Agriculture and Food:

Food and Agriculture Issue Area Plan--Fiscal Years 1995-96

IAP-95-21: Published: Aug 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1995.

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GAO presented its Food and Agriculture issue area plan for fiscal years 1995 to 1996.

GAO plans to: (1) identify approaches to help farmers adapt to a more market-oriented farm economy; (2) recommend changes to improve the fiscal integrity of crop insurance programs and farm risk management; (3) evaluate the efficiency of commodity programs' administration; (4) identify U.S. trade and marketing issues to enhance competitiveness; (5) recommend improvements to food inspection programs and food safety laws; (6) identify ways to achieve budgetary savings by consolidating food safety programs and evaluating alternative funding mechanisms; (7) analyze the government's multiprogram approach for delivering food assistance; (8) provide information on the environmental impact of current agricultural policies and practices; (9) address the environmental problems caused by agriculture while improving productivity; (10) help develop a long-term rural development strategy; (11) review the implementation of agricultural legislation; and (12) propose methods to save money by reducing bad debts on farm loans.

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