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Agricultural Conservation: USDA Needs to Better Ensure Protection of Highly Erodible Cropland and Wetlands
GAO-03-418: Published: Apr 21, 2003. Publicly Released: May 21, 2003.
Annually, over a billion tons of soil erodes from the nation's cropland, and thousands of other acres, including wetlands, are converted to new cropland. Soil erosion reduces the land's productivity and impairs water quality; drained wetlands reduce flood control. Under the 1985 Food Security Act, farmers risk losing federal farm payments if they do not apply conservation practices to reduce erosi...
Agricultural Conservation: Survey of USDA State Technical Committee Members
GAO-02-371SP: Published: Mar 1, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2002.
This report presents the views of members of state technical committees on (1) the effectiveness of USDA's conservation efforts in addressing environmental concerns related to agriculture, (2) any program elements that hinder the achievement of related environmental objectives, and (3) any program characteristics that current or new programs might include to better meet these objectives. GAO summa...
Farm Programs: Information on Recipients of Federal Payments
GAO-01-606: Published: Jun 15, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 2001.
Payments to farmers under federal farm programs have reached an historic high--over $20 billion in fiscal year 2000. Nearly half of U.S. farms are receiving payments for income or price support purposes and/or for engaging in activities such as land conservation. These payments, in total, made up almost one-half of net farm income in fiscal year 2000. Despite the annual influx of billions of feder...
Commodity Programs: Impact of Support Provisions on Selected Commodity Prices
RCED-97-45: Published: Feb 21, 1997. Publicly Released: Feb 21, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the impact of support provisions on selected commodity prices, focusing on: (1) whether marketing loan provisions prevent loan rates from acting as price floors and whether they allow U.S. prices to fall to levels closer to world prices; (2) the effect lower loan rates would have on the relationship between U.S. and world prices; (3) the affect of...
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...
Farm Service Agency: Update on the Farm Loan Portfolio
RCED-97-35: Published: Jan 3, 1997. Publicly Released: Jan 3, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided selected information on the direct and guaranteed farm loan programs administered by the Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA), focusing on the: (1) levels of outstanding principal on active loans and amounts owed by delinquent borrowers as of September 30, 1996, compared with similar data as of September 30, 1995; and (2) losses on...
Commodity Programs: Freedom-to-Farm Approach Will Reduce USDA's Personnel Costs
RCED-96-116: Published: May 22, 1996. Publicly Released: May 22, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the personnel reductions that the Department of Agriculture (USDA) could have achieved if Congress had implemented the freedom-to-farm provisions of H.R. 2195 and the proposed Balanced Budget Act.GAO noted that: (1) under H.R. 2195, the freedom-to-farm provisions would have reduced the Farm Service Agency's (FSA) personnel by 1,823 staff years and...
The Export Enhancement Program, U.S. Foreign Agricultural Market Development Programs, CCC Export Credit Guarantee Programs, and L Term Bilateral Grain Agreements and Countertrade
131131: Sep 30, 1986
GAO discussed: (1) the status of the export enhancement program (EEP); (2) U.S. foreign market development efforts; (3) agricultural export credit programs; and (4) long-term grain agreements and countertrade. GAO noted that: (1) EEP is affecting the European Community by increasing competition, lowering affected commodity prices, increasing restitution, and contributing to additional dissent with...
GAO Reviews of Department of Agriculture and Related Agencies' Activities
112251: May 6, 1980
GAO has completed several reviews in the past year relating to food production and marketing, food assistance, farm and rural credit, farmland and certain administrative matters. In the food production area, the reviews covered the wheat and feed grain set-aside programs, the sugar and rice programs, and the dairy program. In the food marketing area, GAO has covered cooperatives, grain inspection,...
Review of Maintenance of Federally Assisted Conservation Structures and Measures in Iowa
CED-77-63: Published: May 17, 1977. Publicly Released: May 17, 1977.
Some conservation measures and structures installed with federal cost-sharing assistance under the Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Conservation Program have been eliminated by the original or subsequent owners of the farm properties.Visits to about 165 farms in Iowa showed that some conservation practices had been eliminated or modified, but there did not appear to be a serious problem. A...