Grain and grain products (11 - 20 of 110 items)
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...
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...
RCED-95-220R: Published: Jun 15, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on national farmland productivity, focusing on the yield per acre of corn, wheat, upland cotton, and soybeans. GAO noted that: (1) there are significant national variations at both the state and county levels in farmland productivity; (2) in any given year, short-term variances in weather or other factors can distort farmland productivi...
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...
Food Aid: Private Voluntary Organizations' Role In Distributing Food Aid
NSIAD-95-35: Published: Nov 23, 1994. Publicly Released: Nov 23, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on food aid granted by the United States to private voluntary organizations (PVO) to support development activities in foreign countries, focusing on the: (1) role of PVO in distributing food aid; and (2) impact of direct feeding programs on enhancing the long-term food security of recipient countries, including how well projects are ta...
Agricultural Marketing: Federally Authorized Commodity Research and Promotion Programs
RCED-94-63: Published: Dec 29, 1993. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) agricultural commodity research and promotion programs, focusing on the extent of: (1) check-off fund use; (2) AMS oversight; and (3) oversight coordination between AMS and other Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies.GAO found that: (1) as of 1992, 11 of the 18 authorized check-off board...