Foreign Agricultural Service (11 - 20 of 54 items)
Tobacco Exports: USDA's Foreign Agriculture Service Lacks Specific Guidance for Congressional Restrictions on Promoting Tobacco
GAO-03-618: Published: May 30, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 2003.
Since 1994, the Agriculture Appropriations Act has prohibited the funding of tobacco export programs and restricted the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) tobacco-related activities. Since 1998, the Commerce, Justice, and State Appropriations Act has placed similar restrictions on the Departments of Commerce and State and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), although it has not...
Current Law Limits the State Department's Authority to Manage Certain Overseas Properties Cost Effectively
GAO-02-790R: Published: Jul 11, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 2002.
Section 738 in the fiscal year 2001 Agriculture Appropriation Act prohibits the Department of State from selling residences purchased to house agricultural attaches without approval from the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and requires the department to use the proceeds from such sales to purchase residences for these attaches. Legislation currently before Congress would repeal section 738 sinc...
International Trade: Concerns Over Biotechnology Challenge U.S. Agricultural Exports
GAO-01-727: Published: Jun 15, 2001. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2001.
This report reviews the challenges facing U.S. agricultural biotechnology products in international trade. GAO found that new regulations and guidelines that may restrict U.S. exports of crops with a large biotech component are being enacted or considered by some U.S. trading partners and are also under discussion in various international organizations. These actions address approval, labeling, an...
Agricultural Trade: Impacts of the Andean Trade Preference Act on Asparagus Producers and Consumers
GAO-01-315: Published: Mar 15, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2001.
U.S. asparagus imports increased in the 1990s and now comprise nearly one-half of the asparagus consumed in the United States. Peru is the second largest source of imported asparagus and benefits from duty-free treatment under the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA). ATPA is estimated to have displaced between two and eight percent of the value of domestic production from what it would have been wi...
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...
Beef and Lamb: Implications of Labeling by Country of Origin
RCED-00-44: Published: Jan 27, 2000. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on mandatory country-of-origin labelling for beef and lamb, focusing on the potential: (1) compliance costs associated with mandatory country-of-origin labelling for fresh and processed beef and lamb; (2) enforcement costs associated with such a requirement; (3) trade issues associated with such a requirement; and (4) benefits of mandat...
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...
Agricultural Trade: Changes Made to Market Access Program, but Questions Remain on Economic Impact
NSIAD-99-38: Published: Apr 5, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's implementation of legislative reforms to the Market Access Program (MAP) and their impact on program participation.GAO noted that: (1) as directed by Congress, the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) implemented operational changes to MAP; these changes have affected program participation and distribution of funds; (2...
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;...
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...