Agricultural policies (1 - 10 of 51 items)
Farm Program Payments: USDA Needs to Strengthen Regulations and Oversight to Better Ensure Recipients Do Not Circumvent Payment Limitations
GAO-04-407: Published: Apr 30, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 2004.
Farmers receive about $15 billion annually in federal farm program payments to help produce major commodities, including corn, cotton, rice, and wheat. The Farm Program Payments Integrity Act of 1987 (1987 Act) limits payments to individuals and entities--such as corporations and partnerships-- that are "actively engaged in farming." GAO (1) determined how well USDA's regulations limit payments, (...
Peanut Program: Potential Effects of Proposed Farm Bill on Producers, Consumers, Government, and Peanut Imports and Exports
GAO-01-1135R: Published: Sep 26, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2001.
The current federal peanut program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is designed to support producers' incomes while ensuring an ample supply of domestically produced peanuts. To achieve these goals, the program controls the domestic supply of peanuts and guarantees producers a minimum price for their crops. This price substantially exceeds the price for peanuts in world markets...
U.S. Agricultural Exports: Strong Growth Likely But U.S. Export Assistance Programs' Contribution Uncertain
NSIAD-97-260: Published: Sep 30, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed: (1) the way in which the 1996 Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act (FAIR) will likely affect U.S. agricultural exports; and (2) the continued relevance of U.S. agricultural export assistance programs.GAO noted that: (1) agricultural experts generally expect that FAIR's domestic policy reforms will modestly contribute to increased U.S. ag...
Farm Service Agency and Commodity Credit Corporation: Conservation Reserve Program-Long Term Policy
OGC-97-26: Published: Mar 6, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Farm Service Agency's (FSA) and the Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC) new rule on the long term policy for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). GAO noted that: (1) the rule would amend the CRP regulations to revise the terms and conditions for enrolling acreage in the CRP to more cost-effectively target the CRP to more environmentally s...
Commodity Programs: Impact of Support Provisions on Selected Commodity Prices
RCED-97-45: Published: Feb 21, 1997. Publicly Released: Feb 21, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the impact of support provisions on selected commodity prices, focusing on: (1) whether marketing loan provisions prevent loan rates from acting as price floors and whether they allow U.S. prices to fall to levels closer to world prices; (2) the effect lower loan rates would have on the relationship between U.S. and world prices; (3) the affect of...
Commodity Programs: Freedom-to-Farm Approach Will Reduce USDA's Personnel Costs
RCED-96-116: Published: May 22, 1996. Publicly Released: May 22, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the personnel reductions that the Department of Agriculture (USDA) could have achieved if Congress had implemented the freedom-to-farm provisions of H.R. 2195 and the proposed Balanced Budget Act.GAO noted that: (1) under H.R. 2195, the freedom-to-farm provisions would have reduced the Farm Service Agency's (FSA) personnel by 1,823 staff years and...
Agricultural Trade: Five Countries' Foreign Market Development for High-Value Products
GGD-95-12: Published: Dec 14, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the structure, funding, and promotional activities of the organizations that develop foreign markets for high-value agricultural products (HVP), focusing on the: (1) organizations in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands that help develop foreign markets for HVP; (2) Department of Agriculture's (USDA) foreign market development p...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Improvements Needed in Foreign Agricultural Service Management
T-GGD-94-56: Published: Nov 10, 1993. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1993.
GAO discussed the operation of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), focusing on its: (1) management of export promotion and assistance programs; (2) use of resources in reporting on agricultural developments overseas; and (3) strategic planning. GAO noted that: (1) FAS needs greater management controls to eliminate continuing weaknesses; (2) FAS should reduce the amount of reporting on foreign...
RCED-93-227R: Published: Sep 1, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 1, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed payment limitations governing the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) honey price support program, focusing on: (1) the statutory provisions that apply to payment limitations for the honey program as compared with those of other farm commodity programs; (2) payments received by honey producers and associated loan forfeitures for 1991 and 1992; (3) t...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Better Management Could Increase Effectiveness of FAS Export Operations
T-GGD-93-5: Published: Feb 23, 1993. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 1993.
GAO discussed weaknesses that reduce the effectiveness of the Foreign Agricultural Service's (FAS) export operations and programs. GAO noted that: (1) FAS manages about $10 billion in agricultural export assistance programs that are designed to increase U.S. agricultural exports and develop foreign markets; (2) problems with FAS market promotion programs (MPP) include inadequate market research an...