Agricultural programs (41 - 50 of 71 items)
Farm Payments: Analysis of Proposals To Amend the $50,000 Payment Limit
RCED-88-42BR: Published: Oct 9, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 9, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO: (1) analyzed two proposals to amend the current $50,000-per-person payment limitation provisions of the Food Security Act; and (2) compared these proposals with existing legislation and regulations to determine if they would prevent certain types of farm reorganizations.GAO found that the proposed legislation: (1) targets those reorganizations which, in...
Farm Payments: USDA's Proposed Changes to the $50,000 Payment Limit Could Be Improved
RCED-87-190: Published: Sep 11, 1987. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) report to Congress on the $50,000-per-person payment limitation on farm program direct payments.GAO found that: (1) USDA proposed to limit total payments to any individual to $50,000 regardless of whether the individual owned or shared ownership of a farm; (2) the proposal would not achieve the desired effe...
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 Finance: Minnesota and North Dakota Assistance Programs Available to Farmers
RCED-87-143FS: Published: Jun 9, 1987. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on state agricultural financial assistance programs and farmers' property protection measures in North Dakota and Minnesota.GAO found that: (1) Minnesota's assistance programs include financial assistance in restructuring debt, subsidized interest rates, deferral of interest due, and state loan guarantees; (2) Minnesota's property prote...
1983 Payment-in-Kind Program Overview: Its Design, Impact, and Cost
RCED-85-89: Published: Sep 25, 1985. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 1985.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) 1983 Payment-In-Kind (PIK) program to determine the: (1) design and justification of key 1983 PIK program provisions; (2) program's impact and cost; (3) distribution of payments to farmers; and (4) effectiveness of the acquisition and delivery of commodities to farmers.GAO found that: (1) the USDA determination that the $50,000 payment limitation...
Overview of the Dairy Surplus Issue--Policy Options for Congressional Consideration
RCED-85-132: Published: Sep 18, 1985. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 1985.
To assist Congress in its consideration of various legislative proposals to revise dairy policies, GAO summarized its work on dairy-related issues over the last 6 years, discussed the magnitude and nature of the dairy surplus problem, and analyzed several policy options for dealing with the problem.GAO found that government dairy product purchases and inventories have increased sharply from 1979 t...
Proposed Agricultural Efficiency and Equity Act of 1985
126791: Apr 24, 1985
GAO discussed proposed legislation that would change the manner in which the Department of Agriculture (USDA) computes the acreage bases and program yields which are used to compute the payments for farm program participants. GAO found that inflated bases existed because the Secretary had stated that acreage bases would be determined by averaging the previous 2 years plantings and including the ac...
Report on the Implementation of the Farm Credit Act Amendments of 1980
GGD-85-32: Published: Apr 8, 1985. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 1985.
GAO reviewed the legislative objectives of the Farm Credit Act Amendments of 1980, including: (1) increasing agricultural cooperatives exports financed by the Farm Credit System; (2) increasing non-System financial institutions' availability of funds; (3) helping young, beginning, and small farmers; and (4) maintaining utility cooperatives' eligibility to borrow from the System.The System has prov...
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...
WIC Evaluations Provide Some Favorable but No Conclusive Evidence on the Effects Expected for the Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children
PEMD-84-4: Published: Jan 30, 1984. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 1984.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed evaluations of the effectiveness of the Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The review focused on the effects of the program on miscarriages, still-births, neonatal deaths, maternal nutrition, and high-risk mothers, as well as claims that the WIC program is directly related to positive outcomes in these areas. GAO also r...