Agricultural products (31 - 40 of 55 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...
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...
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...
Agriculture: Generic Promotion Program for Fruits and Vegetables
RCED-92-15: Published: Oct 17, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined whether producers would support federal generic fruit and vegetable promotion programs which would pool funds from individual commodity producers to increase consumer demand for fresh fruits and vegetables.GAO found that: (1) although all of the producer representatives reviewed stated that a producer-financed generic promotion program would be u...
U.S. Efforts to Increase Exports of High Value Agricultural Products
T-NSIAD-91-43: Published: Jun 25, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 1991.
GAO compared the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) approach to high-value product marketing with the approaches taken by its major competitors. GAO noted that: (1) although most foreign competitors spent less on high-value market development than the United States, they received a greater return on their marketing investment, by spending their funds in a highly targeted manner and using an integr...
U.S.-Mexico Trade: Impact of Liberalization in the Agricultural Sector
NSIAD-91-155: Published: Mar 29, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) examined efforts to remove impediments to agricultural trade between the United States and Mexico; (2) explored the benefits of increasing such trade; (3) reviewed remaining barriers to be addressed in free-trade agreement negotiations; and (4) obtained the views of U.S. producer groups on agricultural trade liberalization.GAO found that between 1980 a...
U.S.-Mexico Agricultural Trade Liberalization
T-NSIAD-91-24: Published: Apr 24, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 1991.
GAO discussed recent developments in agricultural trade between the United States and Mexico and the views of U.S. agricultural industry groups regarding trade liberalization measures. GAO noted that: (1) Mexico's agricultural exports to the U.S. more than doubled between fiscal year (FY) 1980 and FY 1989 and U.S. and Mexican agricultural trade increased from $2.3 billion in 1982 to $5 billion in...
Agricultural Trade Negotiations at a Crossroads
T-NSIAD-91-10: Published: Feb 28, 1991. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 1991.
GAO discussed the status of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade's agricultural trade negotiations, focusing on the: (1) disagreement between the United States and the European Community (EC); (2) need for an extension of fast-track authority; and (3) importance of U.S. agricultural groups' backing. GAO noted that: (1) the United States was willing to make fundamental changes in its system o...
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,...