Agricultural commodities (61 - 70 of 107 items)
Farm Reorganizations and Their Impact on USDA Payments
T-RCED-87-19: Published: Apr 22, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 1987.
GAO discussed its ongoing review of farm reorganizations related to the statutory payment limitation and their impact on Department of Agriculture (USDA) farm payments. GAO found that: (1) from 1984 through 1986, farm reorganizations increased as persons neared or met the payment limit; (2) the addition of new persons eligible to receive payments under the program increased its cost; (3) the conti...
Farm Payments: Farm Reorganizations and Their Impact on USDA Program Costs
RCED-87-120BR: Published: Apr 1, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on farm reorganizations related to the $50,000 statutory limitation on direct payments under the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) crop subsidy and acreage reduction programs.GAO found that: (1) the number of producers that USDA paid under its crop programs increased by 49 percent from 1984 to 1986; (2) USDA estimated that total paymen...
Farm Programs: Payments and Loans to Foreign Owners of U.S. Cropland
RCED-87-81BR: Published: Mar 19, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 3, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the extent of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) farm program payments and loans to foreign individuals and entities that owned U.S. cropland.GAO found that: (1) USDA estimated that farm program costs would reach $72 billion for a 3-year period ending in 1988, with a large part of the funds going to producers for taking cropland out of produ...
Agricultural Trade Legislation: Title VI, H.R. 3
T-NSIAD-87-24: Published: Mar 31, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1987.
GAO discussed Title VI of the Trade and International Economic Policy Reform Act of 1987, which would significantly restructure and reorient the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) management of agricultural trade. GAO believes that: (1) designating USDA as lead agency for agricultural trade and trade policy matters is unnecessary; (2) transferring the International Economic Division and the World...
U.S. Agricultural Exports: Factors Affecting Competitiveness in World Markets
RCED-87-35BR: Published: Oct 9, 1986. Publicly Released: Nov 3, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO addressed the issues of: (1) declining U.S. agricultural exports; and (2) waning U.S. competitiveness in the world agricultural market. GAO defined competitiveness as the ability to sell U.S. products in the world market at a level sufficient to sustain the U.S. market share.GAO identified a number of factors that affect U.S. agricultural competitiveness, i...
Farm Finance: Financial Condition of American Agriculture as of December 31, 1985
RCED-86-191BR: Published: Sep 3, 1986. Publicly Released: Sep 3, 1986.
GAO presented information on the financial condition of American agriculture as of December 31, 1985.After analyzing the economic environment, farmers' financial positions, and the performance of the financial institutions serving agriculture in 1985, GAO concluded that adverse economic and financial conditions facing agriculture continued in 1985. GAO found that: (1) the rate of production increa...
The Agricultural Export Enhancement Program and Agricultural Foreign Market Development Programs
129594: Apr 10, 1986
GAO discussed its assessment of the Agricultural Export Enhancement Program and the progress the program is making in achieving its objectives to increase U.S. exports and encourage the European community to begin serious bilateral and multilateral negotiations on agricultural trade problems. GAO found that: (1) isolating and assessing the impact of the program is a difficult task; and (2) any imp...
[Question Concerning CCC Obligation To Compensate Sugar Beet Growers]
B-118622: Published: Feb 19, 1986. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 1986.
GAO commented on whether the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) was legally obligated to compensate Colorado sugar beet growers who were not paid in accordance with price-support agreements for the 1984 crop. GAO noted that: (1) where price-support programs are carried out through purchases, loans, or payments to processors, the Secretary of Agriculture should ensure that producers of the commodit...
Farmers Home Administration: Financial and General Characteristics of Farmer Loan Program Borrowers
RCED-86-62BR: Published: Jan 2, 1986. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the current financial condition of Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) borrowers and the farm loan portfolio, as shown by the Farmer Program Management Information System.GAO found that: (1) the average borrower had a debt-to-asset ratio of 83 percent; (2) 20 percent of the borrowers were technically insolvent and an additional 31...
Cross Compliance: USDA Could Reduce Crop Production by Requiring Cross Compliance
RCED-86-64BR: Published: Dec 11, 1985. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided a summary of its analysis of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) current production control programs and the use of a cross-compliance requirement to increase program effectiveness.GAO found that: (1) production control programs that USDA has used since 1982 permit farmers who enroll one or more crops to offset part or all of their decreased...