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Small Business Participation in MPP
GGD-93-42R: Published: May 19, 1993. Publicly Released: May 19, 1993.
Pursuant to congressional requests, GAO provided information on the extent of small business participation in the Foreign Agricultural Service's Market Promotion Program (MPP). GAO noted that: (1) 11 of the top 50 firms in the program meet the Small Business Administration's (SBA) size standards for small businesses; (2) the 11 firms received 17.6 percent of MPP funding in fiscal year (FY) 1992; (...
Farm Finance: Number of New Farmers Is Declining
RCED-93-95: Published: May 3, 1993. Publicly Released: May 3, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on people's entry into farming and on the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) implementation of Food, Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990 provisions to encourage beginning farmers.GAO found that: (1) the number of new farmers has declined by 25 percent annually due to the agricultural sector's poor economic conditions, the...
Export Promotion: Improving Small Businesses' Access to Federal Programs
T-GGD-93-22: Published: Apr 28, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 1993.
GAO discussed funding for federal export promotion programs, the delivery of export promotion services, the Export Enhancement Act of 1992, the status of federal efforts to help small businesses export, and ways to improve small companies' access to the programs. GAO noted that: (1) export promotion programs are not funded on the basis of any governmentwide strategy or set of priorities; (2) expor...
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...
Communications Within FmHA
RCED-93-120R: Published: Mar 24, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed communications between the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) national office and FmHA field offices. GAO noted that: (1) FmHA uses data from operating reports to produce budget and cost projections, but the data collected are not accurate; (2) 30 percent of FmHA county offices had inaccurate operating reports; (3) 27 of 46 FmHA state offices bel...
Export Promotion: Governmentwide Strategy Needed for Federal Programs
T-GGD-93-7: Published: Mar 15, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 1993.
GAO discussed federal export promotion programs. GAO noted that: (1) there is no governmentwide export promotion strategy to govern any funding allocations; (2) in fiscal year 1991, the Department of Agriculture spent 74 percent of total federal outlays on export promotion and issued $5.7 billion in export loans and loan guarantees; (3) there is no single budget category for all export promotion p...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Better Management Could Increase Effectiveness of FAS Export Operations
T-GGD-93-5: Published: Feb 23, 1993. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 1993.
GAO discussed weaknesses that reduce the effectiveness of the Foreign Agricultural Service's (FAS) export operations and programs. GAO noted that: (1) FAS manages about $10 billion in agricultural export assistance programs that are designed to increase U.S. agricultural exports and develop foreign markets; (2) problems with FAS market promotion programs (MPP) include inadequate market research an...
Farmers Home Administration: Final Resolution of Farm Loan or Servicing Appeals
RCED-93-28: Published: Feb 10, 1993. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the final resolution of appeals of Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) loan decisions to determine whether appellants received loans: (1) they requested after FmHA lending decisions were remanded for reconsideration; and (2) and loan servicing in a timely manner.GAO found that: (1) of the 680 remanded loanmaking appeals, an estimated 41 percent of a...
Export Promotion: Federal Efforts to Increase Exports of Renewable Energy Technologies
GGD-93-29: Published: Dec 30, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 30, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the federal Committee on Renewable Energy, Commerce, and Trade's (CORECT) efforts to promote the export of U.S. renewable energy technologies, focusing on CORECT: (1) export promotion activities; (2) guidelines for financing such exports; (3) recommendations for specific markets in the Caribbean Basin and Pacific Rim and its identification of futur...
High Risk Series: Farmers Home Administration's Farm Loan Programs
HR-93-1: Published: Dec 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1992.
GAO provided information on the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) management of direct and guaranteed farm loan programs and federal farm properties, focusing on FmHA failure to comply with loan and property management standards and program policies which contribute to financial risks.GAO found that: (1) FmHA attempted to provide high-risk farmers with temporary credit until they were able to s...