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John Block: Gene Editing

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block To kick this off with some serious facts, let me ask – did you know that 7% of all American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows?  One in five adults doesn’t know that hamburgers are ma… Read More
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John Block: Forest Fires

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block There aren’t any forest fires here in the east near Washington, D.C. No raging fires near our farm in Illinois. But the front pages of the Washington Post and the Washington Times both tell us the west is bur… Read More
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John Block: Ag Issues 2017

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture posted the announcement of this year’s World Food Prize Foundation laureate.  At one time, he was the Nigerian Minister of Agriculture, and he now runs the Afric… Read More
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John Block: This and That 2017

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Tip of the day— “Seven percent of all American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows.”  “One in five adults don’t know that hamburgers are beef.”  We have a major education chal… Read More
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John Block: Government Overreach

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block I talked this week with John Duarte, a California farmer. He is in trouble. He bought 450 acres in 2012. He plowed it and planted it for wheat. He now faces $2.8 million in civil penalties because he did not ge… Read More
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Think This is Biotech Regulatory Relief? Not Yet.

By Dr. Nina Fedoroff, as published in Agri-Pulse USDA and FDA proposals to regulate genetically engineered (GE) plants and animals following the recent update of the regulatory framework are on their websites awaiting public comment by June 19, 201… Read More
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John Block: Branstad and Horses

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block I have two subjects to cover today. One that is very hopeful – Governor Terry Branstad, now Ambassador Terry Branstad, is headed to China. The other issue, which is not very hopeful, has to do with horses. Amb… Read More
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John Block: Budget

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Back in March, President Trump gave us a look at his budget plan. Although without much detail, it made clear to us that one of his highest priorities was to downsize the federal government. And, he would do tha… Read More
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Should Your Establishment Appeal a FSIS Decision?

By Brett Schwemer, as published in The National Provisioner To appeal or not to appeal; that is the question Establishments regulated by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) frequently face the dilemma on whether to appeal agency decisions… Read More
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John Block: Two Issues

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block “Trump’s Tax Plan Would Spur Growth” – that is the headline in a recent Wall Street Journal paper.  First, let me say that President Trump’s tax reform plan is not very specific.  I think that is goo… Read More
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