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Washington wastes billions of taxpayer dollars annually on inefficient and outdated agriculture policies that do not address the realities of 21st-century agriculture, modern economies, or our nation’s current financial challenges.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

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

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

Letters & Testimony

Letter to OMB: USDA Catfish Program Is Embarrassingly Wasteful

December 08, 2015

Letter to OMB: USDA Catfish Program Is Embarrassingly Wasteful On Tuesday, TCS joined with a diverse array of 10 other government waste watchdogs in sending a letter to Shaun Donovan, Director of the White... Read More

Press Releases

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

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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

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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

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

Opinion: Ethanol Is Focus of Iowa Caucuses

January 11, 2016 | The Buffalo News

WASHINGTON – Only one Republican presidential hopeful who won the Iowa caucuses has gone on to become president. That was former California... Read More

7 Unbelievable Ways the Government Wasted Your Money in 2015

December 23, 2015 | The Fiscal Times

Congress’s approval last week of $1.15 trillion of new spending and $622 billion of special tax breaks before most lawmakers had a chance to... Read More

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

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

April 01, 2016

Fooled by Washington

Today is the 1st of April; the first day of the second quarter of the year. In Washington, Spring has sprung and... Read More

TCS Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Corporate Welfare in Agribusiness

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How US agriculture policy favors corporations over family farms.

Farm Bill Data

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