Agricultural commodities (31 - 40 of 62 items)
1990 Farm Bill: Opportunities for Change
RCED-90-142: Published: Apr 10, 1990. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 1990.
GAO addressed issues that Congress should consider during the debate over the 1990 farm bill.GAO addressed: (1) commodity price and income supports; (2) farm finance; (3) crop disaster assistance; (4) conservation and environmental programs; (5) international programs; (6) food stamps; and (7) U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) management. GAO noted that the 1990 farm bill should include major...
Status Report on GAO's Reviews on P.L. 480 Food Aid Programs
T-NSIAD-90-23: Published: Mar 21, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 1990.
GAO discussed U.S. food aid programs, focusing on: (1) the integration of agricultural export programs with food aid programs; (2) food aid program management; (3) the Agency for International Development's (AID) food aid management plan; (4) the role of U.S. private voluntary organizations (PVO) in U.S. food aid programs; and (5) the extent to which AID should maintain accountability over local c...
U.S.-Mexico Trade: Trends and Impediments in Agricultural Trade
NSIAD-90-85BR: Published: Jan 12, 1990. Publicly Released: Feb 14, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information about the extent of agricultural trade between the United States and Mexico, focusing on: (1) the value of agricultural trade from 1982 to 1988; (2) economic trends affecting agricultural trade; and (3) principal obstacles to agricultural trade.GAO found that: (1) U.S.-Mexican agricultural trade increased from $2.3 billion in 1982 to $4...
International Trade: Foreign Market Development for High Value Agricultural Products
NSIAD-90-47: Published: Jan 17, 1990. Publicly Released: Jan 26, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed competitor and U.S. market development for high-value agricultural products.GAO found that: (1) the United States and its foreign competitors conducted similar marketing activities for high-value agricultural products, but some competitors used a highly targeted approach which integrated market research with production and distribution capacities;...
Agribusiness Leadership: A Key to World Prosperity
142372: Jan 1, 1990
This article, which appeared in the GAO Journal, No. 10, Fall 1990, discusses the emerging structure of the global agribusiness system, focusing on: (1) agricultural commodity production emphasizing value-added products and services; (2) government policies to further encourage fair and open markets; (3) leadership strategies that encourage freer trade and a market orientation worldwide; and (4) t...
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...
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...
Farm Payments: Benefits and Costs of Trading in USDA Commodity Certificates
RCED-88-142BR: Published: Jun 2, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed reported abuses in the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Payment-in-Kind (PIK) Certificate Program to determine: (1) the volume of grain involved in long-distance transactions, in which commodity certificate holders exploited differing market values; (2) the monetary benefits gained from such transactions; (3) how the benefits were distributed;...