Economic development (81 - 90 of 203 items)
Imported Meat and Livestock: Chemical Residue Detection and the Issue of Labeling
RCED-87-142: Published: Sep 30, 1987. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1987.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) effectiveness in detecting prohibited chemical residues and foreign matter in imported meat items and live animals.GAO found that: (1) although the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) developed an annual plan in 1986 which included 406 chemicals for consideration and 100 for testing, it lacked detailed, current information on the chemicals...
Farm Payments: USDA's Proposed Changes to the $50,000 Payment Limit Could Be Improved
RCED-87-190: Published: Sep 11, 1987. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) report to Congress on the $50,000-per-person payment limitation on farm program direct payments.GAO found that: (1) USDA proposed to limit total payments to any individual to $50,000 regardless of whether the individual owned or shared ownership of a farm; (2) the proposal would not achieve the desired effe...
Farm Programs: 1985 Payments and Crop Loans by State
RCED-87-155FS: Published: Jul 22, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on farm price and income support payments and crop loans in 1985.GAO detailed the distribution of: (1) payments and crop loans, by region and state; (2) payments, by crop and size of payment; and (3) crop loans, by crop and size of loan. GAO found that: (1) nationally, 980,000 producers received almost $6.3 billion in payments; (2) a...
Farm Reorganizations and Their Impact on USDA Payments
T-RCED-87-40: Published: Jul 21, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 1987.
GAO discussed the scope and cost of farm reorganizations and problems with the $50,000-per-person payment limitation. GAO found that: (1) between 1984 and 1986, there was an increasing trend in reorganizations that may have been related to the payment limit; (2) reorganizations added almost 9,000 new persons to Department of Agriculture (USDA) payment rolls, at a cost of $2.3 billion; (3) as more...
Farm Payments: Basic Changes Needed To Avoid Abuse of the $50,000 Payment Limit
RCED-87-176: Published: Jul 20, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1987.
GAO reviewed the: (1) Department of Agriculture's (USDA) administration of the $50,000 limit on direct agricultural support payments; and (2) impact on farm programs of individuals who reorganize their farming operations to qualify for additional payments.GAO found that: (1) if the current trend in reorganizations continues through 1989, 31,300 additional persons could receive payments, which woul...
Food Stamp Program: Trends in Program Applications, Participation, and Denials
RCED-87-80BR: Published: Apr 2, 1987. Publicly Released: May 11, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reported on trends in the: (1) number of households applying for food stamp benefits; (2) number of applications approved and denied; (3) number of households participating in the Food Stamp Program; and (4) percentage of households experiencing improper denial or termination of food stamp benefits.GAO found that, from fiscal years (FY) 1983 through 1985...
Farm Reorganizations and Their Impact on USDA Payments
T-RCED-87-19: Published: Apr 22, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 1987.
GAO discussed its ongoing review of farm reorganizations related to the statutory payment limitation and their impact on Department of Agriculture (USDA) farm payments. GAO found that: (1) from 1984 through 1986, farm reorganizations increased as persons neared or met the payment limit; (2) the addition of new persons eligible to receive payments under the program increased its cost; (3) the conti...
Grain Shipments: Agriculture Can Reduce Costs by Increased Use of Negotiated Rail Rates
RCED-87-42: Published: Jan 21, 1987. Publicly Released: Jan 27, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the methods that the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) used to ship government grain by rail, focusing on: (1) the extent to which USDA negotiated rate and service concessions with railroads, in comparison with private grain shippers and other government agencies; (2) savings that resul...
Commodity Futures Trading: Preliminary Information on the Viability of the Cattle Futures Markets
RCED-87-83: Published: Jan 16, 1987. Publicly Released: Jan 16, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided preliminary information on its study of the cattle futures markets.GAO found that: (1) the cattle industry has suffered serious financial stress in recent years because of high interest rates, low cattle prices, and declining land values; (2) although the price of cattle today is twice what it was 20 to 30 years ago, the decline in the dollar's...
Food Stamp Program: Restoration of Improperly Denied or Terminated Benefits
RCED-87-51: Published: Oct 30, 1986. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined: (1) how federal and state administrative practices affect the participation of persons eligible for Food Stamp Program benefits; and (2) a problem in Illinois' procedures relating to the restoration of food stamp benefits to persons whose benefits were improperly denied or terminated.GAO found that, although states are responsible for local adm...