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Washington wastes billions of taxpayer dollars annually on inefficient and outdated agriculture policies that do not address the realities of 21st-century agriculture, modern economies, or our nation’s current financial challenges.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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GAO Report: Renewable Fuel Standard Costs Outweigh Benefits

August 12, 2014

GAO Report: Renewable Fuel Standard Costs Outweigh Benefits A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report reviewed seven Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regulatory Impact Analyses (RIAs) and found... Read More

Our Take

New CBO Report: Biofuels are a Failed Promise

June 27, 2014

New CBO Report: Biofuels are a Failed Promise The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a new report entitled “The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): Issues for 2014 and Beyond” confirming what TCS has said for years – that the RFS and corn ethanol are doing more harm than good.... 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 While both the House and Senate agriculture bills adhere to the December budget agreement, the House bill is expected to spend $20.88 billion in FY15 while the Senate projects to spend slightly less - $20.575 billion. Over the past three months, House and Senate Appropriations Committees (and their Agriculture Subcommittees) have debated subjects as wide ranging as potatoes and poultry to food safety and food aid.... 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

More in-depth material from TCS in Agriculture

TCS Comments to USDA on New Income Entitlement Programs

August 28, 2014

TCS Comments to USDA on New Income Entitlement Programs TCS sent official comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture about new crop insurance provisions and shallow loss entitlement programs in the 2014 farm bill. ... Read More

Fact Sheets

Shallow Loss Programs May Surpass Cost of Old Subsidy Schemes

August 12, 2014

Shallow Loss Programs May Surpass Cost of Old Subsidy Schemes The 2014 farm bill created new income entitlement programs for agribusinesses, referred to as “shallow loss” subsidies. The three programs - Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), and Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) – are intended to kick in when revenue drops as little as ten percent from a predetermined level. ... Read More

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 to expand their production levels. Other than corn starch ethanol, nearly every other type of biofuel is eligible for the program, including ethanol, biogas, butanol, or biodiesel derived from cellulose (like perennial grasses or agricultural residues), sugar or starches, waste materials, sugarcane, or woody biomass. ... 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

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

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August 28, 2014

Subsidies Keep the Good Times Rolling

Anybody road tripping through the Corn Belt this Labor Day can’t miss the obvious signs of farm profitability.... Read More

Corporate Welfare in Agribusiness

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How US agriculture policy favors corporations over family farms.

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