Foreign Agricultural Service (21 - 30 of 53 items)
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...
Agricultural Marketing: U.S. Cotton Market Before and After Import Assessments
RCED-96-49: Published: Jan 22, 1996. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 1996.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO assessed the: (1) growth in the U.S. market for cotton and cotton products; (2) extent to which import restrictions have affected importers' ability to take advantage of any growth in the U.S. market; and (3) relevant U.S. international trade obligations and the compliance factors for imported cotton and cotton products.GAO found that: (1) the cotton impo...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Foreign Agriculture Service Could Benefit from Better Strategic Planning
GGD-95-225: Published: Sep 28, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) to determine if FAS uses its resources in the most effective manner to accomplish its mission.GAO found that: (1) FAS long-term agricultural trade strategy (LATS) and country marketing plans lack the specificity and measurable goals that are necessary to establish priorities and allocate resources efficiently a...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Foreign-Owned Exporters' Participation in the Export Enhancement Program
GGD-95-127: Published: May 11, 1995. Publicly Released: May 11, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the participation of foreign-owned companies in the Foreign Agricultural Service's (FAS) Export Enhancement Program (EEP).GAO found that: (1) foreign exporters' participation in EEP is consistent with the program's basic objectives of discouraging other countries' unfair trade practices and increasing the competitiveness of U.S. agricultural commod...
Agricultural Trade: Five Countries' Foreign Market Development for High-Value Products
GGD-95-12: Published: Dec 14, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the structure, funding, and promotional activities of the organizations that develop foreign markets for high-value agricultural products (HVP), focusing on the: (1) organizations in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands that help develop foreign markets for HVP; (2) Department of Agriculture's (USDA) foreign market development p...
International Trade: Impact of the Uruguay Round Agreement on the Export Enhancement Program
GGD-94-180BR: Published: Aug 5, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the potential impact of the Uruguay Round Agreement on the Export Enhancement Program (EEP) and other Department of Agriculture (USDA) export programs.GAO found that: (1) the United States may have to reduce its agricultural export subsidies by 1995 if the agreement is implemented; (2) the potential subsidized export reductions would...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Improvements Needed in Foreign Agricultural Service Management
T-GGD-94-56: Published: Nov 10, 1993. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1993.
GAO discussed the operation of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), focusing on its: (1) management of export promotion and assistance programs; (2) use of resources in reporting on agricultural developments overseas; and (3) strategic planning. GAO noted that: (1) FAS needs greater management controls to eliminate continuing weaknesses; (2) FAS should reduce the amount of reporting on foreign...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Market Promotion Program Could Be More Effective
T-GGD-93-38: Published: Jun 23, 1993. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1993.
GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's Market Promotion Program (MPP). GAO noted that: (1) during fiscal years 1986 through 1993, over $1.25 billion was authorized for MPP, but the current funding process does not address several important factors; (2) the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) does not require commercial firms to demonstrate that MPP funds will be used to increase promotional...
International Trade: Effectiveness of Market Promotion Program Remains Unclear
GGD-93-103: Published: Jun 4, 1993. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 1993.
Pursuant to congressional requests, GAO evaluated the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Market Promotion Program (MPP), focusing on whether MPP: (1) has successfully developed, maintained, or expanded U.S. agricultural exports; and (2) participants continue to need federal funding.GAO found that: (1) the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) believes that there is a positive correlation between MPP...
Agricultural Marketing: Export Opportunities for Wood Products in Japan Call for Customer Focus
RCED-93-137: Published: May 19, 1993. Publicly Released: May 25, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the forest industry's and the federal government's approach to selling solid wood products overseas, focusing on the Foreign Agricultural Service's (FAS) promotion of U.S. wood products in Japan.GAO found that: (1) the forest industry-FAS approach to marketing solid wood products in Japan has focused on reducing trade barriers while increasing dema...