Forestry (41 - 50 of 52 items)
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...
Agency Responsibilities To Keep Informed of Personnel Needs in the Food and Agricultural Sciences
CED-82-25: Published: Dec 28, 1981. Publicly Released: Dec 28, 1981.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) activities in carrying out the agency's responsibility to keep abreast of personnel needs in the food and agricultural sciences. The objective of the review was to assess how well USDA fulfilled its duties as defined in the Food and Agriculture Act of 1977.GAO found that the USDA Office of Higher Education worked with university representatives t...
Compliance With Limitations on Payments to Farmers
CED-79-31: Published: Jan 4, 1979. Publicly Released: Jan 4, 1979.
The administration of the payment limitation program by the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) in Oklahoma was reviewed. For wheat, feed grain, rice, and upland cotton programs in 1980 and 1981, total direct payments are not to exceed $50,000.At the three county ASCS offices in Oklahoma that were reviewed, it was found that steps are needed to strengthen county office admi...
Regulation of Retailers Authorized To Accept Food Stamps Should Be Strengthened
CED-78-183: Published: Dec 28, 1978. Publicly Released: Dec 28, 1978.
The Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) authorizes and regulates retailers who participate in its food stamp program. Approximately 270,000 retailers are authorized to accept food stamps. In fiscal 1977, $8 billion worth of stamps were redeemed by 17 million participants.Criteria for authorization of retailers are unclear, and authorize such firms as pastry shops, gas sta...
Proposed Changes in Meat and Poultry Net Weight Labeling Regulations Based on Insufficient Data
CED-79-28: Published: Dec 20, 1978. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 1978.
The revised regulations proposed by the Department of Agriculture for assuring net weight compliance with federal weight labeling laws for meat and poultry products are reviewed.Choosing a net weight regulatory system for meat and poultry products will be economically significant. The proposed regulations, which have been sharply debated, would exclude the estimated weight of moisture loss and the...
Recommended Dietary Allowances: More Research and Better Food Guides Needed
CED-78-169: Published: Nov 30, 1978. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 1978.
Recommended dietary allowances in planning diets, evaluating nutritional contents of food, establishing guidelines for food labeling, and developing new food products can be used properly only when their meanings are understood.Recommended dietary allowances are considered to be too complex for use by the consumer and are intended to be used by the professional nutritionist or dietitian. Although...
Department of Agriculture's Beef Grading: Accuracy and Uniformity Need To Be Improved
CED-78-141: Published: Jul 21, 1978. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 1978.
Beef grading provides a basis for price quotations among feeders, packers, suppliers, retailers, and others along the marketing chain and a system for consumers to show their preferences.In 29 slaughter plants visited by GAO, 21 percent of 2,215 carcasses were misgraded, and most errors involved overgrading. Beef grading was not consistent from one section of the country to another. More accurate...
Food Stamp Work Requirements: Ineffective Paperwork or Effective Tool?
CED-78-60: Published: Apr 24, 1978. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 1978.
Since 1971, able-bodied adults who receive food stamps and are not exempted by law have been required to register for and accept employment. These requirements were intended to affect the program in two ways: by finding recipients jobs so that they would no longer need assistance and by denying stamps to those who are able but unwilling to work.The food stamp program's work registration requiremen...
The Department of Agriculture Should Be Authorized To Charge for Cotton Classing and Tobacco Grading Services
CED-77-105: Published: Aug 2, 1977. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 1977.
The provision of free cotton classing and tobacco grading to producers is inconsistent with the government's policy of charging fees for special services and the practice of charging for grading other commodities.Most agricultural commodities, other than cotton and tobacco, are graded by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) on a reimbursable basis. In fiscal year 1976, USDA spent $66.2 million gra...
The Food Stamp Program: Overissued Benefits Not Recovered and Fraud Not Punished
CED-77-112: Published: Jul 18, 1977. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 1977.
The Government is losing over half a billion dollars annually because of overissued food stamp benefits caused by errors, misrepresentation, and suspected fraud by recipients and by errors of local food stamp offices.For every $100 of the more than $5 billion annual benefits issued nationally, overissuances account for about $12; only about 12 cents of that $12 have been recovered. The eight local...