Commodity marketing (21 - 30 of 162 items)
RCED-95-280R: Published: Sep 29, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the arrangement agreed to in the Uruguay Round for an increased allocation of cheese to U.S. importers and the effect of this arrangement on the U.S. dairy industry; (2) U.S. trade remedies that are available to protect the dairy sector and the extent to which they have been applied to cheese imports; (3) the operations of one s...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Foreign Agriculture Service Could Benefit from Better Strategic Planning
GGD-95-225: Published: Sep 28, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) to determine if FAS uses its resources in the most effective manner to accomplish its mission.GAO found that: (1) FAS long-term agricultural trade strategy (LATS) and country marketing plans lack the specificity and measurable goals that are necessary to establish priorities and allocate resources efficiently a...
Food and Agriculture Issue Area Plan--Fiscal Years 1995-96
IAP-95-21: Published: Aug 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1995.
GAO presented its Food and Agriculture issue area plan for fiscal years 1995 to 1996.GAO plans to: (1) identify approaches to help farmers adapt to a more market-oriented farm economy; (2) recommend changes to improve the fiscal integrity of crop insurance programs and farm risk management; (3) evaluate the efficiency of commodity programs' administration; (4) identify U.S. trade and marketing iss...
Cotton Program: Costly and Complex Government Program Needs to Be Reassessed
RCED-95-107: Published: Jun 20, 1995. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) cotton program, focusing on the program's: (1) cost and complexity; (2) distribution of payments; (3) effects on producers' costs and returns; and (4) effectiveness in enhancing U.S. cotton exports.GAO found that: (1) over the past 60 years, the cotton program has evolved into a costly, complex maze of domesti...
Food Aid: Competing Goals and Requirements Hinder Title I Program Results
GGD-95-68: Published: Jun 26, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 1995.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the impact of Title I assistance on: (1) sustainable economic development in recipient countries; and (2) long-term market development for U.S. agricultural goods in those countries.GAO found that: (1) U.S. agricultural exports and world food aid have decreased because there are other donor countries and new programs such as the Department of Agr...
Agricultural Trade: Competitor Countries' Foreign Market Development Programs
T-GGD-95-184: Published: Jun 14, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed: (1) competitor countries' foreign agricultural market development activities; and (2) state trading enterprises (STE). GAO noted that: (1) the European Union spends far more on total agricultural support than the United States; (2) foreign market development includes advertising, consumer promotion, trade servicing and market research; (3) althou...
Options Pilot Program
RCED-95-199R: Published: Jun 14, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Options Pilot Program (OPP), focusing on: (1) the status of OPP implementation; and (2) views on OPP performance. GAO noted that: (1) USDA implemented OPP in 1993, subsidizing options purchases by 956 farmers in nine counties in three states; (2) USDA expanded OPP in 1994 to cover four more coun...
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)...
Sugar Program: Impact on Sweetener Users and Producers
T-RCED-95-204: Published: May 24, 1995. Publicly Released: May 24, 1995.
GAO discussed the impact of: (1) the U.S. sugar program on sweetener users and producers; and (2) domestic and international conditions on the sugar program's operations. GAO noted that: (1) the sugar program's price support loans and tariff-rate import quotas protect domestic producers from lower world prices, costing sweetener users about $1.4 billion annually; (2) sugar program benefits are con...
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...