Grain and grain products (61 - 70 of 110 items)
Farm Programs: An Analysis of Two Production Control Options
RCED-86-137: Published: Aug 11, 1986. Publicly Released: Aug 11, 1986.
Because the problem of large crop surpluses and depressed commodity prices continues to be part of the U.S. farm agenda, GAO completed a comparative analysis of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Payment-in-Kind program (PIK) and an alternative program design for use in future farm policy and program decisions, using a private contractor's state-of-the-art policy simulation model.GAO noted tha...
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...
Farmers Home Administration: Financial and General Characteristics of Farmer Loan Program Borrowers
RCED-86-62BR: Published: Jan 2, 1986. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the current financial condition of Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) borrowers and the farm loan portfolio, as shown by the Farmer Program Management Information System.GAO found that: (1) the average borrower had a debt-to-asset ratio of 83 percent; (2) 20 percent of the borrowers were technically insolvent and an additional 31...
Cross Compliance: USDA Could Reduce Crop Production by Requiring Cross Compliance
RCED-86-64BR: Published: Dec 11, 1985. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided a summary of its analysis of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) current production control programs and the use of a cross-compliance requirement to increase program effectiveness.GAO found that: (1) production control programs that USDA has used since 1982 permit farmers who enroll one or more crops to offset part or all of their decreased...
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; (...
Examination of the Commodity Credit Corporation's Financial Statements for the Year Ended September 30, 1984
AFMD-85-53: Published: Sep 30, 1985. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1985.
GAO reviewed the statement of financial condition for the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) as of September 30, 1984, the related statement of loss, and the statement of changes in financial position for the year then ended.GAO found that: (1) while CCC assets include a number of loans in arrears or to countries with financial difficulties, its financial statements do not include an allowance for...
The Department of Agriculture's 1983 Payment-in-Kind Program--A Review of Its Costs, Benefits, and Key Program Provisions
RCED-85-60: Published: Aug 29, 1985. Publicly Released: Sep 4, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Payment-in-Kind (PIK) program, focusing on the costs, benefits, and key provisions of the program. The program, aimed at reducing production, paid farmers not to grow certain crops such as corn, grain sorghum, wheat, rice, and cotton, and paid the farmers a prescribed percentage of crops they would have gro...
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...
Information on the Department of Agriculture's Commodity Exchange Contracts for the 1983 Payment-In-Kind Program
RCED-85-62: Published: Mar 11, 1985. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) actions in providing commodities to producers participating in the 1983 Payment-in-Kind (PIK) Program by exchanges of commodities between the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and the grain industry.GAO found that the PIK Program limited the production of five commodities by reducing the number of acres pl...