Agricultural programs (11 - 20 of 72 items)
Farm Bill Issues
RCED-95-93R: Published: Feb 21, 1995. Publicly Released: Feb 21, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO summarized the major issues that the food and agriculture sector would like to see incorporated into the 1995 farm bill. GAO noted that: (1) the proposed changes to the farm bill involved environment and conservation, commodity programs, agricultural trade, and research and education; (2) many survey respondents believed that the Conservation Reserve Progra...
RCED-95-87R: Published: Feb 3, 1995. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the proportion of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) payments made to farm tenants versus landlords. GAO noted that: (1) the Department of Agriculture (USDA) categorized 46 percent of CRP contract holders as owners/operators during fiscal years 1990 through 1994; (2) these contract holders received 53 percent of the $8 billion in CRP payments over...
Fluid Milk Check-Off Program
RCED-95-60R: Published: Dec 16, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 1994.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Fluid Milk Processor Education and Promotion Program, focusing on: (1) the program's impact on fluid milk sales; (2) recommendations for the program's future funding and assessment levels; (3) planned program activities and use of program funds; (4) national and state programs to promote fluid milk consumption; and (5) whether milk processors...
RCED-94-208R: Published: May 12, 1994. Publicly Released: May 12, 1994.
GAO provided information on the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service's (ASCS) disaster assistance payments for crop years 1988 through 1993. GAO noted that: (1) between 1988 and 1993, ASCS allocated $9 billion in disaster assistance payments for 1,265 crops; (2) of the $9 billion in ASCS disaster assistance payments, income and price support payments totalled nearly $5 billion for 1...
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)...
RCED-93-227R: Published: Sep 1, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 1, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed payment limitations governing the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) honey price support program, focusing on: (1) the statutory provisions that apply to payment limitations for the honey program as compared with those of other farm commodity programs; (2) payments received by honey producers and associated loan forfeitures for 1991 and 1992; (3) t...
Communications Within FmHA
RCED-93-120R: Published: Mar 24, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed communications between the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) national office and FmHA field offices. GAO noted that: (1) FmHA uses data from operating reports to produce budget and cost projections, but the data collected are not accurate; (2) 30 percent of FmHA county offices had inaccurate operating reports; (3) 27 of 46 FmHA state offices bel...
Peanut Program: Changes Are Needed to Make the Program Responsive to Market Forces
T-RCED-93-18: Published: Mar 10, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1993.
GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) peanut program. GAO noted that: (1) peanut farming has become increasingly concentrated as smaller farms have been consolidated to form larger-scale operations; (2) technological advances and other improvements have led to yields nearly five times greater than the yields produced in 1934; (3) in 1991, fewer than 22 percent of the peanut producer...
Soil Conservation Service Reorganization
RCED-92-254R: Published: Aug 7, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 7, 1992.
GAO reviewed the effects of the consolidation of field offices within the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) to determine: (1) how the benefits of the SCS technical assistance and other services should be evaluated; and (2) what work-load indicators should be considered in developing plans to consolidate SCS field offices. GAO found that: (1) if the Department of Agriculture (USDA) used appropriate c...
Agriculture Payments: Number of Individuals Receiving 1990 Deficiency Payments and the Amounts
RCED-92-163FS: Published: Apr 27, 1992. Publicly Released: May 7, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed information for crop year 1990, focusing on the: (1) number of individuals that received income support payments in their own name through entities, general partnerships, and joint ventures, for participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) farm programs; and (2) amount of those payments.GAO found that: (1) USDA made payments to prod...