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Washington wastes billions of taxpayer dollars annually on inefficient and outdated agriculture policies that do not address the realities of 21st-century agriculture, modern economies, or our nation’s current financial challenges.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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New CBO Report: Biofuels are a Failed Promise

June 27, 2014

New CBO Report: Biofuels are a Failed Promise Yesterday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a new report entitled “The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): Issues for... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Joint Letter Supporting Elimination of Ethanol Blender Pump Funding

June 11, 2014

Joint Letter Supporting Elimination of Ethanol Blender Pump Funding TCS joined 33 other organizations supporting a House Agriculture Appropriations amendment to ensure no taxpayer dollars are spent on ethanol blender pumps.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Support Pro-Taxpayer Amendments in Agriculture Appropriations

June 11, 2014

Taxpayers for Common Sense urges support for common sense amendments to the House Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, H.R. 4800... Read More

Our Take

House and Senate Move Annual Agriculture Spending Bills

June 04, 2014

House and Senate Move Annual Agriculture Spending Bills It’s that time of year again. The heat and humidity is back in Washington, D.C., meaning it is time for the House and Senate to begin... 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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Fact Sheets

Updated: Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels Fact Sheet

June 20, 2014

Updated: Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels Fact Sheet Established by an Executive Order in 1999, the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels (BPAB) is intended to pay advanced biofuels producers... Read More

Fact Sheets

Updated: Rural Energy for America Program Fact Sheet

June 20, 2014

Updated: Rural Energy for America Program Fact Sheet The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) was created in the 2008 farm bill to provide federal grants and loans to renewable energy... Read More

Fact Sheets

Updated: Repowering Assistance Program Fact Sheet

June 20, 2014

Updated: Repowering Assistance Program  Fact Sheet The Repowering Assistance Program, administered by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development office, reimburses... Read More

Fact Sheets

Updated: Biomass Research and Development Initiative Fact Sheet

June 20, 2014

Updated: Biomass Research and Development Initiative Fact Sheet The Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) provides grants to companies, universities, and government research centers to... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Agriculture

Golden Hammer: U.S. squandered $34 million on failed Afghan soybean project

July 25, 2014 | Washington Times

Call it the great American soybean heist, the latest tale of U.S. taxpayer abuse to emanate from Afghanistan. Despite clear evidence... Read More

Congress can’t work in August — it’s against the law. We’re not joking.

July 23, 2014 | Washington DC

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) cast doubt Monday on whether Congress would have time to pass an overhaul of the Department of... Read More

Roving Butchers of Martha’s Vineyard Serve Locavores

July 23, 2014 | Bloomberg

The six-person team gathers its equipment and heads out in heavy boots and tie-dyes, moving in for the kill. Sharpened knives? Check.... Read More

Biodiesel firm: We earn our subsidies

July 07, 2014 | Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA)

FARLEY, Iowa - A national taxpayer watchdog group says biofuel producers like the one in Farley should no longer benefit from federal... Read More

GOP Eyes Conservation Credit Next for Permanent Tax Extenders

July 03, 2014 | Congressional Quarterly News

House Republicans, planning out their next steps on standalone tax breaks are looking to provide a sweetener to farmers and ranchers with a... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

June 06, 2014

In the Weeds

Four months after the President signed the near-trillion dollar farm bill into law, the U.S. Department of... Read More

Farm Bill Data

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