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Agricultural Conservation: USDA Needs to Better Ensure Protection of Highly Erodible Cropland and Wetlands
GAO-03-418: Published: Apr 21, 2003. Publicly Released: May 21, 2003.
Annually, over a billion tons of soil erodes from the nation's cropland, and thousands of other acres, including wetlands, are converted to new cropland. Soil erosion reduces the land's productivity and impairs water quality; drained wetlands reduce flood control. Under the 1985 Food Security Act, farmers risk losing federal farm payments if they do not apply conservation practices to reduce erosi...
Agricultural Conservation: Survey of USDA State Technical Committee Members
GAO-02-371SP: Published: Mar 1, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2002.
This report presents the views of members of state technical committees on (1) the effectiveness of USDA's conservation efforts in addressing environmental concerns related to agriculture, (2) any program elements that hinder the achievement of related environmental objectives, and (3) any program characteristics that current or new programs might include to better meet these objectives. GAO summa...
Natural Resources Conservation Service: Additional Actions Needed to Strengthen Program and Financial Accountability
RCED-00-83: Published: Apr 7, 2000. Publicly Released: May 8, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) efforts to improve its accountability, focusing on the: (1) agency's new approach and the status of its implementation; and (2) extent to which the approach will improve accountability.GAO noted that: (1) NRCS' new approach to improving accountability is based principally on implementin...
USDA Reorganization: Progress Mixed in Modernizing the Delivery of Services
RCED-00-43: Published: Feb 3, 2000. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) efforts to modernize and reorganize its county-based agencies, focusing on: (1) identifying USDA's major reorganization and modernization initiatives for these agencies; (2) examining the progress USDA has made in completing these initiatives; and (3) identifying major issues impeding progress t...
Wetlands Overview: Problems With Acreage Data Persist
RCED-98-150: Published: Jul 1, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) developed an inventory of the federal agencies involved in wetlands-related activities and the funding and staffing associated with their activities during fiscal years (FY) 1990 through 1997; and (2) determined if the data on wetlands acreage reported by these agencies are consistent and reliable.GAO noted that: (1) at least 36 agencies conducted wetl...
Commodity Credit Corporation: Information on the Availability, Use, and Management of Funds
RCED-98-114: Published: Apr 28, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on how Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) funds are spent and controlled, focusing on: (1) how much money CCC had available and spent in fiscal years (FY) 1996 and 1997, including the sources of these funds and the programs and activities for which they were used; (2) the management practices used to control CCC funds; (3) whether CCC's...
Farm Programs: Efforts to Achieve Equitable Treatment of Minority Farmers
RCED-97-41: Published: Jan 24, 1997. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Farm Service Agency's (FSA) efforts to conduct farm programs in an equitable manner, focusing on: (1) FSA efforts to treat minority farmers in the same way as nonminority farmers in delivering program services; (2) minority representation in county office staffing and on county committees in the counties with the highest numbers of minority far...
Agriculture and the Environment: Information on and Characteristics of Selected Watershed Projects
RCED-95-218: Published: Jun 30, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the effects of agricultural production on water pollution, focusing on lessons learned from nine innovative, successful watershed projects that reduced such pollution.GAO found that: (1) the watershed projects ranged from 5 acres to 150 million acres and involved both surface water and groundwater resources; (2) the watershed projects have received...