Farm subsidies (31 - 40 of 48 items)
Farm Programs: Analysis of Options for Targeting Payments and Crop Loans
RCED-87-144: Published: Sep 10, 1987. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the various options for targeting farm price and income stabilization programs, including: (1) redistributing payments from financially sound to financially stressed farmers; (2) lowering the statutory payment limit; and (3) limiting crop loans.GAO found that: (1) based on two different models, the first option would decrease farm payments from...
Farm Reorganizations and Their Impact on USDA Payments
T-RCED-87-40: Published: Jul 21, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 1987.
GAO discussed the scope and cost of farm reorganizations and problems with the $50,000-per-person payment limitation. GAO found that: (1) between 1984 and 1986, there was an increasing trend in reorganizations that may have been related to the payment limit; (2) reorganizations added almost 9,000 new persons to Department of Agriculture (USDA) payment rolls, at a cost of $2.3 billion; (3) as more...
Farm Payments: Basic Changes Needed To Avoid Abuse of the $50,000 Payment Limit
RCED-87-176: Published: Jul 20, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1987.
GAO reviewed the: (1) Department of Agriculture's (USDA) administration of the $50,000 limit on direct agricultural support payments; and (2) impact on farm programs of individuals who reorganize their farming operations to qualify for additional payments.GAO found that: (1) if the current trend in reorganizations continues through 1989, 31,300 additional persons could receive payments, which woul...
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...
Agricultural Competitiveness: An Overview of the Challenge To Enhance Exports
RCED-87-100: Published: May 7, 1987. Publicly Released: May 7, 1987.
GAO reviewed issues affecting U.S. agricultural exports, focusing on: (1) the growth and decline in U.S. agricultural exports; (2) factors affecting the competitiveness of international trade; and (3) the consequences of a declining world market.GAO found that: (1) in fiscal year 1982, U.S. agricultural exports began a downward trend that resulted from changing global macroeconomic conditions, dom...
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...
Farm Programs: Payments and Loans to Foreign Owners of U.S. Cropland
RCED-87-81BR: Published: Mar 19, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 3, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the extent of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) farm program payments and loans to foreign individuals and entities that owned U.S. cropland.GAO found that: (1) USDA estimated that farm program costs would reach $72 billion for a 3-year period ending in 1988, with a large part of the funds going to producers for taking cropland out of produ...
Farm Reorganizations and Payments to Foreign Owners of U.S. Cropland
T-RCED-87-11: Published: Apr 1, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 1987.
GAO discussed the impact of farm reorganizations on Department of Agriculture (USDA) farm payments and the $50,000-per-person payment limitation. GAO found that: (1) there was an increasing trend in reorganizations from 1984 through 1986, which resulted in an additional $328 million in program costs and added almost 9,000 new persons to USDA payment rolls; (2) the dramatic increase in the number o...
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 Payments: Cost and Other Information on USDA's Commodity Certificates
RCED-87-117BR: Published: Mar 26, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's use of commodity certificates and the costs of issuing the certificates in lieu of cash payments.GAO found that: (1) the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) issued about $5.5 billion in commodity certificates to farm program participants in lieu of cash payments; (2) as of January 1987, participants had exchanged $3 b...