Agricultural industry (111 - 120 of 173 items)
Foreign Investment: Trends in Foreign Ownership of U.S. Farmland and Commercial Real Estate
NSIAD-89-168FS: Published: Jul 10, 1989. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the extent of and trends in foreign direct investment in agricultural land and commercial real estate nationwide and in North Dakota.GAO found that: (1) in 1988, 7,790 foreigners held 1 percent of U.S. farmland, comprising about 12.5 million acres worth about $9.5 billion; (2) foreigners from the United Kingdom held 22.3 percent, tho...
General Accounting Office Reviews of Agricultural Research Activities
T-RCED-89-51: Published: Jun 20, 1989. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 1989.
GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) agricultural research activities, focusing on long-range planning, personnel needs, use of research facilities, and funding. GAO found that: (1) following enactment of the Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching Policy Act in 1981, USDA developed an agencywide long-range assessment for foods, fiber, and forest products and a basis for futu...
Food Prices: Changes Occurring in the Prices of Selected Food Products
RCED-89-46FS: Published: Oct 31, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the effect of the 1988 drought on changes in food prices at the farm, processor, and retail levels for eight selected food products.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 in the same period in 1987; (2) prices for the sele...
Farm Finance: Financial Condition of American Agriculture as of December 31, 1987
RCED-89-33BR: Published: Oct 18, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 18, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the financial condition of American agriculture as of December 31, 1987.GAO found improvements in the farm sector, including: (1) increases in agricultural products' values, volumes, and exports; (2) increases in the value of total farm assets and gross farm income, as well as more favorable income and debt levels; and (3) less total...
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...
Farm Programs: Price and Income Support Programs for Fiscal Years 1987-89
RCED-88-144FS: Published: Apr 22, 1988. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) net cash outlays for commodity price and income support programs for 1987 through 1989.GAO found that: (1) USDA net cash outlays for commodity price and income support programs in 1987 totalled about $22.4 billion; (2) USDA estimated an additional $34.8 billion for combined 1988 and 1989 net...
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...
Farm Programs: An Overview of Price and Income Support, and Storage Programs
RCED-88-84BR: Published: Feb 29, 1988. Publicly Released: Feb 29, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA): (1) farm price and income support programs; and (2) agricultural commodities storage program.GAO found that: (1) USDA estimated that net cash outlays for commodity price and income support programs would exceed $23 billion in fiscal year (FY) 1987; (2) nonrecourse commodity loans, the direct purchase of fa...
Crop Insurance: Overpayment of Claims by Private Companies Costs the Government Millions
RCED-88-7: Published: Nov 20, 1987. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation's (FCIC) oversight and control of the loss adjustment practices of private reinsured companies.GAO found that reinsured companies: (1) did not adjust 95 percent of 134 sample claims in accordance with FCIC policies and procedures; (2) should not have paid about 31 percent of the $9.4 million in claims; (3) may...
Commodity Futures Trading: Purpose, Use, Impact, and Regulation of Cattle Futures Markets
RCED-88-30: Published: Nov 10, 1987. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1987.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO investigated cattle futures markets and their impact on cash market prices for cattle, particularly the: (1) cattle markets' reaction to the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Dairy Termination Program; (2) effect on cattle prices of meatpackers' forward contracting; (3) effectiveness of the system for delivering cattle under live cattle futures contracts...