Agricultural industry (121 - 130 of 173 items)
Farm Finance: Financial Condition of American Agriculture as of December 31, 1986
RCED-88-26BR: Published: Oct 20, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the financial condition of American agriculture as of December 31, 1986.GAO found that, in 1986: (1) adverse economic conditions continued to affect the agricultural sector; (2) the agricultural industry produced an increased surplus in many key commodities; (3) agricultural exports declined; (4) the value of total farm assets declin...
Farm Programs: 1985 Payments and Crop Loans by State
RCED-87-155FS: Published: Jul 22, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on farm price and income support payments and crop loans in 1985.GAO detailed the distribution of: (1) payments and crop loans, by region and state; (2) payments, by crop and size of payment; and (3) crop loans, by crop and size of loan. GAO found that: (1) nationally, 980,000 producers received almost $6.3 billion in payments; (2) a...
Farm Reorganizations and Their Impact on USDA Payments
T-RCED-87-19: Published: Apr 22, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 1987.
GAO discussed its ongoing review of farm reorganizations related to the statutory payment limitation and their impact on Department of Agriculture (USDA) farm payments. GAO found that: (1) from 1984 through 1986, farm reorganizations increased as persons neared or met the payment limit; (2) the addition of new persons eligible to receive payments under the program increased its cost; (3) the conti...
International Trade: Alternative Trading Practices for International Grain Trade
NSIAD-87-90BR: Published: Mar 17, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO: (1) provided information concerning the nature, extent, and structure of long-term bilateral grain agreements and countertrade; (2) listed the advantages and disadvantages of employing such policy trading tools; and (3) analyzed and compared selected U.S. and foreign experiences with these agreements and countertrade in the international grain market.GA...
Options for Dealing With Farm Credit System Problems
T-GGD-87-11: Published: Apr 7, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 1987.
GAO discussed the federal rescue of the Farm Credit System and suggested an approach to stabilizing the system in the short run while developing long-term policies, since failure or default of the System's obligations would seriously disrupt the flow of credit to the agricultural sector and pose risks to other federal lending institutions. GAO found that: (1) the system's situation has continued t...
Costs and Other Information on USDA's Commodity Certificates
T-RCED-87-10: Published: Mar 26, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 1987.
GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC) use of commodity certificates in lieu of cash payments under commodity price-support loan programs and the cost of issuing certificates instead of cash. Farmers who receive certificates may exchange them for their crops or cash, or sell them to other farmers, grain companies, or any other interested buyers. The cost...
Grain Shipments: Agriculture Can Reduce Costs by Increased Use of Negotiated Rail Rates
RCED-87-42: Published: Jan 21, 1987. Publicly Released: Jan 27, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the methods that the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) used to ship government grain by rail, focusing on: (1) the extent to which USDA negotiated rate and service concessions with railroads, in comparison with private grain shippers and other government agencies; (2) savings that resul...
U.S. Agricultural Exports: Factors Affecting Competitiveness in World Markets
RCED-87-35BR: Published: Oct 9, 1986. Publicly Released: Nov 3, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO addressed the issues of: (1) declining U.S. agricultural exports; and (2) waning U.S. competitiveness in the world agricultural market. GAO defined competitiveness as the ability to sell U.S. products in the world market at a level sufficient to sustain the U.S. market share.GAO identified a number of factors that affect U.S. agricultural competitiveness, i...
Issues Effecting U.S. Agricultural Competitiveness in World Markets
131129: Sep 30, 1986
GAO discussed issues affecting U.S. agriculture. GAO noted that: (1) to increase foreign demand for U.S. agricultural products, the United States must lower commodity price-support levels, expand export credit programs, rely more on export subsidies, lower the dollar's value, and reduce production costs; (2) some critics believe that U.S. competitors will increase export subsidies or lower export...
The Export Enhancement Program, U.S. Foreign Agricultural Market Development Programs, CCC Export Credit Guarantee Programs, and L Term Bilateral Grain Agreements and Countertrade
131131: Sep 30, 1986
GAO discussed: (1) the status of the export enhancement program (EEP); (2) U.S. foreign market development efforts; (3) agricultural export credit programs; and (4) long-term grain agreements and countertrade. GAO noted that: (1) EEP is affecting the European Community by increasing competition, lowering affected commodity prices, increasing restitution, and contributing to additional dissent with...