Economic Research Service (21 - 30 of 37 items)
Agriculture In Transition: Farmers' Use of Risk Management Strategies
RCED-99-90: Published: Apr 7, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) efforts to educate farmers about risk management, focusing on: (1) the extent of farmers' use of risk management tools; and (2) educational programs and projects USDA has directed or initiated to prepare farmers for managing risks and determining the groups or individuals who have participated in or been serve...
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;...
Tobacco: Issues Surrounding a National Tobacco Settlement
RCED-98-110: Published: Apr 15, 1998. Publicly Released: May 14, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed issues surrounding a proposed national tobacco settlement, focusing on: (1) tobacco-related industries and existing studies that assess the national and regional economic impacts of the tobacco industry; (2) smoking trends for United States and Canadian youths; (3) the potential effect of a settlement on state revenues from cigarette excise taxes;...
Food Assistance: Information on WIC Sole-Source Rebates and Infant Formula Prices
RCED-98-146: Published: May 11, 1998. Publicly Released: May 11, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on several issues related to Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) rebates for infant formula, focusing on: (1) how prices in the infant formula market changed for non-WIC purchasers and WIC agencies after the introduction of sole-source rebates; (2) how key characteristics of the infant formula market...
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...
Food Assistance: Information on USDA's Research Activities
RCED-98-56R: Published: Jan 29, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 13, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO identified food assistance-related research projects conducted by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and the Economic Research Service (ERS) during the past 3 fiscal years.GAO noted that: (1) it obtained information on each research project that was ongoing during any portion of each of the past 3 fiscal years; (2) for each of these projects, GAO obtained...
Rural Development: Availability of Capital for Agriculture, Business, and Infrastructure
RCED-97-109: Published: May 27, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the availability of capital in rural America for agriculture, business, and community infrastructure, focusing on: (1) whether rural borrowers have difficulty in obtaining access to capital; (2) whether rural borrowers have adequate knowledge of the availability of financial assistance; and (3) what potential alternatives may be used to improve the...
Packers and Stockyards Programs: USDA's Response to Studies on Concentration in the Livestock Industry
RCED-97-100: Published: Apr 23, 1997. Publicly Released: May 8, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) report on concentration in the red-meatpacking industry, focusing on whether: (1) the report identified the geographic boundaries of livestock procurement markets; (2) the report provided guidance on how to monitor these markets; (3) as a result of this report, USDA had identified additiona...
Commodity Programs: Impact of Support Provisions on Selected Commodity Prices
RCED-97-45: Published: Feb 21, 1997. Publicly Released: Feb 21, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the impact of support provisions on selected commodity prices, focusing on: (1) whether marketing loan provisions prevent loan rates from acting as price floors and whether they allow U.S. prices to fall to levels closer to world prices; (2) the effect lower loan rates would have on the relationship between U.S. and world prices; (3) the affect of...
Food Security: Preparations for the 1996 World Food Summit
NSIAD-97-44: Published: Nov 7, 1996. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed U.S. preparations for the 1996 World Food Summit, focusing on: (1) the origin, purpose, and financing of the summit; (2) the process used by member countries of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) to prepare and negotiate a policy declaration and plan of action for approval by world leaders or their representatives; (3) the...