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TCS Comments to USDA on New Income Entitlement Programs

August 28, 2014 | Agriculture

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

Shallow Loss Programs May Surpass Cost of Old Subsidy Schemes

August 12, 2014 | Fact Sheets | Agriculture

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

Effective Tax Rates of Oil & Gas Companies: Cashing in on Special Treatment

July 30, 2014 | Reports & Data | Budget & Tax , Energy

Effective Tax Rates of Oil & Gas Companies: Cashing in on Special Treatment From 2009 through 2013, large U.S.-based oil and gas companies paid far less in federal income taxes than the statutory rate of 35... Read More

$58 billion “Emergency” Overseas Operations Spending equals 5th Largest Federal Agency

June 30, 2014 | Fact Sheets | National Security

$58 billion “Emergency” Overseas Operations Spending equals 5th Largest Federal Agency At Taxpayers for Common Sense, we don’t advocate cutting federal spending in one department or agency and moving it to another. But... Read More

Updated: Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels Fact Sheet

June 20, 2014 | Fact Sheets | Agriculture , Energy

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

Updated: Rural Energy for America Program Fact Sheet

June 20, 2014 | Fact Sheets | Agriculture , Energy

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

Updated: Repowering Assistance Program Fact Sheet

June 20, 2014 | Fact Sheets | Agriculture , Energy

Updated: Repowering Assistance Program  Fact Sheet The Repowering Assistance Program, administered by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development office, reimburses biorefineries for using biomass sources like wood chips and perennial grasses as a heat and power source instead of fossil fuels.... Read More

Updated: Biomass Research and Development Initiative Fact Sheet

June 20, 2014 | Fact Sheets | Agriculture , Energy

Updated: Biomass Research and Development Initiative Fact Sheet The Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) provides grants to companies, universities, and government research centers to research and develop (R&D) and demonstrate new ways to refine various types of feedstocks and crops into biofuels or biobased chemical and products.... Read More

Updated: Biomass Crop Assistance Program Fact Sheet

June 20, 2014 > Updated: July 24, 2014 | Fact Sheets | Agriculture , Energy

Updated: Biomass Crop Assistance Program Fact Sheet The Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), a new program added to the energy title in the 2008 farm bill, was intended to spur development of advanced biofuels derived from non-food and feed crops.... Read More

Updated: Biorefinery Assistance Program Fact Sheet

June 19, 2014 | Fact Sheets | Agriculture , Energy

Updated: Biorefinery Assistance Program Fact Sheet 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

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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