Washington wastes billions of taxpayer dollars annually on inefficient and outdated agriculture policies that do not address the realities of 21st-century agriculture, modern economies, or our nation’s current financial challenges.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

March 23, 2017

Agriculture Committees Harvesting SNAP Savings to Feed Agribusiness Preparing the ground for an attempt to increase federal spending in a new farm bill, beneficiaries of federal agricultural programs are... Read More

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Crop Insurance Companies Cry for Cash

March 20, 2017

Crop Insurance Companies Cry for Cash Now that the House and Senate Agriculture Committees have started hearings preparing for a 2018 farm bill, special interests that benefit... Read More

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House Agriculture Committee Looks to Milk Taxpayers

February 24, 2017

House Agriculture Committee Looks to Milk Taxpayers Agriculture Committee members ignore cost overruns to plead for more subsidies for dairy.... Read More

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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

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Crop Insurance and Private Sector Delivery

December 14, 2016

Private-public risk sharing has been an important and unique feature of the federal crop insurance program since 1981. Under the Federal... Read More

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How to Increase the Benefits from Federal Agricultural Conservation Programs

October 31, 2016

Covering more than 40 percent of land area in the United States, crop and ranchlands have a significant impact on the landscape.[1]... Read More

Reports & Data

Impact of Federal Budget Gimmicks: Changes in Mandatory Program Spending (ChIMPS)

October 31, 2016

  In budgetary parlance, ChIMPS refers to the process of using annual spending bills to limit spending on a mandatory spending program... Read More

Fact Sheets

Infographic on the 2014 Farm Bill

October 12, 2016

Only two years after passage, the 2014 FARM BILL is a clear budget buster due to new commodity programs. The Agriculture Committees should be... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Agriculture

Iowa Lawmakers Vow to Study Local Impact of Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts

March 22, 2017 | The Daily Nonpareil

WASHINGTON — After President Donald Trump proposed deep cuts to domestic spending programs, Iowa lawmakers were quick to point out that the... Read More

Conaway Vows to Complete 2018 Farm Bill on Time

March 03, 2017 | Agri-Pulse

SAN ANTONIO, March 3, 2017 - As Congress begins to work seriously on crafting a new farm bill, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike... Read More

Farmers May Be Struggling, but They Enjoy a Generous Safety Net

February 12, 2017 | The Fiscal Times

The U.S. farm economy has had a long, storied history of boom and bust. Farm incomes reached record highs as recently as 2013, leaving... Read More

The Farm Bill Isn’t Saving Taxpayers Money

January 26, 2017 | U.S. News & World Report

The farm bill has produced plenty of cost overruns and not much savings. A week into President Donald Trump's term, it's easy to focus... Read More

The Trump Effect on Ag Issues in Washington

January 04, 2017 | Successful Farming

Farmers and the rest of rural America were key to putting Donald Trump into the White House, energized by his attacks on overregulation and... Read More

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November 23, 2016

(Thanks)giving Subsidies

As Americans gather this week for Thanksgiving, we thought it a good time to remind everyone how Washington’s... 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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