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Rangeland Management: BLM Efforts to Prevent Unauthorized Livestock Grazing Need Strengthening
RCED-91-17: Published: Dec 7, 1990. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) efforts to detect and deter unauthorized livestock grazing on public rangelands.GAO found that BLM: (1) did not know the full extent of grazing trespass on its allotments, although such violations occurred frequently; (2) identified staffing shortfalls as a major obstacle in conducting a more effective trespass...
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...
Wool and Mohair Program: Need for Program Still in Question
RCED-90-51: Published: Mar 6, 1990. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) wool and mohair program.GAO found that: (1) USDA made $665 million in wool payments from 1981 through 1988; (2) wool production declined from 110 million pounds in 1981 to 89 million pounds in 1988; (3) from 1977 through 1983, payments boosted wool production by 18 percent; (4) industry representatives have co...
Food Assistance: USDA's Implementation of Legislated Commodity Distribution Reforms
RCED-90-12: Published: Dec 5, 1989. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 1989.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) implementation of legislated commodity distribution reforms at the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), and Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS).GAO found that: (1) USDA had implemented 25 of 31 legislated reforms by May 1989; (2) USDA attributed delay...
Milk Pricing: New Method for Setting Farm Milk Prices Needs to Be Developed
RCED-90-8: Published: Nov 3, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 22, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined whether the Minnesota-Wisconsin (M-W) price series was a reliable and appropriate adjuster of milk prices and whether it needed to be improved.GAO found that: (1) the M-W price is becoming gradually less reliable as a measure of national supply and demand conditions for milk used for manufacturing, does not provide a valid pricing mechanism over...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Status of the Food and Agriculture Councils Needs to Be Elevated
RCED-90-29: Published: Nov 20, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 1989.
GAO described the Food and Agriculture Councils (FAC) and reviewed ways to revitalize FAC as a strategic management tool for the Department of Agriculture (USDA).GAO found that: (1) USDA established FAC in 1982 to facilitate the flow of USDA-wide initiatives to the state and local levels and to provide feedback on issues affecting farm communities; (2) because USDA transferred FAC out of the Offic...
Farm Programs: Conservation Reserve Program Could Be Less Costly and More Effective
RCED-90-13: Published: Nov 15, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).GAO noted that: (1) 6 percent of about 28 million CRP-enrolled acres were planted in trees, making CRP one of the largest public tree-planting programs, despite falling short of the USDA 12.5-percent goal; (2) USDA was not targeting the highest erodible land first, because i...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Interim Report on Ways to Enhance Management
RCED-90-19: Published: Oct 26, 1989. Publicly Released: Oct 26, 1989.
GAO assessed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) management and potential organizational improvements.GAO found that: (1) many major USDA agencies and programs are very mature and have developed traditions, views, and constituencies independent of USDA; (2) this organizational structure hampers USDA in its efforts to perform its mission, and strong ties between the agencies, Congress, and const...
Farmers Home Administration: Implementation Issues Concerning Four Sections of the Food Security Act
RCED-89-71: Published: Jun 19, 1989. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) lack of progress in applying the homestead protection, lease/buy-back, conservation easement, and softwood timber provisions of the Food Security Act of 1985.GAO found that: (1) because of inadequate FmHA records, it could not fully determine why some of the provisions were not more widely used and could not...
Internal Controls: Program to Address Problem Meat and Poultry Plants Needs Improvement
RCED-89-55: Published: Mar 31, 1989. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1989.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO assessed the Food Safety and Inspection Service's (FSIS) Intensified Regulatory Enforcement (IRE) Program at 10 meat and poultry plants.GAO found that: (1) although FSIS has instituted IRE at 42 plants nationwide since 1984, the program has only been partially successful; (2) 24 plants improved their operations and graduated from the program, 1 plant went...