Washington wastes billions of taxpayer dollars annually on inefficient and outdated agriculture policies that do not address the realities of 21st-century agriculture, modern economies, or our nation’s current financial challenges.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

Our Take

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

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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

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

Bipartisan Bill Pushes Crop Insurance Reforms

November 05, 2015 | Politico - Morning Agriculture

Today, Wisconsin Reps. Ron Kind (D) and Jim Sensenbrenner (R), along with Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake (R), are set to introduce a bill that aims to reform what some consider to be a bloated crop insurance program.... Read More

Not Much to Love in the Budget Deal

October 29, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

The deal struck by the White House and congressional leaders to raise the debt limit and set the federal budget for the next two years is a... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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November 25, 2015

10 Ways Congress Can Earn Taxpayers’ Thanks

It’s Thanksgiving week. At Taxpayers for Common Sense, we thought we’d do what so many Americans do at this time... Read More

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Corporate Welfare in Agribusiness

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