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Washington wastes billions of taxpayer dollars annually on inefficient and outdated agriculture policies that do not address the realities of 21st-century agriculture, modern economies, or our nation’s current financial challenges.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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New GAO Report Recommends Cut in Crop Insurance Subsidies

September 08, 2014

New GAO Report Recommends Cut in Crop Insurance Subsidies Today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report providing more evidence that reducing federal crop insurance premium... Read More

Letters & Testimony

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

Our Take

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

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Fact Sheets

Updated: Biorefinery Assistance Program Fact Sheet

October 03, 2014

The Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (formerly the Biorefinery Assistance Program), administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development office, is intended to provide grants and loan guarantees to producers of advanced biofuels or heat and power from various bioenergy crops and feedstocks.... Read More

Fact Sheets

Updated: Rural Energy for America Program Fact Sheet

September 24, 2014

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

Fact Sheets

Shallow Loss Programs May Surpass Cost of Old Subsidy Schemes

August 12, 2014

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

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

TCS appearances in the media in Agriculture

Making Exceptions to Austerity Rules

October 06, 2014 | CQ Roll Call

In an era of budget austerity,some agencies and programs seem to be immune from spending cuts on Capitol Hill. These favored agencies have... Read More

New Fiscal Year Resolutions

October 02, 2014 | U.S. News & World Report

Oct. 1 is the start of federal fiscal year 2015, and like all New Year's days, today offers a chance to reflect on the past year and look to... Read More

A Mandate for Higher Prices

September 30, 2014 | U.S. News & World Report

Any day now, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce final volumes of biofuels required to be blended with U.S. gasoline... Read More

Farm-State Democrat Risks Defeat Even After Saving Aid

September 18, 2014 | Bloomberg

U.S. Representative Collin Peterson is banking his re-election on the sugar beet. Peterson has been a reliable friend to the industry,... Read More

The U.S. Inversion Problem

September 03, 2014 | Capital Insider

U.S. lawmakers and consumers are up in arms over a recent deal to move Burger King to Canada. Many analysts say the deal makes business... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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October 17, 2014

Making Hay Out of Dams

California may be dubbed the “Golden State” but when you look at the drought monitor map, it’s more like the... Read More

The Unaffordable F-35

Corporate Welfare in Agribusiness

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How US agriculture policy favors corporations over family farms.

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Subsidies Keep the Good Times Rolling

August 28, 2014

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Bribing to Subsidize

October 03, 2014