Agricultural commodities (31 - 40 of 110 items)
1990 Farm Bill: Opportunities for Change
RCED-90-142: Published: Apr 10, 1990. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 1990.
GAO addressed issues that Congress should consider during the debate over the 1990 farm bill.GAO addressed: (1) commodity price and income supports; (2) farm finance; (3) crop disaster assistance; (4) conservation and environmental programs; (5) international programs; (6) food stamps; and (7) U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) management. GAO noted that the 1990 farm bill should include major...
Status Report on GAO's Reviews on P.L. 480 Food Aid Programs
T-NSIAD-90-23: Published: Mar 21, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 1990.
GAO discussed U.S. food aid programs, focusing on: (1) the integration of agricultural export programs with food aid programs; (2) food aid program management; (3) the Agency for International Development's (AID) food aid management plan; (4) the role of U.S. private voluntary organizations (PVO) in U.S. food aid programs; and (5) the extent to which AID should maintain accountability over local c...
Food Aid: AID's Management of Two Emergency Food Shipments
NSIAD-90-8: Published: Oct 12, 1989. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on how the Agency for International Development (AID) handled the procurement of transportation services for emergency food shipments of rice to Mali and sorghum to Niger.GAO found that: (1) AID selected the lowest bid that was responsive to the delivery date requirement for transporting the Mali shipment; (2) the modifications that AID...
Financial Audit: Commodity Credit Corporation's Financial Statements for 1988 and 1987
AFMD-89-83: Published: Aug 4, 1989. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 1989.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC): (1) financial statements for the fiscal years ended September 30, 1988 and 1987; and (2) internal accounting controls and compliance with laws and regulations for the year ended September 30, 1988.GAO found that: (1) except for the effects of not establishing an allowance to reflect the amounts of estimat...
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...
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...
Farm Payments: Benefits and Costs of Trading in USDA Commodity Certificates
RCED-88-142BR: Published: Jun 2, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed reported abuses in the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Payment-in-Kind (PIK) Certificate Program to determine: (1) the volume of grain involved in long-distance transactions, in which commodity certificate holders exploited differing market values; (2) the monetary benefits gained from such transactions; (3) how the benefits were distributed;...