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Agricultural Trade: USDA Is Monitoring Market Development Programs as Required but Could Improve Analysis of Impact
GAO-13-740: Published: Jul 31, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 2013.
Market development program participants use program funds to support a variety of activities intended to raise awareness or acceptance of U.S. agricultural products in overseas markets. Common activities include, among others, market research, consumer and retail promotion, and participation in international trade shows. GAO's analysis of expenditure data from 2007 through 2011 shows that particip...
Management Letter: Recommendations for Improvements to USDA's Internal Controls and Policies on Premium Class Air Travel
GAO-08-85R: Published: Nov 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2007.
At the request of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, in September 2007 we reported on the governmentwide use of premium class travel. As part of the audit and related investigations, we tested premium class transactions at the Department of Agriculture (USDA). The purpose of this letter is to provide the Acting Secretary of...
Country-of-Origin Labeling for Certain Foods--Survey Results, an E-supplement to GAO-03-780
GAO-03-781SP: Published: Aug 5, 2003. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 2003.
A requirement that retail grocers identify certain agricultural products by country of origin was included in legislation passed in 2002. Beginning September 30, 2004 when the new law takes effect, grocery stores will have to clearly mark the covered products--beef, pork, lamb, fruits, vegetables, fish, shellfish, and peanuts--with their country of origin. GAO was asked to identify which U.S. trad...
Tobacco Exports: USDA's Foreign Agriculture Service Lacks Specific Guidance for Congressional Restrictions on Promoting Tobacco
GAO-03-618: Published: May 30, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 2003.
Since 1994, the Agriculture Appropriations Act has prohibited the funding of tobacco export programs and restricted the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) tobacco-related activities. Since 1998, the Commerce, Justice, and State Appropriations Act has placed similar restrictions on the Departments of Commerce and State and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), although it has not...
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...
International Trade: Impact of the Uruguay Round Agreement on the Export Enhancement Program
GGD-94-180BR: Published: Aug 5, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the potential impact of the Uruguay Round Agreement on the Export Enhancement Program (EEP) and other Department of Agriculture (USDA) export programs.GAO found that: (1) the United States may have to reduce its agricultural export subsidies by 1995 if the agreement is implemented; (2) the potential subsidized export reductions would...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Improvements Needed in Foreign Agricultural Service Management
T-GGD-94-56: Published: Nov 10, 1993. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1993.
GAO discussed the operation of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), focusing on its: (1) management of export promotion and assistance programs; (2) use of resources in reporting on agricultural developments overseas; and (3) strategic planning. GAO noted that: (1) FAS needs greater management controls to eliminate continuing weaknesses; (2) FAS should reduce the amount of reporting on foreign...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Market Promotion Program Could Be More Effective
T-GGD-93-38: Published: Jun 23, 1993. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1993.
GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's Market Promotion Program (MPP). GAO noted that: (1) during fiscal years 1986 through 1993, over $1.25 billion was authorized for MPP, but the current funding process does not address several important factors; (2) the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) does not require commercial firms to demonstrate that MPP funds will be used to increase promotional...
International Trade: Effectiveness of Market Promotion Program Remains Unclear
GGD-93-103: Published: Jun 4, 1993. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 1993.
Pursuant to congressional requests, GAO evaluated the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Market Promotion Program (MPP), focusing on whether MPP: (1) has successfully developed, maintained, or expanded U.S. agricultural exports; and (2) participants continue to need federal funding.GAO found that: (1) the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) believes that there is a positive correlation between MPP...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Improvements Needed in Market Promotion Program
T-GGD-93-17: Published: Mar 25, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1993.
GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's Market Promotion Program (MPP). GAO noted that: (1) MPP was created to encourage U.S. agricultural exports, focusing on high-value products, processed products, and supporting products adversely affected by unfair foreign trade practices; (2) between 1986 and 1993, MPP funding totalled more than $1.25 billion; (3) about 65 non-profit associations are i...