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Washington wastes billions of taxpayer dollars annually on inefficient and outdated agriculture policies that do not address the realities of 21st-century agriculture, modern economies, or our nation’s current financial challenges.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

Support Common Sense Reforms to Federally Subsidized Crop Insurance

September 19, 2017

Support Common Sense Reforms to Federally Subsidized Crop Insurance Taxpayers for Common Sense co-signed the following letter to the House and Senate urging members to support crop insurance reform. ... Read More

Our Take

Cotton And Dairy Want More Subsidies They Don’t Need

September 08, 2017

Cotton And Dairy Want More Subsidies They Don’t Need Despite the USDA projecting farm income increasing in 2017, agriculture lobbyists still demand more taxpayer cash.... Read More

Federal-Free Risk Management in Agriculture

August 25, 2017

Federal-Free Risk Management in Agriculture Like all businesses, agricultural producers face a number of risks in maintaining a profitable enterprise. Successful management of these... Read More

Letters & Testimony

No Costly Cotton Bailout in 2018 Appropriations!

July 25, 2017

No Costly Cotton Bailout in 2018 Appropriations! Taxpayers for Common Sense sent the following letter to the Senate arguing against padding the the bottom lines of certain agricultural businesses.... Read More

The Renewable Fuel Standard: Taxpayer Costs and False Promises

July 08, 2017

The Renewable Fuel Standard: Taxpayer Costs and False Promises Over the past decade, biofuels have been portrayed as a way to help achieve U.S. energy independence, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG)... Read More

Letters & Testimony

No Cotton Industry Bailout in CR

April 24, 2017

No Cotton Industry Bailout in CR Taxpayers for Common Sense and 8 partner organizations sent the following letter to Congress, asking members to resist efforts to hijack... Read More

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Fact Sheets

Rural Energy for America Program

June 15, 2017

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

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Just the Facts About the 2014 Farm Bill Income Entitlements

June 02, 2017 > Updated: June 02, 2017

Promises that the 2014 FARM BILL would produce savings for taxpayers are failing to bear fruit. This is because of exploding costs in the... Read More

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Just the Facts: The Federal Crop Insurance Program

June 02, 2017 > Updated: June 02, 2017

Of the many federal subsidies for the agriculture sector, the federal crop insurance program is the most expensive. To help policymakers... Read More

Fact Sheets

Cotton’s Generous Safety Net

May 19, 2017 > Updated: July 20, 2017

In an effort to obtain more taxpayer subsidies, Washington special interests continually misrepresent the existing overly generous taxpayer financed safety net for the U.S. cotton industry. The fact is cotton growers already benefit form billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies and do not need Washington to authorize even more spending.... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Agriculture

As Grand Prairie Project Looks To Turn On Tap At The White River, Drips Of Dissent Persist

August 28, 2017 | 91.9FM KASU

On a recent summer afternoon, workers and trucks buzzed in and out of a pump station under construction in DeValls Bluff.  Several miles... Read More

Morning Agriculture

July 28, 2017 | Politico

Achin’ for some bacon? National Pork Producers Council CEO Neil Dierks is set to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday about... Read More

Trump Targets Farm Subsidies in Budget Cuts

May 24, 2017 | New Castle News

WASHINGTON — In proposing to slash domestic spending, President Donald Trump is taking aim at the $8 billion subsidy program that insures... Read More

Washington Insider: The Spreading Peanut Surpluses

May 08, 2017 | DTN - The Progressive Farmer

Even as feelings among House Ag Committee members have been hurt over the failed efforts to change the 2014 Farm Bill to help dairy and cotton... Read More

Conservative Groups Say It’s Time for Farmers to Compete in Marketplace

April 12, 2017 | Wisconsin Agriculturalist

Fifteen conservative groups have united to urge lawmakers to "free up farmers and ranchers from excessive federal government... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

August 25, 2017

Ignoring Agricultural Realities at the Taxpayer’s Expense

The end of August marks the return of farmers to their fields to prepare for harvest and the return of... 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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