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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...
ASCS Needs Better Information To Adequately Assess Proposed County and State Office Automation
IMTEC-84-11: Published: May 25, 1984. Publicly Released: May 25, 1984.
GAO examined the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service's (ASCS) cost-benefit analysis to determine whether ASCS adequately justified the automation of its state and county offices.Before automating the state and county offices that administer ASCS commodity and land use programs, ASCS tested the idea in seven county offices. The ASCS cost-benefit analysis shows greater estimated bene...
Foreign Currency Purchases Can Be Reduced Through Greater Use of Currency Use Payments Under Public Law 480 Commodity Sales Agreements
NSIAD-84-76: Published: Apr 10, 1984. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 1984.
GAO examined the U.S. collections of local currencies payable under provisions in certain commodity sales agreements to see whether they are being collected in a timely manner.GAO found that amounts owed remained uncollected while needed local currencies were purchased with dollars from commercial sources. Purchases of local currencies could have been reduced by $29 million between October 1981 an...
Improved Administration of Special Surplus Dairy Product Distribution Program Needed
RCED-84-58: Published: Mar 14, 1984. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 1984.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) program for distributing surplus dairy products to the needy. Specifically, GAO was asked to determine whether program administration adequately ensured that products were provided only to the needy and to develop estimates on the extent to which donated products displaced commercial sales.GAO believes that...
Followup on Actions Needed To Protect Depositors at Federally Examined Grain Warehouses
RCED-83-159: Published: Jul 18, 1983. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 1983.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on actions taken by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) in response to recommendations contained in a 1981 GAO report.In that report, GAO found that the development and use of a reliable formula for predicting warehouses that may go bankrupt in the foreseeable future would make the Federal warehouse examination program more effective....
GAO Reviews of Department of Agriculture and Related Agencies' Activities
112251: May 6, 1980
GAO has completed several reviews in the past year relating to food production and marketing, food assistance, farm and rural credit, farmland and certain administrative matters. In the food production area, the reviews covered the wheat and feed grain set-aside programs, the sugar and rice programs, and the dairy program. In the food marketing area, GAO has covered cooperatives, grain inspection,...