Commodity marketing (41 - 50 of 53 items)
Controls Over Export Sales Reporting and Futures Trading Ensure Fairness, Integrity, and Pricing Efficiency in U.S. Grain Marketing
RCED-85-20: Published: Apr 9, 1985. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined certain controls designed to help ensure that grain trading is done fairly and that the financial and economic integrity of the marketplace is protected. GAO also investigated how efficiently information about grain export sales by U.S. exporters has transformed into changes in grain prices.GAO found that current controls established by the Departm...
Peruvian Rice Purchases Guaranteed by the Commodity Credit Corporation
NSIAD-84-116: Published: Jun 7, 1984. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 1984.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO investigated rice purchases made by Peru in September 1983 under a U.S. Government guaranteed export credit, focusing on: (1) whether Peru passed up lower responsive bids during the procurement of the rice; and (2) what is required of recipient countries and the Department of Agriculture under Export Credit Guarantee Program legislation and implementing reg...
Wheat Subsidy Preliminary Payments
B-176943: Published: Mar 28, 1974. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1983.
No summary is currently available...
An Economic Analysis of the Pricing Efficiency and Market Organization of the U.S. Grain Export System
CED-82-61S: Published: Jun 15, 1982. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 1982.
GAO provided a supplement to its report on: (1) the organization of the U.S. grain export system; (2) economic measures for perceived performance problems; (3) an empirical analysis using these measures; and (4) the implications of the empirical results for the organization of the U.S. grain export system.The analysis revealed a healthy rate of entry into the industry, the presence of central mark...
Market Structure and Pricing of U.S. Grain Export System
CED-82-61: Published: Jun 15, 1982. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 1982.
The four major objectives of this study were to: (1) describe and analyze the organization of the U.S. grain export system; (2) define some economic measures for perceived performance problems; (3) conduct an empirical analysis using these measures; and (4) evaluate the implications of the empirical results for the organization of the U.S. grain export system.The analysis revealed a healthy rate o...
U.S. Grain Transportation Network Needs System Perspective To Meet Future World Needs
CED-81-59: Published: Apr 8, 1981. Publicly Released: May 8, 1981.
GAO examined the grain transportation system. It identified actual and potential bottlenecks, explained their significance, and explored the status of activities addressing them. The grain transportation system in the United States is complex and interrelated and involves railroads, waterways, roads, and ports. Changes and events in one area affect all others, straining their ability to perform ef...
Family Farmers Need Cooperatives--But Some Issues Need To Be Resolved
CED-79-106: Published: Jul 26, 1979. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 1979.
Farmers still face some of the same problems they faced in the 1920's and 1930's when legislation first allowed them to form cooperatives to compete more effectively in the agricultural system. The overall trend in American agriculture has been one of increasing concentration marked by a decrease in the number of farms and an increase in average farm size, a greater share of total gross farm incom...
Agricultural Export Reporting Issues
105915: May 31, 1978
Since the establishment of a mandatory export reporting system in September 1973, all exporters of wheat and wheat flour, feed grains, oilseeds, cotton, and related commodities have provided the Department of Agriculture with weekly export sales data. Throughout its existence, the export reporting system has been plagued with problems which have resulted in questions concerning its accuracy, effec...
Grain Marketing Systems in Argentina, Australia, Canada, and the European Community; Soybean Marketing System in Brazil
ID-76-61: Published: May 28, 1976. Publicly Released: May 28, 1976.
Marketing systems and agricultural policies of major grain and soybean producing and exporting countries vary with the political orientation toward the agricultural sector. A market system cannot be effective in achieving its objectives, however, if it does not have the faith and confidence of the producer. In comparing the different systems, volume of production, variety of crops, geographical a...
Agriculture's Implementation of GAO's Wheat Export Subsidy Recommendations and Related Matters
ID-76-39: Published: Mar 3, 1976. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 1976.
GAO reviewed actions taken by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to implement the GAO 1973 recommendations concerning the former Wheat Export Subsidy Program and related matters. The program was suspended in 1972 because of changed market conditions and national agricultural policies, although USDA retains the authority to reinstitute the program. The GAO 1973 report recommended a systematic eva...