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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 GAO noted that: (1) the final rule would establish EQIP to assume the functions of the repealed Agricultural Conservation, the Great Plains Conservation, the Water Quality Incentives, and the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Programs and...
Farm Programs: Efforts to Achieve Equitable Treatment of Minority Farmers
RCED-97-41: Published: Jan 24, 1997. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Farm Service Agency's (FSA) efforts to conduct farm programs in an equitable manner, focusing on: (1) FSA efforts to treat minority farmers in the same way as nonminority farmers in delivering program services; (2) minority representation in county office staffing and on county committees in the counties with the highest numbers of minority far...
Agriculture and the Environment: Information on and Characteristics of Selected Watershed Projects
RCED-95-218: Published: Jun 30, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the effects of agricultural production on water pollution, focusing on lessons learned from nine innovative, successful watershed projects that reduced such pollution.GAO found that: (1) the watershed projects ranged from 5 acres to 150 million acres and involved both surface water and groundwater resources; (2) the watershed projects have received...
USDA Research and Extension Agencies: Missions, Structures, and Budgets
RCED-93-74FS: Published: Feb 18, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the missions, programs, organizational structures, and staffing and funding of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the Cooperative State Research Service (CSRS), the Extension Service (ES), and the Soil Conservation Service (SCS).GAO found that: (1) ARS serves as a research agency for the Department of Agriculture and has acquir...
USDA Revenues: A Descriptive Compendium
RCED-93-19FS: Published: Nov 27, 1992. Publicly Released: Nov 27, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) revenues from nonfederal sources for its products and services, focusing on: (1) USDA agencies that collect the revenues; and (2) the amount of revenues USDA collected.GAO found that: (1) information on USDA revenues was not readily available because it was not centrally maintained, and was desc...
Soil Conservation Service Reorganization
RCED-92-254R: Published: Aug 7, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 7, 1992.
GAO reviewed the effects of the consolidation of field offices within the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) to determine: (1) how the benefits of the SCS technical assistance and other services should be evaluated; and (2) what work-load indicators should be considered in developing plans to consolidate SCS field offices. GAO found that: (1) if the Department of Agriculture (USDA) used appropriate c...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Restructuring Will Impact Farm Service Agencies' Automation Plans and Programs
T-IMTEC-92-23: Published: Jun 23, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1992.
GAO discussed the implications that the proposed restructuring of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) will have for the information technology plans of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS), Farmers Home Administration, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), and Soil Conservation Service. GAO noted that: (1) USDA efforts to upgrade field office automation technology h...
Department of Agriculture: Restructuring Will Impact Farm Service Agencies' Automation Plans and Programs
T-IMTEC-92-21: Published: Jun 3, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 3, 1992.
GAO discussed the effects that proposed restructuring of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) would have on the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service's, the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA), the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation's, and the Soil Conservation Service's information technology plans. GAO noted that: (1) since fiscal year (FY) 1985, FmHA has spent over $200 million t...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Farm Agencies' Field Structure Needs Major Overhaul
RCED-91-09: Published: Jan 29, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 1991.
One or more of the 5 farm service agencies maintains a presence in almost every one of the nation's 3,150 counties. In key farm programs, USDA is managed at the grass-roots level by its constituents. Although this organization has made USDA successful in responding to its clients, the heavy constituent involvement makes the Department slow to recognize the need to make changes in the field structu...
Farm Programs: Conservation Compliance Provisions Could Be Made More Effective
RCED-90-206: Published: Sep 24, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) administration of the conservation compliance, sodbuster, and swampbuster provisions of Title XII of the Food Security Act.GAO found that: (1) the act protected only those erodible lands and wetlands that were farmed by USDA program participants, thereby leaving substantial areas unprotected; (2) USDA criteria...