Agricultural policies (61 - 70 of 81 items)
Review of the Department of Agriculture's Role in Regulating Biotechnology
128550: Dec 4, 1985
In response to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) role in regulating biotechnology to determine: (1) how the programs relate to decisionmaking concerning the deliberate release of genetically engineered organisms into the environment; and (2) the relationship between USDA and other federal agencies with biotechnology responsibilities. GAO found that: (1)...
Agriculture Overview: U.S. Food/Agriculture in a Volatile World Economy
RCED-86-3BR: Published: Nov 6, 1985. Publicly Released: Nov 6, 1985.
GAO reported on issues relevant to the development of U.S. food and agriculture policies, including: (1) the current state of the U.S. agricultural industry; (2) current trends in agriculture; and (3) potential future concerns.GAO found that the agricultural sector: (1) accounts for 20 percent of the nation's gross national product and work force and helps to offset a growing U.S. trade deficit; (...
RCED-83-110: Published: Apr 1, 1983. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 1983.
This bibliography includes information on GAO documents which directly or indirectly relate to food, agriculture, or nutrition which were released between January 1981 and December 1982...
Lessons To Be Learned From Offsetting the Impact of the Soviet Grain Sales Suspension
CED-81-110: Published: Jul 27, 1981. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 1981.
On January 4, 1980, the President announced that, for foreign policy and national security reasons, the federal government was suspending the shipment of about 18 million metric tons of agricultural commodities to the Soviet Union. The President directed the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take actions to offset the suspension's impact on farmers. These offsetting actions, most of which were c...
Farmer-Owned Grain Reserve Program Needs Modification To Improve Effectiveness, Vol. 1
CED-81-70(I): Published: Jun 26, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 1981.
The Farmer-Owned Reserve, authorized by the Food and Agriculture Act of 1977 is to encourage producers to store wheat and feed grains when they are in abundant supply and extend the time for their orderly marketing.GAO and its consultants found that, during its first 2 to 3 years, the farmer-owned reserve (FOR) only partially met its objectives of increasing grain inventories in times of abundant...
Consequences of USDA's Farmer-Owned Reserve Program for Grain Stocks and Prices, Vol. 2
CED-81-70(II): Published: Jun 26, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 1981.
The Farmer-Owned Reserve (FOR) Program subsidizes farmers to hold stocks of grain in reserve in order to regulate the amount of grain available and thereby stabilize prices. Data on stocks and prices of wheat and corn during the FOR program's first 3 years were examined, and estimates of its effects were made. The analysis focused on: (1) quantities of stocks, using annual and quarterly data for w...
Farmer-Owned Grain Reserve Program Needs Modification To Improve Effectiveness
CED-81-70: Published: Jun 26, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 1981.
The farmer-owned grain reserve, authorized by the Food and Agriculture Act of 1977, is to encourage producers to store wheat and feed grains when they are in abundant supply and extend the time for their orderly marketing.GAO and its consultants found that, during its first 2 to 3 years, the farmer-owned reserve (FOR) only partially met its objectives of increasing grain inventories in times of ab...
Theoretical and Empirical Considerations in Agricultural Buffer Stock Policy Under the Food and Agriculture Act of 1977, Vol. 3
CED-81-70(III): Published: Jun 26, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 1981.
The major theoretical developments in the agricultural price stabilization policy were analyzed, and this information was then used to develop a model to investigate the effects of the reserve program on prices, quantities, and real income for grain and livestock markets.The program has not benefited grain producers, except for minor benefits in its first year. Large farmer-owned reserves tend to...
Structure of American Agriculture
114519: Mar 2, 1981
Significant changes have occurred in American agriculture during the last 3 decades. The basic trend has been one of an increasing concentration of farms as well as supporting facilities. There has also been a drastic reduction in the number of farms, people living on farms, and a decline in rural vitality. It is estimated that less than one-half of all farmland is owned by the farm operator and t...
Summary of GAO Reports Issued Since 1977 Pertaining to Farm Bill Legislation
CED-81-43: Published: Jan 21, 1981. Publicly Released: Jan 21, 1981.
A compilation is presented of reports issued since 1977 on topics which are addressed by the Food and Agriculture Act of 1977 and related subjects. The summary was prepared to assist the members of the agriculture committees in their deliberations on renewal, modification, and extension of the Farm Bill...