Farm subsidies (21 - 30 of 87 items)
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...
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)...
Wheat Commodity Program: Impact on Producers' Income
RCED-93-175BR: Published: Sep 8, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) wheat commodity program's effect on wheat producers' incomes, focusing on the: (1) program's costs and benefits to wheat producers and buyers; (2) distribution of payments to program participants by county and farms; and (3) distribution of government payments to farms whose wheat production acc...
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...
Dairy Programs: Effects of the Dairy Termination Program and Support Price Reductions
OCE-93-1: Published: Jun 15, 1993. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 1993.
GAO provided information on the estimated long-term consequences of the Dairy Termination Program (DTP) and other support price reduction initiatives on the government's purchases of excess dairy products.GAO found that: (1) DTP and support price reduction initiatives are a cost-effective means of reducing the quantity and expense of government dairy support purchases and could reduce government p...
Farm Finance: Number of New Farmers Is Declining
RCED-93-95: Published: May 3, 1993. Publicly Released: May 3, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on people's entry into farming and on the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) implementation of Food, Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990 provisions to encourage beginning farmers.GAO found that: (1) the number of new farmers has declined by 25 percent annually due to the agricultural sector's poor economic conditions, the...
Agricultural Trade: High-Value Product Sales Are Limited in Export Enhancement Program
RCED-93-101: Published: Apr 6, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) export enhancement program (EEP), focusing on: (1) factors limiting agricultural high-value product (HVP) sales under EEP; and (2) other USDA efforts to increase HVP exports.GAO found that: (1) in fiscal years 1990 and 1991, HVP sales represented only 8 percent of total EEP funds instead of the 25 percent spec...
Wheat Commodity Program: Despite Reforms, Government's Involvement Remains Substantial
RCED-93-30: Published: Mar 18, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the effects of the 1985 and 1990 U.S. wheat program reforms, focusing on the: (1) reforms' effect on farmers' production decisions; (2) government's costs in managing wheat stocks; and (3) government's involvement in wheat-related supports.GAO found that: (1) the 1985 and 1990 wheat program reforms reoriented farmers' production decisions toward ma...
Farmers Home Administration: Final Resolution of Farm Loan or Servicing Appeals
RCED-93-28: Published: Feb 10, 1993. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the final resolution of appeals of Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) loan decisions to determine whether appellants received loans: (1) they requested after FmHA lending decisions were remanded for reconsideration; and (2) and loan servicing in a timely manner.GAO found that: (1) of the 680 remanded loanmaking appeals, an estimated 41 percent of a...
Soil Conservation Service Reorganization
RCED-92-254R: Published: Aug 7, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 7, 1992.
GAO reviewed the effects of the consolidation of field offices within the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) to determine: (1) how the benefits of the SCS technical assistance and other services should be evaluated; and (2) what work-load indicators should be considered in developing plans to consolidate SCS field offices. GAO found that: (1) if the Department of Agriculture (USDA) used appropriate c...