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Washington wastes billions of taxpayer dollars annually on inefficient and outdated agriculture policies that do not address the realities of 21st-century agriculture, modern economies, or our nation’s current financial challenges.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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Just the Facts About the 2014 Farm Bill Income Entitlements

September 15, 2016

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

Fact Sheets

Benefits of Measuring Federal Agricultural Conservation Programs

August 03, 2016

Federal taxpayers have an interest in the conservation of agricultural resources because of agriculture’s potential to both impose significant... Read More

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Just the Facts: The Federal Crop Insurance Program

May 13, 2016

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

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Just the Facts: Financial Health of the Agriculture Sector

May 10, 2016 > Updated: August 31, 2016

Supporters of expensive federal programs that subsidize the incomes of agricultural businesses claim that agricultural businesses are in dire... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Agriculture

Headed South: The long road to restoration in the Everglades.

August 31, 2016 | SRQ Magazine

Rushing toward the interior of the C-43 lock, adjacent to Lake Okeechobee’s Rim Canal, plumes of green and blue swirl on the surface then... Read More

Opinion: More cheesy government bailouts

August 27, 2016 | The Gazette (Iowa)

Hoping to bolster dairy farmers once again facing steep price declines, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it will spend $20 million... Read More

Government cheese: Dairy subsidies are hard to swallow

August 25, 2016 | The Daily News of Newburyport

Some might say too much cheese is a good problem to have. Finally, shoppers at the grocery store can afford pricier cheese for their... Read More

Study: Crop insurance incentivizes costly environmental problems

August 20, 2016 | The Grand Island Independent

WASHINGTON — An alternative farming system developed at Iowa State University, in which farmers plant perennial prairie plants in and around... Read More

Down on the Farm

August 15, 2016 | National Review

Small farmers face regulatory burdens, negative stereotypes, and children fleeing the family business. Lucy and Joe Lourenco emigrated from... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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August 19, 2016

The Big Cheese Giveaway

Congress is a little more than halfway through its nine week recess, but powerful special interests in the... 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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Weekly Wastebasket

Learning Lessons from Tax Reform

September 23, 2016

Reports & Data

Reform the Tax Code

September 22, 2016

Weekly Wastebasket

ChIMPS in the Budget

September 16, 2016