Grain and grain products (91 - 100 of 250 items)
Crop Production: Outlook for Post-Drought Recovery During 1989
RCED-89-161BR: Published: Jun 6, 1989. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO obtained information on the: (1) probability of normal wheat, corn, and soybean crops in 1989 following the 1989 drought; and (2) potential effects of a 15-percent decrease in corn and wheat production in 1989.GAO found that: (1) during the summer of 1988, about 43 percent of the contiguous United States was affected by extreme drought; (2) in May 1989, the...
International Trade: Long-Term Bilateral Grain Agreements and Grain Countertrade
NSIAD-89-91: Published: Apr 14, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed long-term bilateral grain agreements (LBGA) and countertrade, focusing on: (1) foreign countries' use of LBGA and countertrade; (2) motivating factors for foreign countries to engage in such trade practices; and (3) the prospects for U.S. use of LBGA and countertrade to enhance grain exports.GAO interviewed private organizations and foreign gove...
Agricultural Trade: Long-Term Bilateral Grain Agreements With the Soviet Union and China
NSIAD-89-63: Published: Mar 22, 1989. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed long-term bilateral grain agreements with the Soviet Union and China.GAO found that: (1) the agreements with the Soviet Union and China have created some stability in the U.S. and international grain markets, but China has significantly increased its grain production in an era of worldwide grain oversupply; (2) China favors purchasing grain outs...
Farm Payments: Evaluation of Changes in County Loan Rates
RCED-89-47BR: Published: Feb 15, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 17, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined selected aspects of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) county loan program, specifically to determine: (1) why USDA changed its loan rate calculation procedures for the individual counties; and (2) whether the changes resulted in reasonable and justifiable loan rates.GAO found that USDA revised its county loan rate procedures to: (1) update...
World Agriculture: Factors Influencing Trends in World Agricultural Production and Trade
RCED-89-1: Published: Jan 19, 1989. Publicly Released: Jan 19, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on issues affecting global agricultural production and trade, and the resulting impact on U.S. agricultural exports.GAO found that: (1) a sharp rise in global food imports and U.S. agricultural exports resulted from past economic growth and international lending; (2) poor economic growth and heavy debt burdens for developing countrie...
Transition Series: Agriculture Issues
OCG-89-12TR: Published: Nov 1, 1988. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 1988.
GAO presented its views on Department of Agriculture (USDA) program issues facing the new administration.GAO found that the new administration will need to: (1) prevent the accumulation of unneeded grain surpluses and minimize costly grain stock acquisition, storage, and disposal; (2) create alternative production controls that retain USDA influence over crop production but allow farmers more flex...
Food Prices: Changes Occurring in the Prices of Selected Food Products
RCED-89-46FS: Published: Oct 31, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the effect of the 1988 drought on changes in food prices at the farm, processor, and retail levels for eight selected food products.GAO found that: (1) between June 1 and August 31, 1988, food prices generally increased more at the farm, processor, and retail levels than they did in the same period in 1987; (2) prices for the sele...
Farm Finance: Financial Condition of American Agriculture as of December 31, 1987
RCED-89-33BR: Published: Oct 18, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 18, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the financial condition of American agriculture as of December 31, 1987.GAO found improvements in the farm sector, including: (1) increases in agricultural products' values, volumes, and exports; (2) increases in the value of total farm assets and gross farm income, as well as more favorable income and debt levels; and (3) less total...
Price Changes in Selected Agricultural Commodities and Foods
T-RCED-89-1: Published: Oct 5, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 5, 1988.
GAO reviewed price changes in selected agricultural commodities and foods during 1988. GAO found that: (1) between June 1 and August 31, 1988, food prices generally increased more at the farm, processor, and retail levels than they did during the same period in 1987; (2) prices of many of the monitored food items began to increase prior to the drought, with the January to August 1988 increase bein...
Opportunities to Improve U.S. Food/Agricultural Exports Through Improved Marketing Techniques
T-RCED-88-56: Published: Jun 28, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 1988.
GAO reviewed public and private marketing mechanisms to enhance opportunities for the United States to improve its food and agricultural sales in foreign markets. GAO found that U.S. exporters needed to: (1) develop effective, long-term marketing strategies; (2) design positive product images; (3) improve distribution systems; (4) develop competitive pricing and credit policies; and (5) conduct pr...