Agricultural programs (31 - 40 of 48 items)
Examples of USDA's Application of the $50,000 Payment Limitation
RCED-86-29FS: Published: Oct 18, 1985. Publicly Released: Oct 22, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed how the Department of Agriculture applied the $50,000 payment limitation to potential problem farmers, specifically where: (1) farmers were receiving more than $50,000 in total payments; (2) individuals or other entities were receiving payments, but were not actually farming the land; and (3) more than one individual or other entity was receiving p...
Effects and Administration of the 1984 Milk Diversion Program
RCED-85-126: Published: Jul 29, 1985. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 1985.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) temporary milk diversion program to: (1) determine how milk producers decided whether to participate; (2) estimate the program's effect on milk production and government dairy purchases; and (3) evaluate USDA effectiveness in administration of the program.GAO found that: (1) the program tended to attract producers that decreased production after...
RCED-85-82: Published: Apr 1, 1985. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 1985.
This bibliography includes information on documents directly or indirectly related to food, agriculture, and/or nutrition that have been released by GAO between January 1981 and December 1984. The documents included are representative of the broad interrelationship which exists between the food area and other issue areas of concern to GAO such as health, transportation, energy, defense, and intern...
Department of Agriculture and Producer Costs To Operate the Tobacco Program
RCED-85-30: Published: Feb 8, 1985. Publicly Released: Feb 8, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) whether the tobacco program operated at no net cost to the government; (2) whether assessments against tobacco producers were sufficient to meet possible losses in stored tobacco purchased with Department of Agriculture (USDA) loans; (3) the extent to which active tobacco farmers have purchased allotments or quotas and whether l...
Department of Agriculture's Acquisition and Distribution of Commodities for Its 1983 Payment-in-Kind Program
RCED-84-137: Published: Sep 25, 1984. Publicly Released: Nov 27, 1984.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Payment-in-Kind (PIK) program, which compensates farmers who withhold production of any of five types of commodities with certain amounts of the crops they would otherwise have harvested.GAO found that, in 1983, producers idled about 48 million of the 212 million acres USDA had expected to be planted in the fi...
Evaluations of WIC's Effectiveness
123639: Mar 15, 1984
GAO discussed evaluations of the effectiveness of the Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), focusing on the effects of the program on miscarriages, still-births, neonatal deaths, maternal nutrition, and high-risk mothers. GAO noted that there is insufficient evaluation information to make any general or conclusive judgments as to whether the WIC program is effective or...
Federal Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition Programs in the New England Region
RCED-83-36: Published: Dec 2, 1982. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 1982.
In response to a congressional request, GAO conducted a study to identify program efforts and funding levels of Federal food, agriculture, and nutrition programs in New England, analyzed program changes from fiscal years 1981 to 1982, and analyzed the impact of changes on the New England food system.The Federal food, agriculture, and nutrition programs available to New England during fiscal years...
USDA Needs Objective Criteria for Awarding Special Disaster Payments
RCED-83-54: Published: Nov 2, 1982. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1982.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) decision to award special disaster payments estimated between $200 million and $250 million in 83 counties in the Southwest. The review focused on: (1) USDA criteria for designating counties to receive disaster payments, and (2) the equity of the USDA decision concerning counties other than those designated...
Congressional Decision Needed on Necessity of Federal Wool Program
CED-82-86: Published: Aug 2, 1982. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 1982.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's wool incentive payment program to determine whether it is accomplishing its objectives and whether these objectives are still valid.The federal wool incentive program has had little effect on encouraging wool production and improving wool quality because decisions to raise sheep are based primarily on the profitability of the lamb market. Since most pro...
Nutrition Research Peer Review at the National Institutes of Health
HRD-81-95: Published: Jun 1, 1981. Publicly Released: Jul 2, 1981.
A study was conducted to determine whether the peer review system at the National Institutes of Health (NIH): (1) provided adequate peer review of applied research proposals and research proposals using innovative approaches; (2) used qualified individuals to review nutrition-related proposals; (3) funded nutrition-related grant proposals less frequently than other grant proposals; (4) funded rese...