Farm income stabilization programs (11 - 20 of 40 items)
Wheat Support: The Impact of Target Prices Versus Export Subsidies
RCED-94-79: Published: Jun 7, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) how the Export Enhancement Program (EEP) has affected the income of wheat producers and grain exporters; (2) whether wheat producers' income would have increased if additional EEP funds had been used for direct income support payments; and (3) the benefits of higher target prices.GAO found that: (1) EEP has generally increased wheat exports by...
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...
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...
Wheat Commodity Program: Despite Reforms, Government's Involvement Remains Substantial
RCED-93-30: Published: Mar 18, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the effects of the 1985 and 1990 U.S. wheat program reforms, focusing on the: (1) reforms' effect on farmers' production decisions; (2) government's costs in managing wheat stocks; and (3) government's involvement in wheat-related supports.GAO found that: (1) the 1985 and 1990 wheat program reforms reoriented farmers' production decisions toward ma...
Food and Agriculture Issues
OCG-93-15TR: Published: Dec 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed major federal policy, management, and program issues facing Congress and the new administration in the areas of food and agriculture.GAO found that: (1) since 1988, fiscal pressures have enhanced the importance of reforming farm credit and risk protection, as well as coordinating federal programs for ensuring food safety and quality; (2) the Depar...
Farm Program Research
RCED-93-48R: Published: Oct 7, 1992. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) barriers to the use of alternative, less environmentally intrusive agricultural practices; and (2) farm commodity programs' impact on rural communities. GAO noted that: (1) the two paradigms within the agricultural sector are conventional and sustainable agricultural practices; (2) conventional agriculture utilizes specialized f...
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...
Cotton Program: The Marketing Loan Has Not Worked
RCED-90-170: Published: Jul 31, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 10, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) cotton marketing loan program and identified options for improving its effectiveness.GAO found that: (1) since 1985, the marketing loan program has not achieved its objective of keeping U.S. cotton prices competitive in world markets; (2) during the 14-month price divergence period, U.S. producers lacked incen...