Commodity marketing (61 - 70 of 162 items)
USDA Buy American Practices
RCED-92-207R: Published: May 21, 1992. Publicly Released: May 21, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's Office of Inspector General's (OIG) report on the food assistance program procurement practices of the Agricultural Marketing Service, Foreign Agricultural Service, and Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service. GAO noted that the OIG report: (1) focused on the agencies' compliance with their...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Improved Management Could Increase the Effectiveness of Export Promotion Activities
T-GGD-92-30: Published: Apr 7, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 1992.
GAO discussed the effectiveness of three Department of Agriculture (USDA) export promotion activities, the Market Promotion Program (MPP) overseas agricultural trade offices and the Trade Show Program. GAO noted that: (1) since USDA has not yet developed a long-term agricultural trade strategy, it can not provide a coherent rationale and justification for its export promotion activities; (2) over...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Better Trade Show Management Can Increase Benefits to Exporters
NSIAD-92-122: Published: Mar 10, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) trade show program, focusing on: (1) the trade show program's role in promoting U.S. agricultural exports; (2) trade show program management; (3) USDA provision of subsidies to trade show exhibitors; and (4) program evaluation efforts.GAO found that: (1) the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has not defined t...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Management Issues Remain Unresolved in the Market Promotion Program
T-GGD-92-25: Published: Mar 25, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1992.
GAO commented on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Market Promotion Program, focusing on: (1) program goals; (2) whether program regulations ensure sound fiscal management; and (3) USDA implementation of prior GAO recommendations. GAO noted that: (1) the Market Promotion Program's broad goals of development and expansion of agricultural exports can justify program support under any market sit...
International Trade: Agricultural Trade Offices' Role in Promoting U.S. Exports Is Unclear
NSIAD-92-65: Published: Jan 16, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) worldwide network of agricultural trade offices (ATO), focusing on: (1) ATO activities; (2) the criteria used to select ATO sites; (3) how well ATO carry out their market development mission; and (4) the adequacy of program management and operations.GAO found that: (1) ATO activities were generally consistent...
Livestock Marketing: USDA's Oversight of Competitiveness Needs to Be Enhanced
T-RCED-92-19: Published: Jan 15, 1992. Publicly Released: Jan 15, 1992.
GAO discussed the Packers and Stockyards Administration's (PSA) current role in overseeing the livestock and meat-packing industries. GAO noted that: (1) national concentration in the meat-packing industry has increased during the last two decades; (2) such high concentration underscores the need for PSA to monitor for anticompetitive behavior; (3) livestock procurement markets are regional, but P...
Agriculture: Generic Promotion Program for Fruits and Vegetables
RCED-92-15: Published: Oct 17, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined whether producers would support federal generic fruit and vegetable promotion programs which would pool funds from individual commodity producers to increase consumer demand for fresh fruits and vegetables.GAO found that: (1) although all of the producer representatives reviewed stated that a producer-financed generic promotion program would be u...
Packers and Stockyards Administration: Oversight of Livestock Market Competitiveness Needs to Be Enhanced
RCED-92-36: Published: Oct 16, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Packers and Stockyards Administration's (PSA) role in monitoring and regulating the livestock and meat packing industries, focusing on: (1) how the livestock and meat packing industries have changed since the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921; and (2) what role PSA plays in monitoring anticompetitive practices by meat-packing firms in their pr...
USDA Commodity Forecasts: Inaccuracies Found May Lead to Underestimates of Budget Outlays
PEMD-91-24: Published: Aug 13, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) long-term commodity forecasts used in the President's budget process, focusing on the: (1) accuracy of those long-term supply and utilization forecasts, referred to as baselines; and (2) effect that forecast inaccuracies could have on outlay estimates in the President's January 1990 budget submission.GAO found...
U.S. Efforts to Increase Exports of High Value Agricultural Products
T-NSIAD-91-43: Published: Jun 25, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 1991.
GAO compared the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) approach to high-value product marketing with the approaches taken by its major competitors. GAO noted that: (1) although most foreign competitors spent less on high-value market development than the United States, they received a greater return on their marketing investment, by spending their funds in a highly targeted manner and using an integr...