Agricultural production (1 - 10 of 43 items)
Foreign Assistance: U.S. Bilateral Food Assistance to North Korea Had Mixed Results
NSIAD-00-175: Published: Jun 15, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the U.S. bilateral food assistance project in North Korea, focusing on the: (1) objectives, accomplishments, key factors affecting performance, and monitoring effectiveness of the potato component of the bilateral aid project; (2) objectives, accomplishments, key factors affecting performance, and monitoring effectiveness of the food-for-work compo...
ARS' Research Activities
RCED-96-153R: Published: Jun 14, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Agricultural Research Service's (ARS) research activities. GAO noted that: (1) as of January 1996, ARS had funded 1,198 research projects at an estimated cost of $648 million, which accounted for 91 percent of its fiscal year (FY) 1996 research appropriation; (2) ARS plans to allocate an additional $24 million to new or renewed projects in FY 1...
RCED-95-220R: Published: Jun 15, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on national farmland productivity, focusing on the yield per acre of corn, wheat, upland cotton, and soybeans. GAO noted that: (1) there are significant national variations at both the state and county levels in farmland productivity; (2) in any given year, short-term variances in weather or other factors can distort farmland productivi...
RCED-94-208R: Published: May 12, 1994. Publicly Released: May 12, 1994.
GAO provided information on the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service's (ASCS) disaster assistance payments for crop years 1988 through 1993. GAO noted that: (1) between 1988 and 1993, ASCS allocated $9 billion in disaster assistance payments for 1,265 crops; (2) of the $9 billion in ASCS disaster assistance payments, income and price support payments totalled nearly $5 billion for 1...
Midwest Grain Quality
RCED-94-66R: Published: Nov 1, 1993. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed damages to the current year's small grain crop, focusing on whether: (1) market conditions justify significant discounts in grain prices; (2) large grain companies use a systematic discount system for low-quality grain; and (3) large grain buyers blend low-quality grain with high-quality grain and then resell it at normal market prices. GAO found t...
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...
Conservation Reserve Program: Cost-Effectiveness Is Uncertain
RCED-93-132: Published: Mar 26, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to determine whether CRP balances the cost of the land enrolled and the environmental benefits received; and (2) other USDA conservation initiatives designed to reduce the environmental impact on agriculture.GAO found that: (1) USDA has not quantified how the removal of...
Drug Policy and Agriculture: U.S. Trade Impacts of Alternative Crops to Andean Coca
NSIAD-92-12: Published: Oct 28, 1991. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) assessed how possible competition with U.S. agricultural exports has affected U.S. policy in assisting the production of alternative crops to coca in Bolivia and Peru; and (2) examined the possible impact of alternative crops on U.S. agricultural trade.GAO found that: (1) although the Agency for International Development (AID) proposed to provide assis...
USDA Commodity Forecasts: Inaccuracies Found May Lead to Underestimates of Budget Outlays
PEMD-91-24: Published: Aug 13, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) long-term commodity forecasts used in the President's budget process, focusing on the: (1) accuracy of those long-term supply and utilization forecasts, referred to as baselines; and (2) effect that forecast inaccuracies could have on outlay estimates in the President's January 1990 budget submission.GAO found...
Farm Finance: Financial Condition of American Agriculture as of December 31, 1988
RCED-90-49BR: Published: Nov 15, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the financial condition of American agriculture as of December 31, 1988.GAO found that: (1) the economic environment surrounding the farm sector continued to improve in 1988, although total production was lower compared to 1987; (2) year-end stocks for three key farm commodities decreased by more than 17 percent, while prices increas...