Grain and grain products (41 - 50 of 250 items)
Rebuttal to the Cotton Council
RCED-96-117R: Published: Apr 24, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed a National Cotton Council report that criticized a GAO review of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) cotton program. GAO noted that the Council believes that the review was flawed because GAO: (1) used improper factors in evaluating program costs; (2) did not properly evaluate the benefits of the marketing loan program; (3) improperly evaluated...
Payments to CO-OPs
RCED-96-64R: Published: Feb 22, 1996. Publicly Released: Feb 22, 1996.
GAO examined whether the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) procedures for making payments to cooperative marketing associations (Co-Ops) were adequate for ensuring that Co-Op member's payments stay within annual statutory limits. GAO found that: (1) USDA exercises little oversight over the marketing gains and loan deficiency payments received by individual Co-Op members; (2) USDA does not determi...
Farm Bill Export Options
GGD-96-39R: Published: Dec 15, 1995. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO identified ways that the Department of Agriculture (USDA) can improve the effectiveness of its agricultural export assistance programs. GAO noted that: (1) public and private sector organizations identified 126 options for improving USDA agricultural export assistance programs; (2) of the options identified, there were 58 for improving market development an...
Crop Insurance: Additional Actions Could Further Improve Program's Financial Condition
RCED-95-269: Published: Sep 28, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined whether the Department of Agriculture (USDA): (1) set insurance rates to achieve the legislative requirement of 91-percent adequacy; (2) reduced the losses caused by high-risk farmers; (3) based payments to farmers for claimed losses on their actual production history; and (4) set deadlines for farmers to purchase crop insurance before planting the...
Ethanol Tax Exemption
RCED-95-273R: Published: Sep 14, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the possible effects of eliminating the current tax exemption for ethanol, focusing on the estimated: (1) decline in ethanol use; and (2) fiscal effects on the Treasury and changes in farm income payments resulting from the decline in ethanol use. GAO noted that: (1) ethanol usage would likely decline by between 50 and 90 percent if...
RCED-95-264R: Published: Aug 28, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 28, 1995.
GAO provided information on the distribution of deficiency payments under the Department of Agriculture's income support program during crop year 1993. GAO noted that: (1) about 1.1 million individuals received payments under their own name or through entities, general partnerships, or joint ventures; (2) the average deficiency payment varied from one commodity to another; (3) 76 percent of these...
Food and Agriculture Issue Area: Active Assignments
AA-95-20(3): Published: Jul 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1995.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in the Food and Agriculture issue area as of July 6, 1995...
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...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Foreign-Owned Exporters' Participation in the Export Enhancement Program
GGD-95-127: Published: May 11, 1995. Publicly Released: May 11, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the participation of foreign-owned companies in the Foreign Agricultural Service's (FAS) Export Enhancement Program (EEP).GAO found that: (1) foreign exporters' participation in EEP is consistent with the program's basic objectives of discouraging other countries' unfair trade practices and increasing the competitiveness of U.S. agricultural commod...
Farm Programs: Distribution of USDA Income Support Payments
T-RCED-95-133: Published: Mar 16, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 1995.
GAO discussed the distribution of the Department of Agriculture's income support payments for crop year 1993, focusing on the: (1) value of these payments; and (2) extent to which these payments may be concentrated among relatively few farms. GAO noted that: (1) payments to individual farms ranged from less than $100 to almost $1.8 million; (2) approximately 75 percent of the 989,000 farms receive...