Agricultural programs (41 - 50 of 79 items)
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...
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...
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...
Federal Dairy Programs: Dairy Inventory Management Alternatives
T-RCED-91-70: Published: Jun 18, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 1991.
GAO discussed alternatives studied by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to address dairy inventory management problems. GAO noted that: (1) the level of deficiency payments in the target price/deficiency payment program to raise farmer incomes while allowing farm prices to be competitive would depend on the established target price, market demand for dairy products, and the level of producer pa...
Federal Dairy Programs: Long-Term Market Solutions Needed to Solve the Surplus Problem
T-RCED-91-61: Published: May 22, 1991. Publicly Released: May 22, 1991.
GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) efforts to control dairy product surpluses. GAO noted that: (1) annual purchases under the USDA price support program dramatically increased from $251 million in 1979 to $2.6 billion in 1983, contributing to unprecedented milk production levels; (2) USDA did not effectively implement its dairy cattle termination program, had insufficient cost da...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Strategic Marketing Needed to Lead Agribusiness in International Trade
RCED-91-22: Published: Jan 22, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 22, 1991.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) management of marketing strategies to support its role in the changing international marketplace.GAO found that: (1) the USDA production-oriented philosophy was not well suited for providing marketing leadership; (2) policymakers were attempting to reduce or eliminate trade barriers and create a flexible farm program to allow farmers to make plan...
International Trade: Iraq's Participation in U.S. Agricultural Export Programs
NSIAD-91-76: Published: Nov 14, 1990. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined Iraq's participation in the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Export Credit Guarantee Programs, focusing on the: (1) development of Iraq as a U.S. agricultural export market; (2) Iraq's participation in other agricultural export development programs; and (3) investigations into program improprieties.GAO found that: (1) the Commodity Credit Corpora...
Report on the Commodity Credit Corporation's GSM-102/103 Export Credit Guarantee Programs and Iraq's Participation in the Programs
T-NSIAD-91-1: Published: Oct 16, 1990. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 1990.
GAO discussed the Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC) management and operations of its Export Credit Guarantee Program and Intermediate Export Credit Guarantee Program, focusing on Iraq's participation in the programs. GAO noted that: (1) the programs were U.S. government loan guarantee programs designed to increase exports of U.S. agricultural commodities and allow the exporter to obtain immedia...
Agricultural Trade: Government Support Calculations Under the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement
RCED-90-210: Published: Aug 8, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 1990.
GAO reviewed methods used to calculate levels of government support under the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement, focusing on the accuracy of the 1989 government support calculations for U.S. wheat.GAO found that: (1) to measure the level of government support, the agreement includes a formula that measures the amount of producer revenue derived from government policies; (2) the U.S. government supp...
Opportunities for Budget Savings in Domestic Agricultural Programs
T-RCED-90-93: Published: Jun 28, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 1990.
GAO discussed agricultural price and income support programs. GAO found that: (1) programs to support the dairy, wool and mohair, and honey sectors are not doing what they were originally designed to do; (2) modification or elimination of those programs could decrease federal spending by $1 billion annually; and (3) revising or eliminating the programs would foster a more market-driven agricultura...