Agricultural Marketing Service (11 - 20 of 49 items)
Dairy Products: Imports, Domestic Production, and Regulation of Ultra-filtered Milk
GAO-01-326: Published: Mar 5, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 2001.
The ultra-filtration process for milk, developed in the 1970s, removes most of the fluid components, leaving a high concentration of milk protein that allows cheese and other manufacturers to produce their products more efficiently. No specific data on amount of ultra-filtered milk imports exists because these imports fall under the broader U.S. Customs Service classification of milk protein conce...
Pork Promotion Program: Petition Validation Process Needs to Be Strengthened
RCED-00-274: Published: Sep 28, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) efforts to validate a petition on whether to continue the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Pork Promotion Program, focusing on: (1) the problems AMS encountered in its process to validate the pork petition and AMS' plans to improve the validation process; (2) factors that led to the USDA Secretary's deci...
Biotechnology: Information on Prices of Genetically Modified Seeds in the United States and Argentina
RCED/NSIAD-00-55: Published: Jan 21, 2000. Publicly Released: Feb 22, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the pricing of genetically modified seeds, focusing on the: (1) prices of Roundup Ready soybean seeds and Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) corn seeds in the United States and Argentina; and (2) major reasons for the price differences, if any, between the two countries for these seeds.GAO noted that: (1) in 1998, available data indicate th...
Pork Industry: USDA's Reported Prices Have Not Reflected Actual Sales
RCED-00-26: Published: Dec 14, 1999. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) reports on how the pork industry's sharp decline in prices does not reflect pork prices at the retail level, focusing on the: (1) structural changes in the pork industry that have occurred since the 1980s and their effect on production and marketing; (2) reasons for the sudden and rapid decline in prices paid...
Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service: Milk in the New England and Other Marketing Areas--Order Amending the Orders
OGC-99-65: Published: Sep 16, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) new rule on milk in New England and other marketing areas. GAO noted that: (1) the rule consolidates the 31 federal milk marketing orders into 11 orders in compliance with the 1996 Farm Bill, which mandated that the federal milk marketing orders be consolidated into between 10 and 14 orders; (2) the rule...
Air Traffic Control: FAA's Modernization Investment Management Approach Could Be Strengthened
RCED/AIMD-99-88: Published: Apr 30, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) modernization investment management approach as carried out through the Acquisition Management System (AMS), focusing on the extent to which FAA, through AMS: (1) has established a structured approach for selecting and controlling its investments; (2) incorporates all investments, including those in opera...
Fresh Produce: Potential Consequences of Country-of-Origin Labeling
RCED-99-112: Published: Apr 21, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the: (1) potential costs associated with the compliance and enforcement of a mandatory country-of-origin labeling requirement at the retail level for fresh produce; (2) potential trade issues associated with such a requirement; (3) potential impact of such a requirement on the ability of the federal government and the public to res...
Dairy Industry: Information on Prices for Fluid Milk and the Factors That Influence Them
RCED-99-4: Published: Oct 8, 1998. Publicly Released: Nov 9, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed issues concerning the pricing and marketing of fluid milk, focusing on: (1) the factors that influence the price of fluid milk as it moves from the farm to the consumer; (2) the portion of the average retail price of a gallon of fluid milk that is received by farmers, cooperatives, wholesalers, and retailers in selected markets across the country;...
Food Safety: Opportunities to Redirect Federal Resources and Funds Can Enhance Effectiveness
RCED-98-224: Published: Aug 6, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) analyzed the federal food safety agencies' budgets for fiscal year 1999 to determine whether the appropriated funds of more than $1 billion can be spent more effectively; and (2) provided its views on whether the food safety initiatives for fiscal years 1998-1999 will address underlying problems in the federal food safety system.GAO noted that: (1) mor...
Dairy Industry: Information on Marketing Channels and Prices for Fluid Milk
RCED-98-70: Published: Mar 16, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed aspects of milk marketing and pricing in the United States, focusing on the: (1) entities that handle the fluid market from the time it leaves the farm to the time it is sold to the consumer, including regional variations; (2) Bureau of Labor Statistics' price indexes at farm, processor, and retail levels of milk, processed dairy products, and chee...