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Food Aid: Improving Economic and Market Development Impact in African Countries
NSIAD-88-55: Published: Dec 21, 1987. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the economic and market development impact of Public Law 83-480 food aid to four African countries.GAO found that: (1) U.S. agricultural and foreign policy interests, weak agreement provisions, and recipient governments' failure to fully implement some agreement provisions weakened developmental benefits; (2) long-term impact on the economy was...
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 and Loans: Consistency Needed in USDA Crop Yield Estimates
RCED-86-118: Published: May 29, 1986. Publicly Released: May 29, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the methods used by the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS), the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), and the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) to estimate crop yields. The review identified: (1) the impact of differences in estimated yields the agencies used; and (2) possible improvements to the yield estimation pr...
The Role of Marketing Orders in Establishing and Maintaining Orderly Marketing Conditions
RCED-85-57: Published: Jul 31, 1985. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 1985.
GAO reviewed 9 marketing orders covering 11 agricultural commodities to: (1) address controversies surrounding the marketing order program and the effect of each individual type of marketing order tool on commodity supplies; (2) determine emerging trends in the use of marketing orders; and (3) assess the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) administration of the marketing order program. Under th...
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...
Program Implications of Maintaining Appropriation Authorization Limitations for FY's 1980 and 1981 Now Imposed on the Food Stamp Program
A-51604: Published: Mar 28, 1979. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1985.
This decision discusses program implications maintaining the appropriation authorization limits for FY 1980 and 1981 imposed on the Food Stamp Program by the Food Stamp Act of 1977. GAO determined that the reduction of the value of allotments to be issued to eligible households is the only viable option available to the Secretary of Agriculture if the funds appropriated to carry out the Food Stamp...
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...
Small Percentage of Military Families Eligible for Food Stamps
FPCD-83-25: Published: Apr 19, 1983. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1983.
GAO determined whether the reportedly large percentage of military families eligible for food stamps actually met the benefits criteria, and it reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) program administrative practices.GAO found that only a small percentage of military families are eligible to receive food stamps and most of those families qualify only because their government-furnished hous...
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...