Agricultural production (11 - 20 of 37 items)
RCED-94-208R: Published: May 12, 1994. Publicly Released: May 12, 1994.
GAO provided information on the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service's (ASCS) disaster assistance payments for crop years 1988 through 1993. GAO noted that: (1) between 1988 and 1993, ASCS allocated $9 billion in disaster assistance payments for 1,265 crops; (2) of the $9 billion in ASCS disaster assistance payments, income and price support payments totalled nearly $5 billion for 1...
Midwest Grain Quality
RCED-94-66R: Published: Nov 1, 1993. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed damages to the current year's small grain crop, focusing on whether: (1) market conditions justify significant discounts in grain prices; (2) large grain companies use a systematic discount system for low-quality grain; and (3) large grain buyers blend low-quality grain with high-quality grain and then resell it at normal market prices. GAO found t...
RCED-93-227R: Published: Sep 1, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 1, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed payment limitations governing the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) honey price support program, focusing on: (1) the statutory provisions that apply to payment limitations for the honey program as compared with those of other farm commodity programs; (2) payments received by honey producers and associated loan forfeitures for 1991 and 1992; (3) t...
Net Farm Income: Primary Explanations for the Difference Between IRS and USDA Figures
GGD/RCED-93-113: Published: Jun 3, 1993. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the differences between the net farm income figures reported by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA).GAO found that: (1) IRS and USDA use different populations for estimating net farm income; (2) USDA includes a number of specific noncash items that are excluded from IRS farm tax returns when compiling its net...
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...
Agriculture Payments: Effectiveness of Efforts to Reduce Farm Payments Has Been Limited
RCED-92-2: Published: Dec 5, 1991. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether: (1) amendments to the Food Security Act of 1985 effectively prevented producers from avoiding the $50,000 payment limit and reduced program payments; and (2) the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) computer systems effectively monitor and enforce payment limit requirements.GAO found that the Food Security Act of 1985 limited deficiency paym...
Drug Policy and Agriculture: U.S. Trade Impacts of Alternative Crops to Andean Coca
NSIAD-92-12: Published: Oct 28, 1991. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) assessed how possible competition with U.S. agricultural exports has affected U.S. policy in assisting the production of alternative crops to coca in Bolivia and Peru; and (2) examined the possible impact of alternative crops on U.S. agricultural trade.GAO found that: (1) although the Agency for International Development (AID) proposed to provide assis...
Federal Dairy Programs: Information on Farm and Retail Milk Prices
RCED-91-187FS: Published: Aug 28, 1991. Publicly Released: Aug 28, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on how retail and farm-level prices have changed since 1984 for: (1) milk, cheese, and processed dairy products nationwide; and (2) milk in 29 selected U.S. cities.GAO found that: (1) milk prices at the farm level declined steadily nationwide from August 1990 through April 1991, but retail prices for milk, cheese, and processed dairy pr...
Cotton Program: The Marketing Loan Has Not Worked
RCED-90-170: Published: Jul 31, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 10, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) cotton marketing loan program and identified options for improving its effectiveness.GAO found that: (1) since 1985, the marketing loan program has not achieved its objective of keeping U.S. cotton prices competitive in world markets; (2) during the 14-month price divergence period, U.S. producers lacked incen...
Alternative Agriculture: Federal Incentives and Farmers' Opinions
PEMD-90-12: Published: Feb 16, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the incentives and disincentives of federal farm programs that influenced farmers' adoption of alternative production methods, focusing on: (1) alternative agriculture, which attempts to address the health, environmental, and economic problems associated with conventional agriculture; (2) implications of federal commodity price and income support,...