Agricultural industry (81 - 90 of 173 items)
Farm Program Research
RCED-93-48R: Published: Oct 7, 1992. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) barriers to the use of alternative, less environmentally intrusive agricultural practices; and (2) farm commodity programs' impact on rural communities. GAO noted that: (1) the two paradigms within the agricultural sector are conventional and sustainable agricultural practices; (2) conventional agriculture utilizes specialized f...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Overhauling the Farm Agencies' Field Structure
T-RCED-92-87: Published: Jul 30, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 1992.
GAO discussed its general management review of the Department of Agriculture (USDA), focusing on: (1) the need for USDA to better respond to the challenges of rapidly changing world markets; (2) streamlining the existing USDA field structure; and (3) USDA efforts to respond to GAO recommendations. GAO noted that: (1) increased responsibilities in nutrition, international trade, and environmental i...
Agricultural Trade: High-Value Products and U.S. Export Promotion Efforts
T-GGD-92-64: Published: Jul 28, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 1992.
GAO discussed the government's role in exporting high-value agricultural products, focusing on the issues related to proposed legislation that would establish set-asides for and define those agricultural products. GAO noted that: (1) there is no national strategy to guide export promotion funds; (2) the proposed legislation would increase the U.S. share of world trade in processed and high-value a...
Agricultural Marketing: Status of the Forest Products Industry
RCED-92-170BR: Published: Jun 23, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1992.
GAO reviewed the forest products industry's competitive condition, focusing on: (1) sources of raw material; (2) the effects of industry changes on the Pacific Coast states; and (3) federal efforts to assist the industry.GAO found that: (1) to maintain its competitiveness, the U.S. forest products industry has become more efficient and increased its share of the world market for forest products; (...
Agriculture Payments: Number of Individuals Receiving 1990 Deficiency Payments and the Amounts
RCED-92-163FS: Published: Apr 27, 1992. Publicly Released: May 7, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed information for crop year 1990, focusing on the: (1) number of individuals that received income support payments in their own name through entities, general partnerships, and joint ventures, for participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) farm programs; and (2) amount of those payments.GAO found that: (1) USDA made payments to prod...
Summary Information on Farmworkers
HRD-92-30R: Published: Apr 10, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO summarized its recent reports and testimonies related to migrant and seasonal farmworkers. GAO noted that: (1) federal programs that serve the general population or workers in general do not provide assistance to many farmworkers; (2) due to limited funds, federal programs that primarily serve farmworkers can not provide assistance to all eligible farmworke...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Revitalizing and Streamlining the Department
T-RCED-92-53: Published: Apr 8, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 1992.
GAO discussed the overall effectiveness of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) management processes and organizational structure, focusing on: (1) the challenges of rapidly changing world markets, new customer needs, and emerging issues; (2) opportunities for streamlining the existing USDA field structure; and (3) USDA efforts to respond to previous GAO recommendations. GAO noted that: (1) alth...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Improved Management Could Increase the Effectiveness of Export Promotion Activities
T-GGD-92-30: Published: Apr 7, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 1992.
GAO discussed the effectiveness of three Department of Agriculture (USDA) export promotion activities, the Market Promotion Program (MPP) overseas agricultural trade offices and the Trade Show Program. GAO noted that: (1) since USDA has not yet developed a long-term agricultural trade strategy, it can not provide a coherent rationale and justification for its export promotion activities; (2) over...
International Trade: Agricultural Trade Offices' Role in Promoting U.S. Exports Is Unclear
NSIAD-92-65: Published: Jan 16, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) worldwide network of agricultural trade offices (ATO), focusing on: (1) ATO activities; (2) the criteria used to select ATO sites; (3) how well ATO carry out their market development mission; and (4) the adequacy of program management and operations.GAO found that: (1) ATO activities were generally consistent...
Crop Insurance: Program Has Not Fostered Significant Risk Sharing by Insurance Companies
RCED-92-25: Published: Jan 13, 1992. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Crop Insurance Reinsurance Program, focusing on: (1) major problems that have affected the program since 1980; (2) the federal government's success in shifting its potential liability for agricultural production losses to reinsured companies; and (3) the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation's (FCIC) actions to comply with the 1990 farm bi...