Farm income stabilization programs (31 - 40 of 190 items)
Cotton Program: Costly and Complex Government Program Needs to Be Reassessed
RCED-95-107: Published: Jun 20, 1995. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) cotton program, focusing on the program's: (1) cost and complexity; (2) distribution of payments; (3) effects on producers' costs and returns; and (4) effectiveness in enhancing U.S. cotton exports.GAO found that: (1) over the past 60 years, the cotton program has evolved into a costly, complex maze of domesti...
Consolidated Farm Service Agency: Update on the Farm Loan Portfolio
RCED-95-223FS: Published: Jul 14, 1995. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's direct and guaranteed farm loan programs, focusing on: (1) the levels of outstanding debt on active loans and amounts owed by delinquent borrowers as of March 31, 1995; (2) losses on farm loans from fiscal year (FY) 1989 through March 31, 1995; and (3) new loans to borrowers who were delinquent or whos...
Food and Agriculture Issue Area: Active Assignments
AA-95-20(3): Published: Jul 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1995.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in the Food and Agriculture issue area as of July 6, 1995...
RCED-95-220R: Published: Jun 15, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on national farmland productivity, focusing on the yield per acre of corn, wheat, upland cotton, and soybeans. GAO noted that: (1) there are significant national variations at both the state and county levels in farmland productivity; (2) in any given year, short-term variances in weather or other factors can distort farmland productivi...
Options Pilot Program
RCED-95-199R: Published: Jun 14, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Options Pilot Program (OPP), focusing on: (1) the status of OPP implementation; and (2) views on OPP performance. GAO noted that: (1) USDA implemented OPP in 1993, subsidizing options purchases by 956 farmers in nine counties in three states; (2) USDA expanded OPP in 1994 to cover four more coun...
Sugar Program: Impact on Sweetener Users and Producers
T-RCED-95-204: Published: May 24, 1995. Publicly Released: May 24, 1995.
GAO discussed the impact of: (1) the U.S. sugar program on sweetener users and producers; and (2) domestic and international conditions on the sugar program's operations. GAO noted that: (1) the sugar program's price support loans and tariff-rate import quotas protect domestic producers from lower world prices, costing sweetener users about $1.4 billion annually; (2) sugar program benefits are con...
Milk Marketing Orders: Issues for Consideration in Reauthorizing the Farm Bill in 1995
T-RCED-95-203: Published: May 23, 1995. Publicly Released: May 23, 1995.
GAO discussed the Milk Marketing Order Program and the 1995 farm bill reauthorization. GAO noted that: (1) the market environment for milk has changed since the inception of the federal dairy pricing system and the premises for milk pricing under such a system are outdated; (2) milk marketing orders have led to excessive milk production and inequitable treatment of some milk producers, since produ...
Farm Loans: Actions Needed to Safeguard Taxpayers' Interests
T-RCED-95-147: Published: Mar 31, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the risks associated with the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) farm loan programs. GAO noted that: (1) FmHA farm loan programs have resulted in $12.5 billion in losses of taxpayer dollars; (2) about 98 percent of these losses have occurred in the direct loan program; (3) the FmHA loan portfolio totalled $18 billion as of September 1994; (4) 26...
Federal Dairy Programs: Information on Dairy Pricing and Related 1995 Farm Bill Issues
RCED-95-97BR: Published: Mar 27, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the dairy program, focusing on: (1) how the U.S. dairy pricing system operates; and (2) dairy issues that may need consideration during the 1995 farm bill reauthorization.GAO found that: (1) the U.S. dairy program sets minimum milk prices through milk marketing orders (MMO) and the price support program; (2) processors, not the feder...
Farm Programs: Distribution of USDA Income Support Payments
T-RCED-95-133: Published: Mar 16, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 1995.
GAO discussed the distribution of the Department of Agriculture's income support payments for crop year 1993, focusing on the: (1) value of these payments; and (2) extent to which these payments may be concentrated among relatively few farms. GAO noted that: (1) payments to individual farms ranged from less than $100 to almost $1.8 million; (2) approximately 75 percent of the 989,000 farms receive...