Agricultural commodities (31 - 40 of 259 items)
Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation: Environmental Quality Incentives Program
OGC-97-50: Published: Jun 12, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC) new rule on the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). GAO noted that: (1) the final rule would establish EQIP to assume the functions of the repealed Agricultural Conservation, the Great Plains Conservation, the Water Quality Incentives, and the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Programs and...
Farm Service Agency and Commodity Credit Corporation: Conservation Reserve Program-Long Term Policy
OGC-97-26: Published: Mar 6, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Farm Service Agency's (FSA) and the Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC) new rule on the long term policy for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). GAO noted that: (1) the rule would amend the CRP regulations to revise the terms and conditions for enrolling acreage in the CRP to more cost-effectively target the CRP to more environmentally s...
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...
Federally Donated Meat and Poultry: Information on Extent and Impact of States' Restrictions on Processors
RCED-96-220: Published: Aug 29, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 1996.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the incidence and effect of states restricting commercial processors from combining federally donated meat or poultry from multiple sources for processing, focusing on the: (1) reasons for and extent of states' and school districts' batching restrictions; (2) impact that batching restrictions have on commercial processors, schools, and the federa...
School Lunch Program: Cafeteria Managers' Views on Food Wasted by Students
RCED-96-191: Published: Jul 18, 1996. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on food waste from school lunches provided to school children under the National School Lunch Program.GAO found that: (1) school cafeteria managers had varying perceptions about the degree to which food waste was a problem; (2) elementary school cafeteria managers were more likely to perceive food waste as a more serious problem; (3) th...
ARS' Research Activities
RCED-96-153R: Published: Jun 14, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Agricultural Research Service's (ARS) research activities. GAO noted that: (1) as of January 1996, ARS had funded 1,198 research projects at an estimated cost of $648 million, which accounted for 91 percent of its fiscal year (FY) 1996 research appropriation; (2) ARS plans to allocate an additional $24 million to new or renewed projects in FY 1...
Commodity Programs: Freedom-to-Farm Approach Will Reduce USDA's Personnel Costs
RCED-96-116: Published: May 22, 1996. Publicly Released: May 22, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the personnel reductions that the Department of Agriculture (USDA) could have achieved if Congress had implemented the freedom-to-farm provisions of H.R. 2195 and the proposed Balanced Budget Act.GAO noted that: (1) under H.R. 2195, the freedom-to-farm provisions would have reduced the Farm Service Agency's (FSA) personnel by 1,823 staff years and...
Rebuttal to the Cotton Council
RCED-96-117R: Published: Apr 24, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed a National Cotton Council report that criticized a GAO review of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) cotton program. GAO noted that the Council believes that the review was flawed because GAO: (1) used improper factors in evaluating program costs; (2) did not properly evaluate the benefits of the marketing loan program; (3) improperly evaluated...
Payments to CO-OPs
RCED-96-64R: Published: Feb 22, 1996. Publicly Released: Feb 22, 1996.
GAO examined whether the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) procedures for making payments to cooperative marketing associations (Co-Ops) were adequate for ensuring that Co-Op member's payments stay within annual statutory limits. GAO found that: (1) USDA exercises little oversight over the marketing gains and loan deficiency payments received by individual Co-Op members; (2) USDA does not determi...
Farm Bill Export Options
GGD-96-39R: Published: Dec 15, 1995. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO identified ways that the Department of Agriculture (USDA) can improve the effectiveness of its agricultural export assistance programs. GAO noted that: (1) public and private sector organizations identified 126 options for improving USDA agricultural export assistance programs; (2) of the options identified, there were 58 for improving market development an...