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John Block: Donald Trump

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Today, I’m going to talk about President Donald Trump – policies, issues, tweets and all. Yes, I think he tweets too much or, at least, he should limit his tweets to policies and avoid personal attacks. I u… 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: Trump Wins

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block It’s a new day.  Donald Trump was elected President of the United States.  Washington, D.C. is in shock.  It wasn’t supposed to turn out this way.  Clinton was supposed to win. A year and a half ago, Do… Read More
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John Block: Ag Industry United

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block In these times of low farm prices, it is encouraging to see farm associations and leaders stepping up to protect our farmers and ranchers. The CEOs of CropLife America, the National Corn Growers Association, an… Read More
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John Block Reports: A Case Against Mandatory GMO Labeling

OFW Law founding principal Richard L. Frank fills in for former USDA Secretary John R. Block: Hello everybody out there in farm country. This is Rick Frank sitting in for John Block. This radio commentary is brought to you by John Deere and the Natio… Read More
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New EPA Worker Protection Standard for Farmworkers

On September 28, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an advance publication of its revisions to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) for farmworkers.  The revised WPS imposes new requirements for farm owners to protect workers against t… Read More
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John Block: EPA Overreach

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block There they go again. The EPA has threatened to impose a fine of $37,500 per day on farmer Andy Johnson of Fort Bridger, Wyoming. Mr. Johnson’s offense is that he built a pond for his horses and cattle on his… Read More
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John Block: Wish List

Last year in January, I presented my wish list for 2014. Let’s take a look at how that worked out. Wish No. 1: “Get a farm bill passed.” To my surprise, we did. Wish No. 2: “Deal with our immigration problem.” Well, the Cong… Read More
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10 Things to Watch in 2015

2014 was certainly an interesting year to be involved in agriculture. We got to see supply and demand in full effect. Good weather sent grain prices tumbling while continuing tight supplies have kept cattle prices soaring. The Republicans made strong… Read More
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U.S. Congress -- Both Chambers are controlled by Republicans: What now?

What now?  The answer is quite a lot. It remains to be seen whether the change-over in the U.S. Senate, putting both chambers of Congress in the hands of Republicans, will do anything to alter the modus operandi of the Obama presidency — which… Read More
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