Washington wastes billions of taxpayer dollars annually on inefficient and outdated agriculture policies that do not address the realities of 21st-century agriculture, modern economies, or our nation’s current financial challenges.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

September 25, 2015

New Agriculture Income Guarantees Prove Costly In recent testimony before the House Committee on Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Alexis Taylor... Read More

Press Releases

Report Highlights Dozens of Federal Subsidies for Biofuels, with Focus on Ethanol

September 10, 2015

Report Highlights Dozens of Federal Subsidies for Biofuels, with Focus on Ethanol Taxpayers for Common Sense today released a report detailing the variety of federal subsidies for biofuels like corn ethanol...... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Joint Letter to Budget Committees: Ensure Taxpayers Harvest Agriculture Savings

March 04, 2015

TCS and six other fiscal conservative organizations sent a letter insisting the Budget Committees hold the Agriculture Committees accountable for producing promised savings. ... Read More

Our Take

Costs for Agricultural Shallow Loss Programs Run Deep

January 29, 2015

Costs for Agricultural Shallow Loss Programs Run Deep Just this week, CBO released an updated Farm Program baseline estimating that new agricultural income entitlement programs will cost taxpayers... Read More

Press Releases

Green Scissors Coalition Releases New Subsidy Database

November 17, 2014

Green Scissors Coalition Releases New Subsidy Database New, interactive database identifies environmentally-harmful government waste... Read More

Our Take

New GAO Report Recommends Cut in Crop Insurance Subsidies

September 08, 2014

New GAO Report Recommends Cut in Crop Insurance Subsidies Today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report providing more evidence that reducing federal crop insurance premium... Read More

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Fact Sheets

Better Targeting Conservation Spending: The 2014 Farm Bill

September 30, 2015

Taxpayer dollars must be managed in a manner that produces measurable outcomes and the best return on investment. The United States Department... Read More

Reports & Data

Report: Understanding Federal Subsidies for the Biofuels & Biomass Industries

September 09, 2015

This report examines the subsidies the ethanol industry has received over the last three decades on all steps of the supply chain, and how biofuel and biomass subsidies have allowed the federal government to pick winners and losers, distort energy and agriculture markets, and contribute to expansion and overproduction of certain types of bioenergy.... Read More

Fact Sheets

Recommendations for an Alternative, Accountable Farm Safety Net

August 07, 2015

August 2015 The current farm safety net is a complex web of overlapping and expensive subsidies that rewards special interests and large... Read More


Shallow Loss Agriculture Programs 101

August 06, 2015

What are “shallow loss” agriculture programs?... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Agriculture

Avian flu is hammering hens — should poultry farmers get a bailout?

July 31, 2015 | Grist

You may have noticed that the price of eggs has gone up. That’s partially due to theHighly Pathogenic Avian Influenza epidemic that decimated... Read More

Fillet Wasteful Catfish Inspections

May 15, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

When it comes to saving taxpayer dollars, sometimes Congress has a hard time grabbing the low-hanging fruit, even when it's sitting on the... Read More

Corn-Based Ethanol Debate Intensifies - A Bit

May 04, 2015 | JD Supra Business Advisor

A recent article in USA Today questions whether ethanol’s days are numbered. While that article is written from the perspective of whether the... Read More

Groups Want Review of Federal Milk Orders

April 30, 2015 | Agri-view

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumer-protection, taxpayer-watchdog groups and small-business trade associations joined national and state-based... Read More

Find Some Tax Day Budget Savings

April 15, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

Tax day is here again. Whether or not you’ve already spent your refund or will be running to the post office or hitting the submit button at... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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August 14, 2015

Growing Disasters

It’s August, which means the 185 million acres of corn and soybeans planted across the nation are well on their... Read More

20th Anniversary Celebration

Corporate Welfare in Agribusiness

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How US agriculture policy favors corporations over family farms.

Farm Bill Data

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