Agricultural products (41 - 50 of 55 items)
Alternative Agriculture: Federal Incentives and Farmers' Opinions
T-PEMD-90-9: Published: Mar 15, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 1990.
GAO discussed the incentives and disincentives of federal farm programs that influenced farmers' adoption of alternative production methods. GAO noted that while federal farm programs pose no direct statutory or regulatory barriers that would prevent the adoption of alternative practices, the programs: (1) support crops requiring high agrichemical inputs and those associated with high rates of soi...
U.S.-Mexico Trade: Trends and Impediments in Agricultural Trade
NSIAD-90-85BR: Published: Jan 12, 1990. Publicly Released: Feb 14, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information about the extent of agricultural trade between the United States and Mexico, focusing on: (1) the value of agricultural trade from 1982 to 1988; (2) economic trends affecting agricultural trade; and (3) principal obstacles to agricultural trade.GAO found that: (1) U.S.-Mexican agricultural trade increased from $2.3 billion in 1982 to $4...
International Trade: Foreign Market Development for High Value Agricultural Products
NSIAD-90-47: Published: Jan 17, 1990. Publicly Released: Jan 26, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed competitor and U.S. market development for high-value agricultural products.GAO found that: (1) the United States and its foreign competitors conducted similar marketing activities for high-value agricultural products, but some competitors used a highly targeted approach which integrated market research with production and distribution capacities;...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Information on the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation's 1986 Standard Reinsurance Agreement
RCED-85-155: Published: Jul 26, 1985. Publicly Released: Aug 6, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation's (FCIC) 1986 standard reinsurance agreement with insurance companies, focusing on: (1) how the agreement will work; (2) how the agreement compares with prior agreements; and (3) the overall financial condition of FCIC.Under the reinsurance program, FCIC enters into agreements with private insurance companies...
Gross and Net Income of Major U.S. Sugar Cane and Beet Producers
CED-81-113: Published: May 29, 1981. Publicly Released: May 29, 1981.
GAO was asked to report on the gross and net incomes of the Nation's major sugar cane and beet producers from annual public reports and financial statements for 1978, 1979, 1980, and 1981. GAO limited its work to major corporations that are required to file annual reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission and did not attempt to obtain 1981 data because the companies have not yet filed an...