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Farm Payments and Loans: Consistency Needed in USDA Crop Yield Estimates
RCED-86-118: Published: May 29, 1986. Publicly Released: May 29, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the methods used by the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS), the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), and the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) to estimate crop yields. The review identified: (1) the impact of differences in estimated yields the agencies used; and (2) possible improvements to the yield estimation pr...
Cross Compliance: USDA Could Reduce Crop Production by Requiring Cross Compliance
RCED-86-64BR: Published: Dec 11, 1985. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided a summary of its analysis of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) current production control programs and the use of a cross-compliance requirement to increase program effectiveness.GAO found that: (1) production control programs that USDA has used since 1982 permit farmers who enroll one or more crops to offset part or all of their decreased...
The Agricultural Export Enhancement Program
128096: Oct 8, 1985
GAO discussed whether the Agricultural Export Enhancement Program could achieve its objectives to: (1) increase U.S. farm product exports; and (2) encourage negotiations with trading partners on agricultural problems. The program was established with $2 billion in surplus Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) agricultural commodities, which CCC used to expand sales of U.S. agricultural commodities in...
1983 Payment-in-Kind Program Overview: Its Design, Impact, and Cost
RCED-85-89: Published: Sep 25, 1985. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 1985.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) 1983 Payment-In-Kind (PIK) program to determine the: (1) design and justification of key 1983 PIK program provisions; (2) program's impact and cost; (3) distribution of payments to farmers; and (4) effectiveness of the acquisition and delivery of commodities to farmers.GAO found that: (1) the USDA determination that the $50,000 payment limitation...
Comments Concerning Cargo Preference Statute
B-204391: Published: Sep 18, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1985.
GAO was asked whether the cargo preference statutes apply to the sale of butter by the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to the New Zealand Dairy Board. Of concern is the term of the contract which provides for payment 180 days from the date of the CCC invoice and the absence of a contract requirement stating that shipment be made on U.S. flag vessels. Under the law, whenever the United States fu...
Decisionmaking Process for Farm Program Policies Needs To Be Improved
RCED-85-81: Published: Jun 4, 1985. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1985.
GAO reviewed the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service's (ASCS) policy decision to defer the repayment of certain commodity advance deficiency payments.ASCS revised the refund policy to: (1) correct a problem it encountered in administering farm commodity programs at county offices; and (2) provide an additional enrollment incentive for the 1984 corn program. GAO found that: (1) ASCS...
Information on the Department of Agriculture's Commodity Exchange Contracts for the 1983 Payment-In-Kind Program
RCED-85-62: Published: Mar 11, 1985. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) actions in providing commodities to producers participating in the 1983 Payment-in-Kind (PIK) Program by exchanges of commodities between the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and the grain industry.GAO found that the PIK Program limited the production of five commodities by reducing the number of acres pl...
Department of Agriculture and Producer Costs To Operate the Tobacco Program
RCED-85-30: Published: Feb 8, 1985. Publicly Released: Feb 8, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) whether the tobacco program operated at no net cost to the government; (2) whether assessments against tobacco producers were sufficient to meet possible losses in stored tobacco purchased with Department of Agriculture (USDA) loans; (3) the extent to which active tobacco farmers have purchased allotments or quotas and whether l...
Department of Agriculture's Acquisition and Distribution of Commodities for Its 1983 Payment-in-Kind Program
RCED-84-137: Published: Sep 25, 1984. Publicly Released: Nov 27, 1984.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Payment-in-Kind (PIK) program, which compensates farmers who withhold production of any of five types of commodities with certain amounts of the crops they would otherwise have harvested.GAO found that, in 1983, producers idled about 48 million of the 212 million acres USDA had expected to be planted in the fi...
Evaluation of the Quality of Corn Stored by USDA at a Plainview, TX, Grain Warehouse
RCED-84-175: Published: Aug 17, 1984. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 1984.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO investigated reports that significant quantities of corn owned by the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and stored in commercial warehouses in Texas had seriously deteriorated.The GAO review focused on one particular warehouse in Texas where about 22 million bushels of CCC-owned corn have been stored since 1980. Analyses performed in November 1983 and in F...