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Farm Payments: Basic Changes Needed To Avoid Abuse of the $50,000 Payment Limit
RCED-87-176: Published: Jul 20, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1987.
GAO reviewed the: (1) Department of Agriculture's (USDA) administration of the $50,000 limit on direct agricultural support payments; and (2) impact on farm programs of individuals who reorganize their farming operations to qualify for additional payments.GAO found that: (1) if the current trend in reorganizations continues through 1989, 31,300 additional persons could receive payments, which woul...
International Trade: Alternative Trading Practices for International Grain Trade
NSIAD-87-90BR: Published: Mar 17, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO: (1) provided information concerning the nature, extent, and structure of long-term bilateral grain agreements and countertrade; (2) listed the advantages and disadvantages of employing such policy trading tools; and (3) analyzed and compared selected U.S. and foreign experiences with these agreements and countertrade in the international grain market.GA...
Farm Programs: Payments and Loans to Foreign Owners of U.S. Cropland
RCED-87-81BR: Published: Mar 19, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 3, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the extent of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) farm program payments and loans to foreign individuals and entities that owned U.S. cropland.GAO found that: (1) USDA estimated that farm program costs would reach $72 billion for a 3-year period ending in 1988, with a large part of the funds going to producers for taking cropland out of produ...
Agricultural Trade Legislation: Title VI, H.R. 3
T-NSIAD-87-24: Published: Mar 31, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1987.
GAO discussed Title VI of the Trade and International Economic Policy Reform Act of 1987, which would significantly restructure and reorient the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) management of agricultural trade. GAO believes that: (1) designating USDA as lead agency for agricultural trade and trade policy matters is unnecessary; (2) transferring the International Economic Division and the World...
Costs and Other Information on USDA's Commodity Certificates
T-RCED-87-10: Published: Mar 26, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 1987.
GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC) use of commodity certificates in lieu of cash payments under commodity price-support loan programs and the cost of issuing certificates instead of cash. Farmers who receive certificates may exchange them for their crops or cash, or sell them to other farmers, grain companies, or any other interested buyers. The cost...
Farm Payments: Cost and Other Information on USDA's Commodity Certificates
RCED-87-117BR: Published: Mar 26, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's use of commodity certificates and the costs of issuing the certificates in lieu of cash payments.GAO found that: (1) the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) issued about $5.5 billion in commodity certificates to farm program participants in lieu of cash payments; (2) as of January 1987, participants had exchanged $3 b...
[Comments on Whether USDA Implementation of Section of Food Security Act Violates Applicable Laws]
B-223857: Published: Feb 27, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO commented on whether the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) actions in implementing section 104 of the Food Security Act violated the Prompt Payment Act or any other applicable laws. GAO noted that: (1) USDA implemented a program through the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to purchase a total of 400 million pounds of red meat to minimize the adverse e...
Emergency Assistance: Operation of USDA's Livestock Feed Programs
RCED-87-59: Published: Mar 6, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) emergency livestock feed assistance programs to determine: (1) whether the Emergency Feed Assistance Program (EFAP) was effective in providing a timely response to emergency conditions in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota during 1985 and 1986; (2) the comparative benefits of the Emergency Feed...
Grain Shipments: Agriculture Can Reduce Costs by Increased Use of Negotiated Rail Rates
RCED-87-42: Published: Jan 21, 1987. Publicly Released: Jan 27, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the methods that the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) used to ship government grain by rail, focusing on: (1) the extent to which USDA negotiated rate and service concessions with railroads, in comparison with private grain shippers and other government agencies; (2) savings that resul...
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...