Washington wastes billions of taxpayer dollars annually on inefficient and outdated agriculture policies that do not address the realities of 21st-century agriculture, modern economies, or our nation’s current financial challenges.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

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

Letters & Testimony

Fiscal Conservatives Identify Principles to Guide Farm Bill Reform

April 12, 2017

Fiscal Conservatives Identify Principles to Guide Farm Bill Reform Taxpayers for Common Sense joined 14 other fiscally conservative organizations on a letter to Congress identifying principles to guide farm bill reform.... Read More

Our Take

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

Our Take

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

Our Take

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

Event Summary

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

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Fact Sheets

Cotton’s Generous Safety Net

May 19, 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

Fact Sheets

Recommendations for Creating an Accountable Farm Safety Net

May 15, 2017

Making federal agriculture policies more accountable to taxpayers will save tens of billions of federal dollars and reduce barriers for the next generation of farmers and promote a more resilient American agriculture.... Read More

Fact Sheets

Benefits of Strengthening Agriculture Conservation Compliance Standards

May 15, 2017

With conservation compliance standards now over 30 years old, it is time to revisit them to ensure the soil and wetland requirements are meeting their goals and delivering a return on investment for taxpayers.... Read More

Fact Sheets

Fiscal Benefits of Measuring and Reporting Agriculture Conservation Program Outcomes

May 12, 2017

To date, most U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) conservation programs have paid landowners to implement certain conservation practices... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Agriculture

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

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

Weekly Wastebasket

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April 28, 2017

A New Dawn at USDA

More than three months after Inauguration Day, the United States Department of Agriculture now has a... 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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