Commodity marketing (101 - 110 of 162 items)
GAO Analysis of Durum Wheat Prices
T-RCED-90-19: Published: Dec 7, 1989. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 1989.
GAO discussed the current market conditions for durum wheat, focusing on whether durum prices were consistent with supply and demand conditions. GAO found that: (1) price levels had a strong inverse relationship to stocks on hand at the end of the year, so that when stock levels were high, the average annual price was low; (2) for 13 of the 16 years from 1973 to 1988, more than 50 percent of total...
Milk Pricing: New Method for Setting Farm Milk Prices Needs to Be Developed
RCED-90-8: Published: Nov 3, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 22, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined whether the Minnesota-Wisconsin (M-W) price series was a reliable and appropriate adjuster of milk prices and whether it needed to be improved.GAO found that: (1) the M-W price is becoming gradually less reliable as a measure of national supply and demand conditions for milk used for manufacturing, does not provide a valid pricing mechanism over...
Dairy Imports: Issues Related to Chocolate Products
RCED-89-159BR: Published: Jul 18, 1989. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 1989.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO studied the possible circumvention of agricultural quotas on the dry whole milk contained in imported chocolate block of 10 pounds or more, focusing on: (1) changes in the volume of imported chocolate block in recent years, and the relationship of the dry whole milk contained in the block to domestic dry whole milk production and the dairy price-support p...
International Trade: Long-Term Bilateral Grain Agreements and Grain Countertrade
NSIAD-89-91: Published: Apr 14, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed long-term bilateral grain agreements (LBGA) and countertrade, focusing on: (1) foreign countries' use of LBGA and countertrade; (2) motivating factors for foreign countries to engage in such trade practices; and (3) the prospects for U.S. use of LBGA and countertrade to enhance grain exports.GAO interviewed private organizations and foreign gove...
Agriculture: Progress Made Toward Goals of 1985 Farm Bill
RCED-89-76BR: Published: Mar 30, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the results of 1985 farm legislation, focusing on whether the law: (1) stabilized the financially stressed farm economy; (2) enhanced U.S. competitiveness as a supplier in world agricultural markets; and (3) prevented the buildup of large surplus stocks.GAO found that: (1) most economic indicators had improved since 1985, but it was uncertain how m...
Farm Payments: Evaluation of Changes in County Loan Rates
RCED-89-47BR: Published: Feb 15, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 17, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined selected aspects of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) county loan program, specifically to determine: (1) why USDA changed its loan rate calculation procedures for the individual counties; and (2) whether the changes resulted in reasonable and justifiable loan rates.GAO found that USDA revised its county loan rate procedures to: (1) update...
Food Prices: Changes Occurring in the Prices of Selected Food Products
RCED-89-46FS: Published: Oct 31, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the effect of the 1988 drought on changes in food prices at the farm, processor, and retail levels for eight selected food products.GAO found that: (1) between June 1 and August 31, 1988, food prices generally increased more at the farm, processor, and retail levels than they did in the same period in 1987; (2) prices for the sele...
Price Changes in Selected Agricultural Commodities and Foods
T-RCED-89-1: Published: Oct 5, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 5, 1988.
GAO reviewed price changes in selected agricultural commodities and foods during 1988. GAO found that: (1) between June 1 and August 31, 1988, food prices generally increased more at the farm, processor, and retail levels than they did during the same period in 1987; (2) prices of many of the monitored food items began to increase prior to the drought, with the January to August 1988 increase bein...
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...
Sugar Program: Issues Related to Imports of Sugar-Containing Products
T-RCED-88-48: Published: Jun 22, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 1988.
GAO discussed issues relating to U.S. sugar imports and administrative controls over sugar imports. GAO noted that, in 1986: (1) 1.75 million tons of raw and refined sugar entered U.S. commerce via the commodity import quota and 550,000 tons entered through nonquota sugar programs; (2) 265,000 to 307,000 tons of sugar may have displaced domestic sugar by entering the United States in sugar-contain...