Streamlining Is Expected to Continue Through 2002
RCED-99-34: Published: Dec 11, 1998. Publicly Released: Jan 11, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) progress in streamlining its administrative operations, focusing on USDA's efforts to: (1) reduce the number of administrative staff departmentwide; (2) consolidate and streamline administrative support structures for seven field-based agencies, particularly at the state office level; and (3) me...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Status of Closing and Consolidating County Offices
T-RCED-98-250: Published: Jul 29, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the status of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) consolidation and closure of its county offices for three of its field-based organizations--the Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Rural Development mission area, focusing on: (1) the data reported by USDA to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, a...
Food and Agriculture Issue Area Plan, Fiscal Years 1997-99: 1999 Update
IAP-98-12: Published: Jun 1, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 1998.
GAO provided information on its Food and Agriculture issue area plan for fiscal years 1997 to 1999.GAO plans to examine ways to: (1) determine ways to promote the efficient delivery of food and nutrition assistance programs; (2) streamline the Department of Agriculture to improve efficiency in service delivery; reduce waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in agriculture programs; and promote the...
Farm Programs: Service to Farmers Will Likely Change as Farm Service Agency Continues to Reduce Staff and Close Offices
RCED-98-136: Published: May 1, 1998. Publicly Released: May 18, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the impact of actual and proposed staff reductions and office closings by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) on the quality of service to farmers.GAO noted that: (1) FSA's staff reductions and office closures to date do not appear to have affected the quality of service provided to farmers; (2) according to the Department of Agriculture's 1997 customer...
Tobacco: Issues Surrounding a National Tobacco Settlement
RCED-98-110: Published: Apr 15, 1998. Publicly Released: May 14, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed issues surrounding a proposed national tobacco settlement, focusing on: (1) tobacco-related industries and existing studies that assess the national and regional economic impacts of the tobacco industry; (2) smoking trends for United States and Canadian youths; (3) the potential effect of a settlement on state revenues from cigarette excise taxes;...
Farm Programs: Administrative Requirements Reduced and Further Program Delivery Changes Possible
RCED-98-98: Published: Apr 20, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the administrative requirements placed on farmers participating in the revamped farm programs, as well as the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) efficiency in delivering program services to farmers, focusing on the: (1) extent to which the changes to the farm programs resulting from the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 have re...
Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation: Environmental Quality Incentives Program
OGC-97-50: Published: Jun 12, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC) new rule on the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). GAO noted that: (1) the final rule would establish EQIP to assume the functions of the repealed Agricultural Conservation, the Great Plains Conservation, the Water Quality Incentives, and the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Programs and...