Farm income stabilization programs (11 - 20 of 23 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...
Farm Finance: Financial Condition of American Agriculture as of December 31, 1988
RCED-90-49BR: Published: Nov 15, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the financial condition of American agriculture as of December 31, 1988.GAO found that: (1) the economic environment surrounding the farm sector continued to improve in 1988, although total production was lower compared to 1987; (2) year-end stocks for three key farm commodities decreased by more than 17 percent, while prices increas...
Agriculture: Progress Made Toward Goals of 1985 Farm Bill
RCED-89-76BR: Published: Mar 30, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the results of 1985 farm legislation, focusing on whether the law: (1) stabilized the financially stressed farm economy; (2) enhanced U.S. competitiveness as a supplier in world agricultural markets; and (3) prevented the buildup of large surplus stocks.GAO found that: (1) most economic indicators had improved since 1985, but it was uncertain how m...
Farm Payments: Evaluation of Changes in County Loan Rates
RCED-89-47BR: Published: Feb 15, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 17, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined selected aspects of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) county loan program, specifically to determine: (1) why USDA changed its loan rate calculation procedures for the individual counties; and (2) whether the changes resulted in reasonable and justifiable loan rates.GAO found that USDA revised its county loan rate procedures to: (1) update...
Farm Payments: Implications of Targeting Farm Income Supports
RCED-87-99: Published: Jun 10, 1987. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO analyzed possible ways to target a greater share of direct income-support payments to farmers in the greatest financial need, focusing on the potential effects of general targeting options with identified agricultural policy objectives.GAO found that the option of reducing the current annual payment limit: (1) could potentially reduce income support to h...
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...
Farm Payments and Loans: Consistency Needed in USDA Crop Yield Estimates
RCED-86-118: Published: May 29, 1986. Publicly Released: May 29, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the methods used by the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS), the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), and the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) to estimate crop yields. The review identified: (1) the impact of differences in estimated yields the agencies used; and (2) possible improvements to the yield estimation pr...
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...
Followup on Actions Needed To Protect Depositors at Federally Examined Grain Warehouses
RCED-83-159: Published: Jul 18, 1983. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 1983.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on actions taken by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) in response to recommendations contained in a 1981 GAO report.In that report, GAO found that the development and use of a reliable formula for predicting warehouses that may go bankrupt in the foreseeable future would make the Federal warehouse examination program more effective....
Analysis of Certain Aspects of the California-Arizona Navel Orange Marketing Order
CED-81-129: Published: Jul 2, 1981. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 1981.
GAO reviewed certain aspects of the California-Arizona navel orange marketing order and provided background information on marketing orders in general and more specifically on the navel orange marketing order.GAO found that: (1) the Navel Orange Administrative Committee's composition, which is established in Federal regulations, only assures adequate consideration of navel orange industry interest...