Grain and grain products (41 - 50 of 67 items)
Farm Payments: Implications of Targeting Farm Income Supports
RCED-87-99: Published: Jun 10, 1987. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO analyzed possible ways to target a greater share of direct income-support payments to farmers in the greatest financial need, focusing on the potential effects of general targeting options with identified agricultural policy objectives.GAO found that the option of reducing the current annual payment limit: (1) could potentially reduce income support to h...
Farm Payments: Farm Reorganizations and Their Impact on USDA Program Costs
RCED-87-120BR: Published: Apr 1, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on farm reorganizations related to the $50,000 statutory limitation on direct payments under the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) crop subsidy and acreage reduction programs.GAO found that: (1) the number of producers that USDA paid under its crop programs increased by 49 percent from 1984 to 1986; (2) USDA estimated that total paymen...
Costs and Other Information on USDA's Commodity Certificates
T-RCED-87-10: Published: Mar 26, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 1987.
GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC) use of commodity certificates in lieu of cash payments under commodity price-support loan programs and the cost of issuing certificates instead of cash. Farmers who receive certificates may exchange them for their crops or cash, or sell them to other farmers, grain companies, or any other interested buyers. The cost...
Farm Finance: Financial Condition of American Agriculture as of December 31, 1985
RCED-86-191BR: Published: Sep 3, 1986. Publicly Released: Sep 3, 1986.
GAO presented information on the financial condition of American agriculture as of December 31, 1985.After analyzing the economic environment, farmers' financial positions, and the performance of the financial institutions serving agriculture in 1985, GAO concluded that adverse economic and financial conditions facing agriculture continued in 1985. GAO found that: (1) the rate of production increa...
Farm Programs: An Analysis of Two Production Control Options
RCED-86-137: Published: Aug 11, 1986. Publicly Released: Aug 11, 1986.
Because the problem of large crop surpluses and depressed commodity prices continues to be part of the U.S. farm agenda, GAO completed a comparative analysis of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Payment-in-Kind program (PIK) and an alternative program design for use in future farm policy and program decisions, using a private contractor's state-of-the-art policy simulation model.GAO noted tha...
Farmers Home Administration: Financial and General Characteristics of Farmer Loan Program Borrowers
RCED-86-62BR: Published: Jan 2, 1986. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the current financial condition of Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) borrowers and the farm loan portfolio, as shown by the Farmer Program Management Information System.GAO found that: (1) the average borrower had a debt-to-asset ratio of 83 percent; (2) 20 percent of the borrowers were technically insolvent and an additional 31...
The Department of Agriculture's 1983 Payment-in-Kind Program--A Review of Its Costs, Benefits, and Key Program Provisions
RCED-85-60: Published: Aug 29, 1985. Publicly Released: Sep 4, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Payment-in-Kind (PIK) program, focusing on the costs, benefits, and key provisions of the program. The program, aimed at reducing production, paid farmers not to grow certain crops such as corn, grain sorghum, wheat, rice, and cotton, and paid the farmers a prescribed percentage of crops they would have gro...
Information on the Department of Agriculture's Commodity Exchange Contracts for the 1983 Payment-In-Kind Program
RCED-85-62: Published: Mar 11, 1985. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) actions in providing commodities to producers participating in the 1983 Payment-in-Kind (PIK) Program by exchanges of commodities between the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and the grain industry.GAO found that the PIK Program limited the production of five commodities by reducing the number of acres pl...
Evaluation of the Quality of Corn Stored by USDA at a Plainview, TX, Grain Warehouse
RCED-84-175: Published: Aug 17, 1984. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 1984.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO investigated reports that significant quantities of corn owned by the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and stored in commercial warehouses in Texas had seriously deteriorated.The GAO review focused on one particular warehouse in Texas where about 22 million bushels of CCC-owned corn have been stored since 1980. Analyses performed in November 1983 and in F...
Department of Agriculture Is Using Improved Payment Procedures for Its 1984 Farm Programs
RCED-84-159: Published: Aug 6, 1984. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 1984.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined whether: (1) Department of Agriculture (USDA) procedures for 1983 farm programs allow a farmer to receive payments based on the average yields of land rather than on the yield of the land actually set aside; (2) individual farmers received payments beyond the production capability of the land actually set aside; and (3) there are any cost-effect...