Agricultural production (61 - 70 of 79 items)
Proposed Agricultural Efficiency and Equity Act of 1985
126791: Apr 24, 1985
GAO discussed proposed legislation that would change the manner in which the Department of Agriculture (USDA) computes the acreage bases and program yields which are used to compute the payments for farm program participants. GAO found that inflated bases existed because the Secretary had stated that acreage bases would be determined by averaging the previous 2 years plantings and including the ac...
Information on the Department of Agriculture's Commodity Exchange Contracts for the 1983 Payment-In-Kind Program
RCED-85-62: Published: Mar 11, 1985. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) actions in providing commodities to producers participating in the 1983 Payment-in-Kind (PIK) Program by exchanges of commodities between the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and the grain industry.GAO found that the PIK Program limited the production of five commodities by reducing the number of acres pl...
Department of Agriculture and Producer Costs To Operate the Tobacco Program
RCED-85-30: Published: Feb 8, 1985. Publicly Released: Feb 8, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) whether the tobacco program operated at no net cost to the government; (2) whether assessments against tobacco producers were sufficient to meet possible losses in stored tobacco purchased with Department of Agriculture (USDA) loans; (3) the extent to which active tobacco farmers have purchased allotments or quotas and whether l...
Department of Agriculture's Acquisition and Distribution of Commodities for Its 1983 Payment-in-Kind Program
RCED-84-137: Published: Sep 25, 1984. Publicly Released: Nov 27, 1984.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Payment-in-Kind (PIK) program, which compensates farmers who withhold production of any of five types of commodities with certain amounts of the crops they would otherwise have harvested.GAO found that, in 1983, producers idled about 48 million of the 212 million acres USDA had expected to be planted in the fi...
Department of Agriculture Is Using Improved Payment Procedures for Its 1984 Farm Programs
RCED-84-159: Published: Aug 6, 1984. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 1984.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined whether: (1) Department of Agriculture (USDA) procedures for 1983 farm programs allow a farmer to receive payments based on the average yields of land rather than on the yield of the land actually set aside; (2) individual farmers received payments beyond the production capability of the land actually set aside; and (3) there are any cost-effect...
Legality of the Department of Agriculture's Interim Payments Program for Sugar Producers
B-118622: Published: Aug 17, 1978. Publicly Released: Oct 4, 1983.
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Congressional Decision Needed on Necessity of Federal Wool Program
CED-82-86: Published: Aug 2, 1982. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 1982.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's wool incentive payment program to determine whether it is accomplishing its objectives and whether these objectives are still valid.The federal wool incentive program has had little effect on encouraging wool production and improving wool quality because decisions to raise sheep are based primarily on the profitability of the lamb market. Since most pro...
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...
Parity and the Agricultural Sector
113346: Sep 18, 1980
GAO was asked to evaluate the concept of parity prices and to identify the impacts, particularly the secondary impacts, expected from parity-level price supports for agricultural products. Parity is generally expected to measure the economic well-being of the farm sector relative to other sectors. Changes in the parity ratio have tracked: (1) structural changes (as the ratio has fallen, so have th...