Farm subsidies (21 - 30 of 64 items)
Commodity Programs: Should Farmers Grow Income-Supported Crops on Federal Land?
RCED-92-54: Published: Jan 15, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 21, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) income support program, focusing on: (1) the basis for the government's policy of allowing lessees to participate in the income support program; and (2) estimates of payments USDA made to lessees during crop years 1988 and 1989.GAO found that: (1) the government allows federal lessees to grow crops eligible fo...
Agriculture Payments: Effectiveness of Efforts to Reduce Farm Payments Has Been Limited
RCED-92-2: Published: Dec 5, 1991. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether: (1) amendments to the Food Security Act of 1985 effectively prevented producers from avoiding the $50,000 payment limit and reduced program payments; and (2) the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) computer systems effectively monitor and enforce payment limit requirements.GAO found that the Food Security Act of 1985 limited deficiency paym...
Federal Dairy Programs: Dairy Inventory Management Alternatives
T-RCED-91-70: Published: Jun 18, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 1991.
GAO discussed alternatives studied by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to address dairy inventory management problems. GAO noted that: (1) the level of deficiency payments in the target price/deficiency payment program to raise farmer incomes while allowing farm prices to be competitive would depend on the established target price, market demand for dairy products, and the level of producer pa...
Farmers Home Administration: Changes Needed in Loan Servicing Under the Agricultural Credit Act
RCED-90-169: Published: Aug 2, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) implementation of the debt servicing requirements under the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987.GAO found that: (1) in January 1988, FmHA estimated that delinquent borrowers were past due on about $9.6 billion in principal and interest payments; (2) FmHA borrowers who acted in bad faith were not eligible for the...
Farmers Home Administration: Farm Program Debt, Delinquencies, and Loan Losses as of June 30, 1989
RCED-90-158BR: Published: Jun 26, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) farm loan program debt, delinquencies, and loan losses.GAO found that: (1) the FmHA major farm program direct loan portfolio included over $28 billion in outstanding principal and unpaid interest and consisted of 624,173 loans held by 350,867 borrowers; (2) past-due payments on FmHA major farm...
Farming and Farm Programs: Impact on the Rural Economy and on Farmers
RCED-90-108BR: Published: Apr 24, 1990. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the: (1) importance of farm sector employment to the rural economy; and (2) distribution of farm program payments.GAO found that: (1) nonfarm industries employed 9 out of 10 rural farm workers; (2) over half of U.S. farm families had one or more family members working at nonfarm jobs; and (3) one-half of the average total farm income was earned fro...
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...
Federal Dairy Programs: Information on Inventory Management Activities
RCED-90-119FS: Published: Mar 2, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA): (1) purchase and sale of dairy products under its dairy price support program; and (2) storage and transportation costs for dairy products.GAO found that: (1) USDA dairy product purchases declined from 1.55 billion pounds in 1985 to 477 million pounds in 1989; (2) about 53 percent of total purchases were from...
Issues Surrounding the Role and Mission of the Farmers Home Administration's Farm Loan Programs
T-RCED-90-22: Published: Jan 25, 1990. Publicly Released: Jan 25, 1990.
GAO discussed its examination of the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) farm loan programs. GAO noted that: (1) delinquent borrowers held about half of the $23 billion in outstanding direct loan principal in the FmHA farm loan portfolio; (2) the FmHA farm loan programs had several material internal accounting control weaknesses involving inaccurate and incomplete property tracking information an...
Farm Finance: Financial Condition of American Agriculture as of December 31, 1988
RCED-90-49BR: Published: Nov 15, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the financial condition of American agriculture as of December 31, 1988.GAO found that: (1) the economic environment surrounding the farm sector continued to improve in 1988, although total production was lower compared to 1987; (2) year-end stocks for three key farm commodities decreased by more than 17 percent, while prices increas...