Agricultural marketing (21 - 30 of 44 items)
Agriculture Overview: U.S. Food/Agriculture in a Volatile World Economy
RCED-86-3BR: Published: Nov 6, 1985. Publicly Released: Nov 6, 1985.
GAO reported on issues relevant to the development of U.S. food and agriculture policies, including: (1) the current state of the U.S. agricultural industry; (2) current trends in agriculture; and (3) potential future concerns.GAO found that the agricultural sector: (1) accounts for 20 percent of the nation's gross national product and work force and helps to offset a growing U.S. trade deficit; (...
Losses in the Department of Agriculture's Tobacco Program
RCED-85-167: Published: Sep 18, 1985. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided pricing and cost information on flue-cured tobacco under the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) tobacco program. Specifically, GAO estimated: (1) the losses that USDA could incur on 1976 through 1981 tobacco crops; (2) the total inventory price reduction resulting from USDA-approved discount sale terms; (3) the total price reduction on actual tobac...
The Role of Marketing Orders in Establishing and Maintaining Orderly Marketing Conditions
RCED-85-57: Published: Jul 31, 1985. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 1985.
GAO reviewed 9 marketing orders covering 11 agricultural commodities to: (1) address controversies surrounding the marketing order program and the effect of each individual type of marketing order tool on commodity supplies; (2) determine emerging trends in the use of marketing orders; and (3) assess the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) administration of the marketing order program. Under th...
Decisionmaking Process for Farm Program Policies Needs To Be Improved
RCED-85-81: Published: Jun 4, 1985. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1985.
GAO reviewed the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service's (ASCS) policy decision to defer the repayment of certain commodity advance deficiency payments.ASCS revised the refund policy to: (1) correct a problem it encountered in administering farm commodity programs at county offices; and (2) provide an additional enrollment incentive for the 1984 corn program. GAO found that: (1) ASCS...
Controls Over Export Sales Reporting and Futures Trading Ensure Fairness, Integrity, and Pricing Efficiency in U.S. Grain Marketing
RCED-85-20: Published: Apr 9, 1985. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined certain controls designed to help ensure that grain trading is done fairly and that the financial and economic integrity of the marketplace is protected. GAO also investigated how efficiently information about grain export sales by U.S. exporters has transformed into changes in grain prices.GAO found that current controls established by the Departm...
Department of Agriculture and Producer Costs To Operate the Tobacco Program
RCED-85-30: Published: Feb 8, 1985. Publicly Released: Feb 8, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) whether the tobacco program operated at no net cost to the government; (2) whether assessments against tobacco producers were sufficient to meet possible losses in stored tobacco purchased with Department of Agriculture (USDA) loans; (3) the extent to which active tobacco farmers have purchased allotments or quotas and whether l...
Electronic Marketing of Agricultural Commodities: An Evolutionary Trend
RCED-84-97: Published: Mar 8, 1984. Publicly Released: Mar 12, 1984.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reported on the efforts of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop electronic marketing for agricultural commodities, the benefits and problems of electronic marketing, and the status of electronic marketing in agriculture.USDA is monitoring the use of electronic systems in marketing livestock, providing educational activities to persons interest...
Federal Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition Programs in the New England Region
RCED-83-36: Published: Dec 2, 1982. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 1982.
In response to a congressional request, GAO conducted a study to identify program efforts and funding levels of Federal food, agriculture, and nutrition programs in New England, analyzed program changes from fiscal years 1981 to 1982, and analyzed the impact of changes on the New England food system.The Federal food, agriculture, and nutrition programs available to New England during fiscal years...
Tobacco Program's Production Rights and Effects on Competition
CED-82-70: Published: Apr 23, 1982. Publicly Released: May 5, 1982.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed certain aspects of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service's (ASCS) flue-cured and burley-cured tobacco programs to determine: (1) by occupation or source of income, the owners of tobacco allotments and quotas that are leased or rented; (2) the amounts and average costs of the leased or rented allotments and quotas; (3) the program'...
Analysis of Certain Aspects of the California-Arizona Navel Orange Marketing Order
CED-81-129: Published: Jul 2, 1981. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 1981.
GAO reviewed certain aspects of the California-Arizona navel orange marketing order and provided background information on marketing orders in general and more specifically on the navel orange marketing order.GAO found that: (1) the Navel Orange Administrative Committee's composition, which is established in Federal regulations, only assures adequate consideration of navel orange industry interest...