Agricultural marketing (11 - 20 of 44 items)
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Improvements Needed in Market Promotion Program
T-GGD-93-17: Published: Mar 25, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1993.
GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's Market Promotion Program (MPP). GAO noted that: (1) MPP was created to encourage U.S. agricultural exports, focusing on high-value products, processed products, and supporting products adversely affected by unfair foreign trade practices; (2) between 1986 and 1993, MPP funding totalled more than $1.25 billion; (3) about 65 non-profit associations are i...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Management Issues Remain Unresolved in the Market Promotion Program
T-GGD-92-25: Published: Mar 25, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1992.
GAO commented on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Market Promotion Program, focusing on: (1) program goals; (2) whether program regulations ensure sound fiscal management; and (3) USDA implementation of prior GAO recommendations. GAO noted that: (1) the Market Promotion Program's broad goals of development and expansion of agricultural exports can justify program support under any market sit...
Views on Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program and Commodities for Soup Kitchens
T-RCED-90-69: Published: Apr 18, 1990. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 1990.
GAO discussed the effectiveness of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and a new program to provide commodities to soup kitchens or food banks. GAO found that: (1) commodities distributors said that despite a startup delay in fiscal year 1989, mandatory purchase requirements seemed to work effectively; (2) no delays occurred in 1990; (3) despi...
International Trade: Foreign Market Development for High Value Agricultural Products
NSIAD-90-47: Published: Jan 17, 1990. Publicly Released: Jan 26, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed competitor and U.S. market development for high-value agricultural products.GAO found that: (1) the United States and its foreign competitors conducted similar marketing activities for high-value agricultural products, but some competitors used a highly targeted approach which integrated market research with production and distribution capacities;...
Food Assistance: USDA's Implementation of Legislated Commodity Distribution Reforms
RCED-90-12: Published: Dec 5, 1989. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 1989.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) implementation of legislated commodity distribution reforms at the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), and Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS).GAO found that: (1) USDA had implemented 25 of 31 legislated reforms by May 1989; (2) USDA attributed delay...
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...
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...
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 Marketing: Farmers' Marketing Practices and Programs To Teach Alternative Practices
RCED-88-78BR: Published: Mar 25, 1988. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1988.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO studied: (1) farmers' use of three advanced marketing techniques, specifically cash-forward contracting, hedging in the futures market, and trading in agricultural options; and (2) educational programs in advanced agricultural marketing techniques.GAO found that: (1) although producers could use advanced marketing techniques to ensure commodity prices at...
The Agricultural Export Enhancement Program and Agricultural Foreign Market Development Programs
129594: Apr 10, 1986
GAO discussed its assessment of the Agricultural Export Enhancement Program and the progress the program is making in achieving its objectives to increase U.S. exports and encourage the European community to begin serious bilateral and multilateral negotiations on agricultural trade problems. GAO found that: (1) isolating and assessing the impact of the program is a difficult task; and (2) any imp...