Agricultural programs (31 - 40 of 71 items)
Agricultural Marketing: Federally Authorized Commodity Research and Promotion Programs
RCED-94-63: Published: Dec 29, 1993. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) agricultural commodity research and promotion programs, focusing on the extent of: (1) check-off fund use; (2) AMS oversight; and (3) oversight coordination between AMS and other Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies.GAO found that: (1) as of 1992, 11 of the 18 authorized check-off board...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Improved Management Could Increase the Effectiveness of Export Promotion Activities
T-GGD-92-30: Published: Apr 7, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 1992.
GAO discussed the effectiveness of three Department of Agriculture (USDA) export promotion activities, the Market Promotion Program (MPP) overseas agricultural trade offices and the Trade Show Program. GAO noted that: (1) since USDA has not yet developed a long-term agricultural trade strategy, it can not provide a coherent rationale and justification for its export promotion activities; (2) over...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Better Trade Show Management Can Increase Benefits to Exporters
NSIAD-92-122: Published: Mar 10, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) trade show program, focusing on: (1) the trade show program's role in promoting U.S. agricultural exports; (2) trade show program management; (3) USDA provision of subsidies to trade show exhibitors; and (4) program evaluation efforts.GAO found that: (1) the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has not defined t...
Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation: Issues Facing the Secondary Market for FmHA Guaranteed Loans
RCED-91-138: Published: Jun 13, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the: (1) issues the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (Farmer Mac) faced in facilitating the creation of a secondary market for Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) guaranteed loans; and (2) impact of such a market on the government's exposure to risk.GAO found that: (1) Farmer Mac created the Farmer Mac II program to establish a continuing,...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Farm Agencies' Field Structure Needs Major Overhaul
RCED-91-09: Published: Jan 29, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 1991.
One or more of the 5 farm service agencies maintains a presence in almost every one of the nation's 3,150 counties. In key farm programs, USDA is managed at the grass-roots level by its constituents. Although this organization has made USDA successful in responding to its clients, the heavy constituent involvement makes the Department slow to recognize the need to make changes in the field structu...
Characteristics of Successful Program Evaluations
138253: Jan 1, 1989
This article identifies the characteristics common to three evaluations of national food and nutrition programs that contributed to their significant impact on program and agency operations. The primary factors included the: (1) establishment of evaluation teams; (2) participation of evaluation team members throughout the evaluation process; and (3) implementation of developed dissemination plans...
Food Assistance: A Swedish Case Study
RCED-88-181BR: Published: Jun 23, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on Sweden's food assistance programs to determine: (1) the type of programs it has and how they operate; (2) whether it uses its agricultural surpluses in food assistance programs to reduce welfare costs; and (3) whether it uses any surplus disposal techniques that do not improve the nutrition of its citizens.GAO found that: (1) Swed...
Agricultural Trade: Review of Targeted Export Assistance Program
NSIAD-88-183: Published: May 24, 1988. Publicly Released: May 24, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's Targeted Export Assistance (TEA) program, focusing on the: (1) program's management, including the Foreign Agricultural Service's (FAS) documentation of its participant eligibility and funding allocation decisions; and (2) adequacy of the FAS evaluation process, how evaluations affect present and future funding alloc...
Milk Marketing Orders: Options for Change
RCED-88-9: Published: Mar 21, 1988. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 1988.
GAO reviewed several aspects of federal milk-pricing policies to determine how: (1) the milk marketing order program affects the U.S. dairy surplus problem; (2) to change the program to reduce incentives for milk production; and (3) such changes would affect the surplus and the program's ability to meet dairy policy goals.GAO found that: (1) because dairy market conditions changed, the milk market...
Food Assistance: Practices of the European Community and Selected Member Nations
RCED-88-102: Published: Mar 15, 1988. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the food assistance programs of the European Community and four of its members, focusing on their program operation and use of agricultural surpluses.GAO found that: (1) both the European Community and individual member nations sponsor food assistance programs; (2) the program's primary aims are to assist the needy and reduce agricultural surplu...