Agricultural products (31 - 40 of 180 items)
Agricultural Inspection: Improvements Needed to Minimize Threat of Foreign Pests and Diseases
RCED-97-102: Published: May 5, 1997. Publicly Released: May 5, 1997.
GAO reviewed the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's (APHIS) efforts to minimize the risks to agriculture from pests and diseases entering the United States, focusing on: (1) recent developments that could challenge the ability of APHIS' Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection program to carry out its mission; (2) APHIS' efforts to cope with these developments; and (3) the effectiveness of...
Food-Related Services: Opportunities Exist to Recover Costs by Charging Beneficiaries
RCED-97-57: Published: Mar 20, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 1997.
GAO reviewed opportunities to increase the share of funding by beneficiaries for food-related services provided by the federal government, focusing on: (1) the types of food-related services provided by the federal government; (2) the extent to which beneficiaries currently pay for such services through user fees; and (3) potential opportunities for recovering more of the service costs through use...
Agricultural Marketing: U.S. Cotton Market Before and After Import Assessments
RCED-96-49: Published: Jan 22, 1996. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 1996.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO assessed the: (1) growth in the U.S. market for cotton and cotton products; (2) extent to which import restrictions have affected importers' ability to take advantage of any growth in the U.S. market; and (3) relevant U.S. international trade obligations and the compliance factors for imported cotton and cotton products.GAO found that: (1) the cotton impo...
Information on Various Pesticide-Related Issues
RCED-96-51R: Published: Dec 20, 1995. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulation of food-use pesticides, focusing on: (1) whether EPA maintains a ranking of the highest-risk cancer-causing food-use pesticides; (2) whether certain high-risk cancer-causing food-use pesticides appeared in the Environmental Working Group's 1995 study; (3) the extent to which EPA...
Farm Bill Export Options
GGD-96-39R: Published: Dec 15, 1995. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO identified ways that the Department of Agriculture (USDA) can improve the effectiveness of its agricultural export assistance programs. GAO noted that: (1) public and private sector organizations identified 126 options for improving USDA agricultural export assistance programs; (2) of the options identified, there were 58 for improving market development an...
Fruit Juice Adulteration: Detection Is Difficult, and Enhanced Efforts Would Be Costly
RCED-96-18: Published: Nov 3, 1995. Publicly Released: Nov 3, 1995.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the sale of adulterated fruit juice to school meal programs, focusing on: (1) the nature and extent of the problem; (2) whether federal inspection and testing methods can detect juice adulteration; (3) recent federal enforcement actions taken against juice adulterators; and (4) options for enhancing the detection of adulterated juice.GAO found th...
Food and Agriculture Issue Area Plan--Fiscal Years 1995-96
IAP-95-21: Published: Aug 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1995.
GAO presented its Food and Agriculture issue area plan for fiscal years 1995 to 1996.GAO plans to: (1) identify approaches to help farmers adapt to a more market-oriented farm economy; (2) recommend changes to improve the fiscal integrity of crop insurance programs and farm risk management; (3) evaluate the efficiency of commodity programs' administration; (4) identify U.S. trade and marketing iss...
USDA User Fees
RCED-95-229R: Published: Jun 23, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the growth and administration of user fee programs at the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS), and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). GAO noted that: (1) the total amount of user fees that APHIS and AMS collected increased from $145.2 million in fiscal yea...
Agricultural Trade: Competitor Countries' Foreign Market Development Programs
T-GGD-95-184: Published: Jun 14, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed: (1) competitor countries' foreign agricultural market development activities; and (2) state trading enterprises (STE). GAO noted that: (1) the European Union spends far more on total agricultural support than the United States; (2) foreign market development includes advertising, consumer promotion, trade servicing and market research; (3) althou...
Peanut Program: Impact on Peanut Producers, Users, and the Government
T-RCED-95-215: Published: Jun 8, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 1995.
GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Peanut Program, focusing on: (1) changes in peanut farming since the program was created; (2) the program's impact on producers, consumers, the government, and international trade; and (3) needed changes in the program. GAO noted that: (1) the number of peanut farms has decreased and the size of the remaining farms has increased since 1930; (2)...