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Government-Owned Surplus Dairy Products Held in Inventory
RCED-84-72: Published: Dec 20, 1983. Publicly Released: Dec 27, 1983.
In response to congressional requests, GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) dairy surplus inventory.GAO found that: (1) as of September 23, 1983, USDA had about 3 billion pounds of dairy commodities in storage valued at $3.7 billion; (2) there has been minimal commodity spoilage and loss to the government to date, but deterioration could occur in the future if dairy i...
Department of Agriculture's Payment-In-Kind Program
122983: Nov 3, 1983
In response to a congressional request, testimony was given concerning the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Payment-In-Kind (PIK) Program for 1983. Since 1980, record harvests and decreased domestic and foreign demand have resulted in low commodity prices, decreased farm incomes, and a large buildup of Government-held food stocks. USDA increased its farm program payments fourfold between 1980 an...
Tobacco Program's Production Rights and Effects on Competition
CED-82-70: Published: Apr 23, 1982. Publicly Released: May 5, 1982.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed certain aspects of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service's (ASCS) flue-cured and burley-cured tobacco programs to determine: (1) by occupation or source of income, the owners of tobacco allotments and quotas that are leased or rented; (2) the amounts and average costs of the leased or rented allotments and quotas; (3) the program'...
Analysis of Certain Aspects of the California-Arizona Navel Orange Marketing Order
CED-81-129: Published: Jul 2, 1981. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 1981.
GAO reviewed certain aspects of the California-Arizona navel orange marketing order and provided background information on marketing orders in general and more specifically on the navel orange marketing order.GAO found that: (1) the Navel Orange Administrative Committee's composition, which is established in Federal regulations, only assures adequate consideration of navel orange industry interest...
Summary of GAO Reports Issued Since 1977 Pertaining to Farm Bill Legislation
CED-81-43: Published: Jan 21, 1981. Publicly Released: Jan 21, 1981.
A compilation is presented of reports issued since 1977 on topics which are addressed by the Food and Agriculture Act of 1977 and related subjects. The summary was prepared to assist the members of the agriculture committees in their deliberations on renewal, modification, and extension of the Farm Bill...
An Assessment of Parity as a Tool for Formulating and Evaluating Agricultural Policy
CED-81-11: Published: Oct 10, 1980. Publicly Released: Oct 10, 1980.
The essence of U.S. farm policy has been to provide a certain level of economic security to the farm sector through various government programs. Until 1973, these programs were linked to parity, a measure of the purchasing power of farm commodities today in relation to their purchasing power during the base period of 1910 to 1914. Although most programs are now linked to costs of production, polic...