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Washington wastes billions of taxpayer dollars annually on inefficient and outdated agriculture policies that do not address the realities of 21st-century agriculture, modern economies, or our nation’s current financial challenges.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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TCS Analysis of President’s FY2015 Budget

March 04, 2014

TCS Analysis of President’s FY2015 Budget TCS staff will be combing through the President's budget over the next several hours and days.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Official TCS Comments on Farm Bill Implementation

April 11, 2014

Taxpayers for Common Sense submitted comments to the Federal Register concerning the Department of Agriculture's implementation of the... Read More

Our Take

Energy Tax Extenders in Senate EXPIRE Act

April 03, 2014

On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) released the version of the tax extenders package that the... Read More

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Agriculture Appropriations Hearing Highlights Waste in Farm Subsidy Programs

March 05, 2014

Agriculture Appropriations Hearing Highlights Waste in Farm Subsidy Programs At today’s House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the USDA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Budget, Inspector General... Read More

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Breakdown of Rep. Camp’s Tax Reform Proposal

February 26, 2014

Breakdown of Rep. Camp’s Tax Reform Proposal TCS analysis and commentary on the draft tax reform proposal released by Rep. Dave Camp this week. ... Read More

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New Farm Bill, Same Subsidy Schemes

February 12, 2014

New Farm Bill, Same Subsidy Schemes Taxpayers, meet your new farm bill, same as the old farm bill. Despite claims by the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, the notion... Read More

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Fact Sheets

Updated:  Political Footprint of the Corn Ethanol Lobby

April 16, 2014

Updated:  Political Footprint of the Corn Ethanol Lobby The federal government has in one form or another provided lucrative subsidies to the corn ethanol industry for more than 30 years, wasting... Read More

Fact Sheets

Updated: Taxpayer Supports for Corn Ethanol in Federal Legislation

April 15, 2014

Updated: Taxpayer Supports for Corn Ethanol in Federal Legislation Since its creation of the domestic market for corn ethanol after the energy crisis of the 1970s, the federal government has nurtured and... Read More

Fact Sheets

Profile of the Taxpayer Subsidized Crop Insurance Industry

April 08, 2014

Profile of the Taxpayer Subsidized Crop Insurance Industry Federal crop insurance is a highly taxpayer subsidized program that allows agricultural producers to shift their business risk onto... Read More

Fact Sheets

Updated: Path to Trillion Dollar Farm Bills

March 19, 2014

Not only have recent farm bills come in significantly over-budget, but they have also doubled in cost over the past decade.... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Agriculture

Letter: Is LaMalfa the best we can do in our district?

April 05, 2014 | Chico Enterprise-Record

The following is a Letter to the Editor of the Chico Enterprise-Record Dear Editor: David White's letter asking, "Are these politicians... Read More

Good News for Corn, Bad News for You

March 12, 2014 | U.S. News & World Report

This is a good news/bad news story. The good news was found in an unexpected place. We at Taxpayers for Common Sense did not have a lot of... Read More

The Farm Bill

February 20, 2014 | Capital Insider

The newly signed law is supposed to be a reform measure. However, under closer scrutiny, the law doesn't hold up. Ryan Alexander,... Read More

Farm Bill Isn’t Perfect, but It Has Something for Everybody

February 18, 2014 | The Kansas City Star

The Rev. Jim Mullins of Pickens, S.C., can finally die in peace, thanks to last week’s long-awaited enactment of the federal farm... Read More

Congress’ Farm Bill Binge

February 14, 2014 | U.S. News & World Report

For years now, Congress has focused public attention on our nation’s fiscal woes. From passing the Budget Control Act in 2011 to the... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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February 14, 2014

Sweetheart Deals

It’s Valentine’s Day, and the thoughts of a young farmer, shipbuilder, rural airport operator, or coal miner... Read More

Farm Bill Data

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