Agricultural commodities (111 - 120 of 259 items)
Commodity Credit Corporation's Export Credit Guarantee Programs
T-NSIAD-89-2: Published: Oct 6, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 1988.
GAO discussed the Foreign Agricultural Service's (FAS) administration of the Commodity Credit Corporation's Export Credit Guarantee and Intermediate Export Credit Guarantee programs. GAO noted that FAS: (1) did not adequately manage the programs and lacked clear program regulations for defining U.S. agricultural commodities and their eligibility under the programs; (2) issued a notice clarifying c...
Price Changes in Selected Agricultural Commodities and Foods
T-RCED-89-1: Published: Oct 5, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 5, 1988.
GAO reviewed price changes in selected agricultural commodities and foods during 1988. GAO found that: (1) between June 1 and August 31, 1988, food prices generally increased more at the farm, processor, and retail levels than they did during the same period in 1987; (2) prices of many of the monitored food items began to increase prior to the drought, with the January to August 1988 increase bein...
Supplemental Food Program: Savings From Food Purchases Could Increase WIC Participation
RCED-88-183BR: Published: Jul 25, 1988. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the number of additional eligible participants that states could serve through the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) if they adopted competitive bidding or rebate methods to purchase food items other than infant formula.GAO reviewed Maryland and Ohio cost-savings methods and found that: (1) i...
Financial Audit: Commodity Credit Corporation's Financial Statements for 1987 and 1986
AFMD-88-47: Published: Jul 7, 1988. Publicly Released: Jul 7, 1988.
GAO reported on the Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC): (1) financial statements for the years ended September 30, 1987 and 1986; and (2) system of internal accounting controls and compliance with laws and regulations.GAO found that CCC: (1) did not include in its financial statements an allowance for the uncollectible portion of $15 billion in outstanding loans to countries experiencing financi...
Opportunities to Improve U.S. Food/Agricultural Exports Through Improved Marketing Techniques
T-RCED-88-56: Published: Jun 28, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 1988.
GAO reviewed public and private marketing mechanisms to enhance opportunities for the United States to improve its food and agricultural sales in foreign markets. GAO found that U.S. exporters needed to: (1) develop effective, long-term marketing strategies; (2) design positive product images; (3) improve distribution systems; (4) develop competitive pricing and credit policies; and (5) conduct pr...
International Trade: Commodity Credit Corporation's Export Credit Guarantee Programs
NSIAD-88-194: Published: Jun 10, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Foreign Agricultural Service's (FAS) management of the Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC) export credit guarantee programs, focusing on the programs' efficiency and effectiveness.GAO found that CCC: (1) failed to adequately enforce program regulations requiring exporters to include payment schedules with their export reports; (2) submitted...
Farm Payments: Benefits and Costs of Trading in USDA Commodity Certificates
RCED-88-142BR: Published: Jun 2, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed reported abuses in the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Payment-in-Kind (PIK) Certificate Program to determine: (1) the volume of grain involved in long-distance transactions, in which commodity certificate holders exploited differing market values; (2) the monetary benefits gained from such transactions; (3) how the benefits were distributed;...
Agricultural Trade Negotiations: Initial Phase of the Uruguay Round
NSIAD-88-144BR: Published: May 5, 1988. Publicly Released: May 25, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the multilateral trade negotiations regarding the liberalization of agricultural trade, focusing on the: (1) structure of the negotiation process; (2) reactions to the U.S. proposal and those of other major participants; and (3) progress made to date.GAO found that the Department of Agriculture and the Office of the U.S. Trade Rep...
Agricultural Trade: Review of Targeted Export Assistance Program
NSIAD-88-183: Published: May 24, 1988. Publicly Released: May 24, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's Targeted Export Assistance (TEA) program, focusing on the: (1) program's management, including the Foreign Agricultural Service's (FAS) documentation of its participant eligibility and funding allocation decisions; and (2) adequacy of the FAS evaluation process, how evaluations affect present and future funding alloc...
Agricultural Trade: Causes and Impacts of Increased Fruit and Vegetable Imports
RCED-88-149BR: Published: May 10, 1988. Publicly Released: May 10, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information regarding the extent, causes, and impact of the rise in fruit and vegetable imports.GAO found that, from 1980 through 1986: (1) vegetable imports rose from $738 million to $1.6 billion; (2) fruit imports rose from $482 million to $1.6 billion; (3) fruit import shares rose from 26 percent to 33 percent; (4) vegetable import shares rose f...