Agricultural programs (71 - 80 of 457 items)
Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation: Farm Storage Facility Loan Program
OGC-00-31: Published: May 24, 2000. Publicly Released: May 24, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC) new rule on the Farm Storage Facility Loan Program. GAO noted that: (1) the rule implements CCC's Farm Storage Facility Loan Program utilizing authority in the CCC Charter Act; (2) the program will provide financing for producers to build or upgrade farm storage and handling facilities; and (3) CCC complie...
World Trade Organization: Progress in Agricultural Trade Negotiations May Be Slow
T-NSIAD-00-122: Published: Mar 7, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the negotiations on agricultural trade being conducted by the World Trade Organization (WTO), focusing on: (1) U.S. and other countries' objectives in the agricultural trade negotiations; (2) progress achieved during the 1999 WTO Seattle ministerial conference; and (3) prospects for future negotiations.GAO noted that: (1) WTO member countries inte...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Marketing Assistance Loan Program Should Better Reflect Market Conditions
RCED-00-9: Published: Nov 23, 1999. Publicly Released: Nov 23, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the effects of the marketing assistance loan program on cash payments to farm producers, focusing on: (1) which producers received cash payments through the program, by type of crop and state; (2) why some producers did not participate in the program; and (3) what types of concerns have been raised about the program's effect on cash payments and po...
Crop Insurance: USDA Needs a Better Estimate of Improper Payments to Strengthen Controls Over Claims
RCED-99-266: Published: Sep 22, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on crop insurance, focusing on: (1) the extent to which crop insurance claims are paid in error--either unintentionally or fraudulently--and, to the extent practical, a comparison of the rate at which claims are paid in error with rates for other types of insurance; (2) the insurance companies' and the Department of Agriculture's Risk M...
Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service: Milk in the New England and Other Marketing Areas--Order Amending the Orders
OGC-99-65: Published: Sep 16, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) new rule on milk in New England and other marketing areas. GAO noted that: (1) the rule consolidates the 31 federal milk marketing orders into 11 orders in compliance with the 1996 Farm Bill, which mandated that the federal milk marketing orders be consolidated into between 10 and 14 orders; (2) the rule...
Conservation Reserve Program: Funding Requirements for the Natural Resources Conservation Service's Technical Assistance
RCED-99-247R: Published: Aug 5, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the funding requirements for the technical assistance that the Natural Resources Conservation Service provides to the Conservation Reserve Program, focusing on: (1) the nature and costs of the Conservation Service's technical assistance; (2) the reasons the Conservation Service suspended its technical assistance for the program; (3)...
Sugar Program: Changing the Method for Setting Import Quotas Could Reduce Cost to Users
RCED-99-209: Published: Jul 26, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Sugar Program, focusing on: (1) USDA's procedures for setting the tariff-rate quota for imported raw sugar; and (2) the U.S. Trade Representative's (USTR) procedures for allocating the quota among sugar-producing countries.GAO noted that: (1) USDA uses the tariff-rate quota for raw sugar to rest...
Commitments by the European Union and the United States to Reduce Agricultural Export Subsidies
NSIAD-99-198R: Published: Jun 18, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the European Union's (EU) and the U.S.' agricultural export subsidy programs, focusing on: (1) EU and U.S. compliance with the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Agreement on Agriculture commitments to reduce agricultural export subsidies; and (2) EU and U.S. plans regarding the future use of agricultural export subsidies.GAO noted that: (1) to date,...
Animal Agriculture: Waste Management Practices
RCED-99-205: Published: Jul 1, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on animal waste management practices, focusing on: (1) waste management practices used in the United States; (2) practices used in other countries; (3) potential new practices based on technologies transferred from other industries; (4) federal financial and technical assistance available to producers for waste management and the proces...
Farm Service Agency: Characteristics of Small County Offices
RCED-99-162: Published: May 28, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Farm Service Agency (FSA), focusing on the: (1) number of FSA county offices with three or fewer permanent full-time employees; (2) characteristics of these offices, including their proximity to another county office, their workload, the level of FSA program benefits delivered, the relative contribution of farming to total county...