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Washington wastes billions of taxpayer dollars annually on inefficient and outdated agriculture policies that do not address the realities of 21st-century agriculture, modern economies, or our nation’s current financial challenges.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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Event Summary

Prepping the Ground for Farm Bill Reform

July 29, 2016

Prepping the Ground for Farm Bill Reform Most of the programs created in the trillion-dollar 2014 farm bill are authorized through 2018. Consequently, Congress is unlikely to have a... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Joins Groups in Letter Opposing Wasteful Catfish Inspection Program

June 23, 2016

TCS Joins Groups in Letter Opposing Wasteful Catfish Inspection Program TCS joined groups in a letter to House leadership this week expressing opposition to USDA's wasteful, duplicative catfish inspection program.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Coalition Letter: Cutting Duplicative Catfish Program Is Still Crucial

May 23, 2016

Coalition Letter: Cutting Duplicative Catfish Program Is Still Crucial On Monday, TCS joined with a diverse array of nine other government waste watchdogs in sending a letter to Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) to voice... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Diverse Coalition Pushes House Committee to Hold RFS Hearing

May 13, 2016

Diverse Coalition Pushes House Committee to Hold RFS Hearing On Friday, TCS joined with 35 other organizations, representing a wide array of interests from poultry farmers and fast food restaurants to... Read More

Our Take

The President’s FY2017 Budget - TCS Analysis

February 08, 2016

The President’s FY2017 Budget - TCS Analysis Ongoing analysis of President Obama's final budget request for FY 2017 and insight into what it all means for taxpayers.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Urges Lawmakers to End Ethanol Blender Pump Spending

February 02, 2016

TCS Urges Lawmakers to End Ethanol Blender Pump Spending TCS sent the following letter urging Senators to prohibit the Secretary of Agriculture from spending $100 million on ethanol blender pumps.... Read More

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Reports & Data

Crop Insurance and Private Sector Delivery

December 14, 2016

Private-public risk sharing has been an important and unique feature of the federal crop insurance program since 1981. Under the Federal... Read More

Fact Sheets

How to Increase the Benefits from Federal Agricultural Conservation Programs

October 31, 2016

Covering more than 40 percent of land area in the United States, crop and ranchlands have a significant impact on the landscape.[1]... Read More

Reports & Data

Impact of Federal Budget Gimmicks: Changes in Mandatory Program Spending (ChIMPS)

October 31, 2016

  In budgetary parlance, ChIMPS refers to the process of using annual spending bills to limit spending on a mandatory spending program... Read More

Fact Sheets

Infographic on the 2014 Farm Bill

October 12, 2016

Only two years after passage, the 2014 FARM BILL is a clear budget buster due to new commodity programs. The Agriculture Committees should be... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Agriculture

Farmers May Be Struggling, but They Enjoy a Generous Safety Net

February 12, 2017 | The Fiscal Times

The U.S. farm economy has had a long, storied history of boom and bust. Farm incomes reached record highs as recently as 2013, leaving... Read More

The Farm Bill Isn’t Saving Taxpayers Money

January 26, 2017 | U.S. News & World Report

The farm bill has produced plenty of cost overruns and not much savings. A week into President Donald Trump's term, it's easy to focus... Read More

The Trump Effect on Ag Issues in Washington

January 04, 2017 | Successful Farming

Farmers and the rest of rural America were key to putting Donald Trump into the White House, energized by his attacks on overregulation and... Read More

Open Crop Insurance to More Competition

December 24, 2016 | Illinois Farmer Today

The growth of the crop insurance program, while slow in the initial years after passage of the 1980 [Federal Crop Insurance] Act, began to... Read More

USDA Buys $20 Million Worth of Cheese

December 16, 2016 | Batesville Herald Tribune

WASHINGTON — Moving to bolster dairy farmers who are struggling to cope with price declines, the United States Department of Agriculture... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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November 23, 2016

(Thanks)giving Subsidies

As Americans gather this week for Thanksgiving, we thought it a good time to remind everyone how Washington’s... 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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