Agricultural policies (51 - 60 of 81 items)
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...
Agricultural Competitiveness: An Overview of the Challenge To Enhance Exports
RCED-87-100: Published: May 7, 1987. Publicly Released: May 7, 1987.
GAO reviewed issues affecting U.S. agricultural exports, focusing on: (1) the growth and decline in U.S. agricultural exports; (2) factors affecting the competitiveness of international trade; and (3) the consequences of a declining world market.GAO found that: (1) in fiscal year 1982, U.S. agricultural exports began a downward trend that resulted from changing global macroeconomic conditions, dom...
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...
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...
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...
Farm Reorganizations and Payments to Foreign Owners of U.S. Cropland
T-RCED-87-11: Published: Apr 1, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 1987.
GAO discussed the impact of farm reorganizations on Department of Agriculture (USDA) farm payments and the $50,000-per-person payment limitation. GAO found that: (1) there was an increasing trend in reorganizations from 1984 through 1986, which resulted in an additional $328 million in program costs and added almost 9,000 new persons to USDA payment rolls; (2) the dramatic increase in the number o...
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...