Economic development (91 - 100 of 203 items)
Seafood Marketing: Opportunities To Improve the U.S. Position
RCED-87-11BR: Published: Oct 22, 1986. Publicly Released: Oct 22, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) how the U.S. seafood industry markets its products; (2) the federal role in assisting the U.S. seafood industry's efforts to become more competitive in domestic and foreign markets; and (3) options and issues for improving U.S. seafood competitiveness.GAO found that: (1) the U.S. seafood industry is more concerned with productio...
Farmers Home Administration: Federally Acquired Farm Property Presents a Management Challenge
RCED-86-88: Published: Jun 13, 1986. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the increase in the number of farms that the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) acquired as a result of loan foreclosures and other actions, specifically: (1) why the increase occurred; (2) the financial impact on the government; and (3) how well FmHA is managing the properties.GAO found that: (1) the increase in the number of farms that failed...
Farm Payments and Loans: Consistency Needed in USDA Crop Yield Estimates
RCED-86-118: Published: May 29, 1986. Publicly Released: May 29, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the methods used by the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS), the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), and the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) to estimate crop yields. The review identified: (1) the impact of differences in estimated yields the agencies used; and (2) possible improvements to the yield estimation pr...
Farm Finance: Farm Debt, Government Payments, and Options To Relieve Financial Stress
RCED-86-126BR: Published: Mar 18, 1986. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the nature of current farm debt; (2) the distribution of federal farm program direct payments to financially stressed farms; and (3) alternatives for reducing excessive farm debt.GAO found that: (1) outstanding farm debt currently totals more than $200 billion, divided about equally between real estate loans and other loans; (2)...
Cross Compliance: USDA Could Reduce Crop Production by Requiring Cross Compliance
RCED-86-64BR: Published: Dec 11, 1985. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided a summary of its analysis of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) current production control programs and the use of a cross-compliance requirement to increase program effectiveness.GAO found that: (1) production control programs that USDA has used since 1982 permit farmers who enroll one or more crops to offset part or all of their decreased...
Agriculture Overview: U.S. Food/Agriculture in a Volatile World Economy
RCED-86-3BR: Published: Nov 6, 1985. Publicly Released: Nov 6, 1985.
GAO reported on issues relevant to the development of U.S. food and agriculture policies, including: (1) the current state of the U.S. agricultural industry; (2) current trends in agriculture; and (3) potential future concerns.GAO found that the agricultural sector: (1) accounts for 20 percent of the nation's gross national product and work force and helps to offset a growing U.S. trade deficit; (...
Examples of USDA's Application of the $50,000 Payment Limitation
RCED-86-29FS: Published: Oct 18, 1985. Publicly Released: Oct 22, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed how the Department of Agriculture applied the $50,000 payment limitation to potential problem farmers, specifically where: (1) farmers were receiving more than $50,000 in total payments; (2) individuals or other entities were receiving payments, but were not actually farming the land; and (3) more than one individual or other entity was receiving p...
Need To Foster Optimal Use of Resources in the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
RCED-85-105: Published: Sep 27, 1985. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1985.
GAO reviewed the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), which the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) operates. GAO attempted to determine how to obtain the maximum benefit from the use of WIC resources, focusing on: (1) the extent to which state and local WIC agencies attempt to target WIC benefits on the basis of need; (2) FNS pr...
Losses in the Department of Agriculture's Tobacco Program
RCED-85-167: Published: Sep 18, 1985. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided pricing and cost information on flue-cured tobacco under the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) tobacco program. Specifically, GAO estimated: (1) the losses that USDA could incur on 1976 through 1981 tobacco crops; (2) the total inventory price reduction resulting from USDA-approved discount sale terms; (3) the total price reduction on actual tobac...
The Role of Marketing Orders in Establishing and Maintaining Orderly Marketing Conditions
RCED-85-57: Published: Jul 31, 1985. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 1985.
GAO reviewed 9 marketing orders covering 11 agricultural commodities to: (1) address controversies surrounding the marketing order program and the effect of each individual type of marketing order tool on commodity supplies; (2) determine emerging trends in the use of marketing orders; and (3) assess the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) administration of the marketing order program. Under th...