Agricultural production (21 - 30 of 79 items)
Peanut Program: Impact on Peanut Producers, Users, and the Government
T-RCED-95-215: Published: Jun 8, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 1995.
GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Peanut Program, focusing on: (1) changes in peanut farming since the program was created; (2) the program's impact on producers, consumers, the government, and international trade; and (3) needed changes in the program. GAO noted that: (1) the number of peanut farms has decreased and the size of the remaining farms has increased since 1930; (2)...
Milk Marketing Orders: Issues for Consideration in Reauthorizing the Farm Bill in 1995
T-RCED-95-203: Published: May 23, 1995. Publicly Released: May 23, 1995.
GAO discussed the Milk Marketing Order Program and the 1995 farm bill reauthorization. GAO noted that: (1) the market environment for milk has changed since the inception of the federal dairy pricing system and the premises for milk pricing under such a system are outdated; (2) milk marketing orders have led to excessive milk production and inequitable treatment of some milk producers, since produ...
Conservation Reserve Program: Alternatives Are Available for Managing Environmentally Sensitive Cropland
RCED-95-42: Published: Feb 21, 1995. Publicly Released: Feb 21, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) estimated the amount and locations of land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and other environmentally sensitive cropland that should be removed from production; and (2) provided information on alternatives for managing these lands.GAO found that: (1) it could not precisely identify the amount of CRP and other environmentally sensitive...
RCED-95-87R: Published: Feb 3, 1995. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the proportion of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) payments made to farm tenants versus landlords. GAO noted that: (1) the Department of Agriculture (USDA) categorized 46 percent of CRP contract holders as owners/operators during fiscal years 1990 through 1994; (2) these contract holders received 53 percent of the $8 billion in CRP payments over...
Rice Program: Government Support Needs to Be Reassessed
RCED-94-88: Published: May 26, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) rice program, focusing on its impact on the federal government and rice buyers and producers.GAO found that: (1) the rice program is costly despite USDA attempts to curtail costs; (2) between 1986 and 1992, annual government support costs averaged $863 million and annual export promotion costs averaged $157 mi...
RCED-94-208R: Published: May 12, 1994. Publicly Released: May 12, 1994.
GAO provided information on the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service's (ASCS) disaster assistance payments for crop years 1988 through 1993. GAO noted that: (1) between 1988 and 1993, ASCS allocated $9 billion in disaster assistance payments for 1,265 crops; (2) of the $9 billion in ASCS disaster assistance payments, income and price support payments totalled nearly $5 billion for 1...
Disaster Assistance: Problems in Administering Agriculture Payments
T-RCED-94-187: Published: Apr 13, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 1994.
GAO discussed federal disaster assistance and crop insurance reform, focusing on the difficulties the Department of Agriculture (USDA) has in administering disaster assistance payments and ensuring that the combination of disaster assistance and crop insurance payments does not exceed legislative limits. GAO noted that: (1) between 1988 and 1993, USDA paid about $6.5 billion in disaster assistance...
Commodity Programs: Flex Acres Enhance Farm Operations and Market Orientation
RCED-94-76: Published: Dec 30, 1993. Publicly Released: Jan 11, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether 1990 farm legislation will reduce government costs and increase farmers' flexibility and responsiveness to market demands.GAO found that: (1) although flex acres are designed to reduce the government's agricultural support costs and increase U.S. farmers' market competitiveness, the total impact of flex acres on farm income is unknown; (2)...
RCED-93-227R: Published: Sep 1, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 1, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed payment limitations governing the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) honey price support program, focusing on: (1) the statutory provisions that apply to payment limitations for the honey program as compared with those of other farm commodity programs; (2) payments received by honey producers and associated loan forfeitures for 1991 and 1992; (3) t...
Crop Insurance: Federal Program Faces Insurability and Design Problems
RCED-93-98: Published: May 24, 1993. Publicly Released: Jun 3, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation's (FCIC) federal crop insurance program, focusing on: (1) the extent to which the program meets insurability standards; and (2) the effect of provisions designed to foster program participation on the program's actuarial soundness.GAO found that: (1) the federal crop insurance program has not achieved actuaria...