Commodity marketing (41 - 50 of 162 items)
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)...
Dairy Industry: Potential for and Barriers to Market Development
RCED-94-19: Published: Dec 21, 1993. Publicly Released: Jan 5, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the development of domestic and international markets for U.S. dairy products, focusing on: (1) how the U.S. dairy industry's export activities compare with those of other major milk-producing countries; (2) opportunities to develop and expand dairy markets; and (3) obstacles to expanding dairy markets.GAO found that: (1) the United States is the t...
High-Value Product Exports: Good Potential Exists for More Trade With Taiwan, Malaysia, and Indonesia
GGD-94-52: Published: Nov 19, 1993. Publicly Released: Nov 24, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the: (1) potential for increased exports of U.S. agricultural high-value products (HVP) to Indonesia, Malaysia, and Taiwan; (2) factors that could limit HVP exports to these countries; (3) need for competitive market development activities in these countries; and (4) need to enhance the competitiveness of U.S. businesses in these mar...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Improvements Needed in Foreign Agricultural Service Management
T-GGD-94-56: Published: Nov 10, 1993. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1993.
GAO discussed the operation of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), focusing on its: (1) management of export promotion and assistance programs; (2) use of resources in reporting on agricultural developments overseas; and (3) strategic planning. GAO noted that: (1) FAS needs greater management controls to eliminate continuing weaknesses; (2) FAS should reduce the amount of reporting on foreign...
Midwest Grain Quality
RCED-94-66R: Published: Nov 1, 1993. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed damages to the current year's small grain crop, focusing on whether: (1) market conditions justify significant discounts in grain prices; (2) large grain companies use a systematic discount system for low-quality grain; and (3) large grain buyers blend low-quality grain with high-quality grain and then resell it at normal market prices. GAO found t...
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...
Agricultural Trade: Significance of High-Value Products as Agricultural Exports
GGD-93-120: Published: Aug 10, 1993. Publicly Released: Aug 10, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed U.S. exports of high-value agricultural products (HVP) and the economic benefits of exporting these products, focusing on: (1) the governmentwide strategy for guiding U.S. export promotion programs; (2) U.S. and world trade statistics for HVP; (3) economic issues associated with HVP and bulk commodities exports; (4) the Department of Agriculture's...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Market Promotion Program Could Be More Effective
T-GGD-93-38: Published: Jun 23, 1993. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1993.
GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's Market Promotion Program (MPP). GAO noted that: (1) during fiscal years 1986 through 1993, over $1.25 billion was authorized for MPP, but the current funding process does not address several important factors; (2) the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) does not require commercial firms to demonstrate that MPP funds will be used to increase promotional...
Agricultural Marketing: Export Opportunities for Wood Products in Japan Call for Customer Focus
RCED-93-137: Published: May 19, 1993. Publicly Released: May 25, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the forest industry's and the federal government's approach to selling solid wood products overseas, focusing on the Foreign Agricultural Service's (FAS) promotion of U.S. wood products in Japan.GAO found that: (1) the forest industry-FAS approach to marketing solid wood products in Japan has focused on reducing trade barriers while increasing dema...
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...