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USDA Farm Programs: Farmers Have Been Eligible for Multiple Programs and Further Efforts Could Help Prevent Duplicative Payments
GAO-14-428: Published: Jul 8, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2014.
From fiscal years 2008 through 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported spending about $114 billion on 60 programs providing financial assistance to farmers, including about $28 billion in crop insurance subsidies. Those programs existed during the effective period of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 farm bill). Most were administered by the Farm Service Agency...
Crop Insurance: More Needs To Be Done to Reduce Program's Vulnerability to Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
GAO-06-878T: Published: Jun 15, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2006.
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) administers the federal crop insurance program in partnership with private insurers. In 2005, the program cost $2.7 billion, including an estimated $117 million in losses from fraud, waste, and abuse. The Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000 (ARPA) provided new tools to monitor and control abuses, such as providing RMA sanctio...
Crop Insurance: Actions Needed to Reduce Program's Vulnerability to Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
GAO-05-528: Published: Sep 30, 2005. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2005.
Federal crop insurance protects producers against losses from natural disasters. In 2004, the crop insurance program provided $47 billion in coverage, at a cost of $3.6 billion, including an estimated $160 million in losses from fraud and abuse. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) administers this program with private insurers. The Agricultural Risk Protection...
Department of Agriculture: Improvements in the Operations of the Civil Rights Program Would Benefit Hispanic and Other Minority Farmers
GAO-02-942: Published: Sep 20, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2002.
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) runs a direct loan program that provides loans to farmers who are unable to obtain private commercial credit to buy and operate farms. FSA is required to administer this program in a fair, unbiased manner. GAO found that during fiscal years 2000 and 2001, FSA averaged 4 days longer to process loan applications from Hispanic farmers than it did for non-Hispanic farmers...
GSM Export Credit Guarantees
GGD-94-211R: Published: Sep 29, 1994. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of the General Sales Manager (GSM) export credit guarantee programs, intended to promote the export of U.S. agricultural commodities. GAO noted that: (1) from January 1980 through August 17, 1994, USDA issued about $51.1 billion of GSM credit guarantees to 61 countries, with Mexico, South...