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An Opportunity to Modernize U.S. Agriculture Policy
142369: Jan 1, 1990
This article, which appeared in the GAO Journal, No. 10, Fall 1990, discusses current agricultural policies and farm programs, focusing on: (1) the use of price supports and income supports to allow farms to participate in managing the amount of commodities they produce; (2) the need to improve agricultural programs by increasing the flexibility of programs, eliminating outdated programs, and prov...
Opportunities to Improve U.S. Food/Agricultural Exports Through Improved Marketing Techniques
T-RCED-88-56: Published: Jun 28, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 1988.
GAO reviewed public and private marketing mechanisms to enhance opportunities for the United States to improve its food and agricultural sales in foreign markets. GAO found that U.S. exporters needed to: (1) develop effective, long-term marketing strategies; (2) design positive product images; (3) improve distribution systems; (4) develop competitive pricing and credit policies; and (5) conduct pr...
Farm Programs: Price and Income Support Programs for Fiscal Years 1987-89
RCED-88-144FS: Published: Apr 22, 1988. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) net cash outlays for commodity price and income support programs for 1987 through 1989.GAO found that: (1) USDA net cash outlays for commodity price and income support programs in 1987 totalled about $22.4 billion; (2) USDA estimated an additional $34.8 billion for combined 1988 and 1989 net...
Farm Programs: An Overview of Price and Income Support, and Storage Programs
RCED-88-84BR: Published: Feb 29, 1988. Publicly Released: Feb 29, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA): (1) farm price and income support programs; and (2) agricultural commodities storage program.GAO found that: (1) USDA estimated that net cash outlays for commodity price and income support programs would exceed $23 billion in fiscal year (FY) 1987; (2) nonrecourse commodity loans, the direct purchase of fa...
Farm Finance: Financial Condition of American Agriculture as of December 31, 1986
RCED-88-26BR: Published: Oct 20, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the financial condition of American agriculture as of December 31, 1986.GAO found that, in 1986: (1) adverse economic conditions continued to affect the agricultural sector; (2) the agricultural industry produced an increased surplus in many key commodities; (3) agricultural exports declined; (4) the value of total farm assets declin...
Farm Programs: 1985 Payments and Crop Loans by State
RCED-87-155FS: Published: Jul 22, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on farm price and income support payments and crop loans in 1985.GAO detailed the distribution of: (1) payments and crop loans, by region and state; (2) payments, by crop and size of payment; and (3) crop loans, by crop and size of loan. GAO found that: (1) nationally, 980,000 producers received almost $6.3 billion in payments; (2) a...
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...
International Trade: Alternative Trading Practices for International Grain Trade
NSIAD-87-90BR: Published: Mar 17, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO: (1) provided information concerning the nature, extent, and structure of long-term bilateral grain agreements and countertrade; (2) listed the advantages and disadvantages of employing such policy trading tools; and (3) analyzed and compared selected U.S. and foreign experiences with these agreements and countertrade in the international grain market.GA...
Options for Dealing With Farm Credit System Problems
T-GGD-87-11: Published: Apr 7, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 1987.
GAO discussed the federal rescue of the Farm Credit System and suggested an approach to stabilizing the system in the short run while developing long-term policies, since failure or default of the System's obligations would seriously disrupt the flow of credit to the agricultural sector and pose risks to other federal lending institutions. GAO found that: (1) the system's situation has continued t...
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...