Economic development (31 - 40 of 72 items)
Farmers Home Administration: Sounder Loans Would Require Revised Loan-Making Criteria
RCED-89-9: Published: Feb 14, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) loan policies and practices to determine: (1) whether FmHA used adequate criteria to make and service loans; (2) how FmHA loan policies affected borrower equity; (3) whether security for FmHA loans was adequate; and (4) the potential impact of FmHA-proposed loan criteria on existing borrowers.GAO found th...
Farmers Home Administration: Farm Loan Programs Have Become a Continuous Source of Subsidized Credit
RCED-89-3: Published: Nov 22, 1988. Publicly Released: Nov 22, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) farm loan graduation policies and procedures to determine: (1) whether FmHA followed legislative mandates to graduate successful borrowers; (2) the extent to which FmHA was a long-term source of credit; and (3) the amount of government interest-rate subsidy and financial advantage FmHA borrowers received.GAO...
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...
Milk Marketing Orders: Options for Change
RCED-88-9: Published: Mar 21, 1988. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 1988.
GAO reviewed several aspects of federal milk-pricing policies to determine how: (1) the milk marketing order program affects the U.S. dairy surplus problem; (2) to change the program to reduce incentives for milk production; and (3) such changes would affect the surplus and the program's ability to meet dairy policy goals.GAO found that: (1) because dairy market conditions changed, the milk market...
Farm Payments: Analysis of Proposals To Amend the $50,000 Payment Limit
RCED-88-42BR: Published: Oct 9, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 9, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO: (1) analyzed two proposals to amend the current $50,000-per-person payment limitation provisions of the Food Security Act; and (2) compared these proposals with existing legislation and regulations to determine if they would prevent certain types of farm reorganizations.GAO found that the proposed legislation: (1) targets those reorganizations which, in...
Farm Payments: USDA's Proposed Changes to the $50,000 Payment Limit Could Be Improved
RCED-87-190: Published: Sep 11, 1987. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) report to Congress on the $50,000-per-person payment limitation on farm program direct payments.GAO found that: (1) USDA proposed to limit total payments to any individual to $50,000 regardless of whether the individual owned or shared ownership of a farm; (2) the proposal would not achieve the desired effe...
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-87-40: Published: Jul 21, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 1987.
GAO discussed the scope and cost of farm reorganizations and problems with the $50,000-per-person payment limitation. GAO found that: (1) between 1984 and 1986, there was an increasing trend in reorganizations that may have been related to the payment limit; (2) reorganizations added almost 9,000 new persons to Department of Agriculture (USDA) payment rolls, at a cost of $2.3 billion; (3) as more...
Farm Payments: Basic Changes Needed To Avoid Abuse of the $50,000 Payment Limit
RCED-87-176: Published: Jul 20, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1987.
GAO reviewed the: (1) Department of Agriculture's (USDA) administration of the $50,000 limit on direct agricultural support payments; and (2) impact on farm programs of individuals who reorganize their farming operations to qualify for additional payments.GAO found that: (1) if the current trend in reorganizations continues through 1989, 31,300 additional persons could receive payments, which woul...
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...