Agricultural products (41 - 50 of 180 items)
Agricultural Marketing: Comparative Analysis of U.S. and Foreign Promotion and Research Programs
RCED-95-171: Published: Apr 28, 1995. Publicly Released: May 19, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on U.S. and foreign promotion and research programs that are designed to increase domestic and foreign sales of agricultural products, focusing on: (1) how U.S. check-off programs are planned and organized; and (2) how comparable marketing organizations in Australia, Germany, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom carry out their agricultu...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Foreign-Owned Exporters' Participation in the Export Enhancement Program
GGD-95-127: Published: May 11, 1995. Publicly Released: May 11, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the participation of foreign-owned companies in the Foreign Agricultural Service's (FAS) Export Enhancement Program (EEP).GAO found that: (1) foreign exporters' participation in EEP is consistent with the program's basic objectives of discouraging other countries' unfair trade practices and increasing the competitiveness of U.S. agricultural commod...
Farm Programs: Distribution of USDA Income Support Payments
T-RCED-95-133: Published: Mar 16, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 1995.
GAO discussed the distribution of the Department of Agriculture's income support payments for crop year 1993, focusing on the: (1) value of these payments; and (2) extent to which these payments may be concentrated among relatively few farms. GAO noted that: (1) payments to individual farms ranged from less than $100 to almost $1.8 million; (2) approximately 75 percent of the 989,000 farms receive...
USDA License Fees: Analysis of the Solvency and Users of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act Program
T-RCED-95-135: Published: Mar 16, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act Program, focusing on how: (1) changes in the program's revenues and expenditures may impact its future solvency; and (2) the fees that buyers and sellers pay into the program compare with their use of program services. GAO noted that: (1) the program's long-term solvenc...
U.S. Agriculture: Status of the Farm Sector
RCED-95-104FS: Published: Mar 3, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 1995.
GAO provided information on the condition of the U.S. farm sector, focusing on: (1) agriculture's position in the U.S. economy; (2) the level of U.S. agricultural outputs and inputs; (3) the condition of the agricultural resource base; and (4) the federal government's financial support of agricultural producers.GAO found that: (1) the farm sector's share of the nation's gross domestic product decl...
Agricultural Trade: Five Countries' Foreign Market Development for High-Value Products
GGD-95-12: Published: Dec 14, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the structure, funding, and promotional activities of the organizations that develop foreign markets for high-value agricultural products (HVP), focusing on the: (1) organizations in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands that help develop foreign markets for HVP; (2) Department of Agriculture's (USDA) foreign market development p...
U.S.-Canadian Food Safety: Opportunities for Sharing Information and Coordinating Inspections
RCED-95-45: Published: Nov 22, 1994. Publicly Released: Nov 22, 1994.
GAO reviewed how the United States and Canada share information on and coordinate activities for shipments of unsafe imported foods, focusing on whether opportunities exist to make better use of limited inspection resources and thereby increase the likelihood that unsafe imported foods would be stopped from entering the United States and Canada.GAO found that: (1) U.S. and Canadian food safety off...
Food Safety: Changes Needed to Minimize Unsafe Chemicals in Food
RCED-94-192: Published: Sep 26, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 1994.
GAO reviewed the federal government's efforts to monitor harmful chemical residues in food, focusing on the: (1) methodologies and data used to identify chemical risks; (2) federal government's legal and regulatory structure; (3) federal government's enforcement processes; and (4) safety of imported foods.GAO found that: (1) because of fragmented responsibility, federal efforts to assess the risks...
Food Safety: Fundamental Changes Needed to Improve Monitoring of Unsafe Chemicals in Food
T-RCED-94-311: Published: Sep 28, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 1994.
GAO discussed the need to improve the effectiveness of the federal food safety system, focusing on the: (1) Department of Agriculture's National Residue Program (NRP) for monitoring chemical residues in meat and poultry; and (2) overall federal structure for controlling chemicals in all foods. GAO noted that: (1) NRP has weaknesses in testing and sampling, as well as in the support it receives fro...
RCED-94-244R: Published: Jun 8, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the: (1) importance of honeybees to crop pollination; and (2) relationship between the honey price support program and crop pollination by honeybees. GAO noted that: (1) honeybees are important, but they are not the exclusive pollinators of certain crops; (2) pollination is essential to most seed and fruit production and adequate pollination ensure...