AG/FDA Blog

John Block: Sound Science

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Last week on Saturday, it was Earth Day.  I always thought of Earth Day as a celebration of the earth with its natural beauty and, of course, the food and crops it provides to feed everything living – especia… Read More
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John Block: How Do We Raise Prices?

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block I can report that I was on my Illinois farm last week.  Weather was beautiful and we planted 360 acres of corn.  Then it rained.  At least we got started.  It is always exciting when you first hit the field… Read More
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John Block: Confirmation Process

This week, I stopped by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and met with Governor Perdue’s Chief of Staff and Policy Advisor, Brian Klippenstein. It was a short visit but we all agreed that we desperately need to get Sonny Perdue confirmed. All of t… Read More
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John Block: Slow Process

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block President Trump took his oath of office with a priority list of actions he wanted to take in his first 100 days. It has not been easy. In the first place, I don’t think his team had prepared enough to move qui… Read More
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Good Grammar Matters Under the Law

I have been accused by my children of being a “Grammar Nazi.”  After years of haranguing, they know better than to end a sentence with a preposition in my presence (and, hopefully, when I am not around).  Another of my pet peeves is the common… Read More
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John Block: Farm Economy

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block I was back on the farm in Illinois last week.  I’m glad to report that the pigs are healthy and happy, and we are ready to start planting next month.  Some farms are not as fortunate. Wild fires have burned… Read More
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John Block: Organic Foods

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Before focusing on today’s ag issue, I want to pay tribute to Clayton Yeutter.  Clayton passed away Saturday, March 4 – age 86 – having served as U.S. Trade Ambassador and Secretary of Agriculture for Pre… Read More
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John Block: Trump Speaks

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block President Trump’s first major address to a joint session of Congress got a lot of attention. He told us what he is going to do. He reminded us what he has already done. He worked to sell his vision for the cou… Read More
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John Block: Two Issues

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block I have two issues to put forward today. They aren’t related, but we are going to have more discussion about each of them this year. President Trump tells us he will put forth a tax reform plan with tax cuts. S… Read More
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John Block: Controversy is Good

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block The headlines in the papers and on the evening highlights: “White House in Crisis” and “Conflicts Between Trump Appointees.” Yes – for anyone following the new President and Republican Congress’s eff… Read More
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