Washington wastes billions of taxpayer dollars annually on inefficient and outdated agriculture policies that do not address the realities of 21st-century agriculture, modern economies, or our nation’s current financial challenges.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

Our Take

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

More in-depth material from TCS in Agriculture

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


Just the Facts: Financial Health of the Agriculture Sector

May 10, 2016

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

Fact Sheets

Fact Sheet: Agricultural Shallow Loss Programs Digging Deeper

April 07, 2016

Updated Farm Program baseline numbers from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirm taxpayers are unlikely to harvest the $16.6 billion... Read More

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

TCS appearances in the media in Agriculture

Senate Advances Bill to Move Catfish Inspections

May 25, 2016 | Hattiesburg American - Gannett

WASHINGTON - Over objections from Mississippi’s Republican senators, the Senate voted Tuesday to begin debate on a measure to end catfish... Read More

Opinion: Ethanol Mandate Must Be Abolished

May 24, 2016 | Tyler Morning Telegraph

This is just wrong. The EPA, perhaps fearing a loss of power and free rein when President Barack Obama leaves office, is making a pitch to... Read More

TCS Outlines Case against Federal Reinsurance

May 11, 2016 | Capital Insider

Reinsurance is a type of transaction where the insurer collects a premium, then agrees to protect a company against all or part of the losses... Read More

Farming Bigger Losses for Taxpayers

March 31, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report

Anybody still holding out hope the 2014 farm bill would reap its promised reduced spending got a wakeup call last week. The Congressional... Read More

Commentary: Newspaper Opinion on Ethanol Has ‘Big Oil’ Bias

March 10, 2016 | West Central Tribune

In regards to the “Midwest Opinion” drubbing ethanol (March 1), let’s first be clear that this was not an editorial from a Minnesota... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

July 08, 2016

Failing to Fix Food Aid

In a rare flash of bipartisanship, Congress this week passed the Global Food Security Act (S. 1252). The $7... Read More

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Corporate Welfare in Agribusiness

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How US agriculture policy favors corporations over family farms.

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