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Washington wastes billions of taxpayer dollars annually on inefficient and outdated agriculture policies that do not address the realities of 21st-century agriculture, modern economies, or our nation’s current financial challenges. Many of these policies were created in the 1930’s as temporary measures ...More

to combat the Great Depression. Nearly 80 years later, most remain in place even though they fail to meet the needs of America’s farmers, rural communities, consumers, or taxpayers. Federal agricultural policy must be reformed to provide a limited, effective, and efficient safety net for agricultural producers – and to eliminate lavish, poorly-directed subsidies.

Every five years, Congress passes “Farm Bills,” establishing agricultural policies that are driven by politics and narrow concerns, instead of the public interest. For too long, Congress has failed to focus legislation on what should be our number-one priority: the need for a secure domestic food supply.

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Letters & Testimony

No Costly Cotton Bailout in 2018 Approprations!

July 25, 2017

No Costly Cotton Bailout in 2018 Approprations! Taxpayers for Common Sense sent the following letter to the Senate arguing against padding the the bottom lines of certain agricultural businesses.... Read More

The Renewable Fuel Standard: Taxpayer Costs and False Promises

July 08, 2017

The Renewable Fuel Standard: Taxpayer Costs and False Promises Over the past decade, biofuels have been portrayed as a way to help achieve U.S. energy independence, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG)... Read More

Letters & Testimony

No Cotton Industry Bailout in CR

April 24, 2017

No Cotton Industry Bailout in CR Taxpayers for Common Sense and 8 partner organizations sent the following letter to Congress, asking members to resist efforts to hijack... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Fiscal Conservatives Identify Principles to Guide Farm Bill Reform

April 12, 2017

Fiscal Conservatives Identify Principles to Guide Farm Bill Reform Taxpayers for Common Sense joined 14 other fiscally conservative organizations on a letter to Congress identifying principles to guide farm bill reform.... Read More

Our Take

Agriculture Committees Harvesting SNAP Savings to Feed Agribusiness

March 23, 2017

Agriculture Committees Harvesting SNAP Savings to Feed Agribusiness Preparing the ground for an attempt to increase federal spending in a new farm bill, beneficiaries of federal agricultural programs are... Read More

Our Take

Crop Insurance Companies Cry for Cash

March 20, 2017

Crop Insurance Companies Cry for Cash Now that the House and Senate Agriculture Committees have started hearings preparing for a 2018 farm bill, special interests that benefit... Read More

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Fact Sheets

Rural Energy for America Program

June 15, 2017

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) was created in the 2008 Farm Bill to provide federal grants and loans to renewable energy... Read More

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Just the Facts About the 2014 Farm Bill Income Entitlements

June 02, 2017 > Updated: June 02, 2017

Promises that the 2014 FARM BILL would produce savings for taxpayers are failing to bear fruit. This is because of exploding costs in the... Read More

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Just the Facts: The Federal Crop Insurance Program

June 02, 2017 > Updated: June 02, 2017

Of the many federal subsidies for the agriculture sector, the federal crop insurance program is the most expensive. To help policymakers... Read More

Fact Sheets

Cotton’s Generous Safety Net

May 19, 2017 > Updated: July 20, 2017

In an effort to obtain more taxpayer subsidies, Washington special interests continually misrepresent the existing overly generous taxpayer financed safety net for the U.S. cotton industry. The fact is cotton growers already benefit form billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies and do not need Washington to authorize even more spending.... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Agriculture

Trump Targets Farm Subsidies in Budget Cuts

May 24, 2017 | New Castle News

WASHINGTON — In proposing to slash domestic spending, President Donald Trump is taking aim at the $8 billion subsidy program that insures... Read More

Washington Insider: The Spreading Peanut Surpluses

May 08, 2017 | DTN - The Progressive Farmer

Even as feelings among House Ag Committee members have been hurt over the failed efforts to change the 2014 Farm Bill to help dairy and cotton... Read More

Conservative Groups Say It’s Time for Farmers to Compete in Marketplace

April 12, 2017 | Wisconsin Agriculturalist

Fifteen conservative groups have united to urge lawmakers to "free up farmers and ranchers from excessive federal government... Read More

Iowa Lawmakers Vow to Study Local Impact of Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts

March 22, 2017 | The Daily Nonpareil

WASHINGTON — After President Donald Trump proposed deep cuts to domestic spending programs, Iowa lawmakers were quick to point out that the... Read More

Conaway Vows to Complete 2018 Farm Bill on Time

March 03, 2017 | Agri-Pulse

SAN ANTONIO, March 3, 2017 - As Congress begins to work seriously on crafting a new farm bill, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

June 16, 2017

Farm Bill 101: Once Again, For the People in the Back

It’s easy to forget that not everyone's plugged into the sausage-making process of producing federal policy.... Read More

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Corporate Welfare in Agribusiness

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How US agriculture policy favors corporations over family farms.

Farm Bill Data

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