Washington wastes billions of taxpayer dollars annually on inefficient and outdated agriculture policies that do not address the realities of 21st-century agriculture, modern economies, or our nation’s current financial challenges.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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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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FY2016 Taxibus - TCS Analysis Blog

December 16, 2015

FY2016 Taxibus - TCS Analysis Blog Ongoing analysis of the FY2016 Taxibus - the tax extenders and omnibus appropriations package recently released by Congress...... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Letter to OMB: USDA Catfish Program Is Embarrassingly Wasteful

December 08, 2015

Letter to OMB: USDA Catfish Program Is Embarrassingly Wasteful On Tuesday, TCS joined with a diverse array of 10 other government waste watchdogs in sending a letter to Shaun Donovan, Director of the White... Read More

Press Releases

Groups Call for Congress to Act on Broken Renewable Fuel Standard

October 30, 2015

Groups Call for Congress to Act on Broken Renewable Fuel Standard TCS and other groups were featured in a print ad in Roll Call on October 28th urging Congress to act on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).... Read More

Our Take

Bipartisan Budget Agreement Harvests Crop Insurance Savings

October 28, 2015

Bipartisan Budget Agreement Harvests Crop Insurance Savings It looks like crop insurance special interests are trying to scuttle one of the only provisions in the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015... Read More

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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

Opinion: Ethanol Is Focus of Iowa Caucuses

January 11, 2016 | The Buffalo News

WASHINGTON – Only one Republican presidential hopeful who won the Iowa caucuses has gone on to become president. That was former California... Read More

7 Unbelievable Ways the Government Wasted Your Money in 2015

December 23, 2015 | The Fiscal Times

Congress’s approval last week of $1.15 trillion of new spending and $622 billion of special tax breaks before most lawmakers had a chance to... Read More

Congressman Target Crop Insurance - Again

November 17, 2015 | High Plains Jouranl

It only took a few days following an announcement from congressional agricultural leadership that cuts to crop insurance payments to insurers... Read More

AFFIRM Act Is Real Farm Bill Reform

November 12, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

I have written on these pages and elsewhere about the many ways that the 2014 farm bill has already failed taxpayers. Apologists for big... Read More

Kind, Sensenbrenner Introduce Crop Insurance Reform Bill

November 06, 2015 | Wisconsin Ag Connection

Two Wisconsin Congressmen are introducing bold reforms to crop insurance premium subsidy payments, which they say will save taxpayer dollars... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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February 12, 2016

Budgeting for the Last Time

The final budget of President Obama’s tenure was released this week. Coming out on Fat Tuesday was appropriate... Read More

TCS Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Corporate Welfare in Agribusiness

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How US agriculture policy favors corporations over family farms.

Farm Bill Data

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