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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: 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: Cuba And More

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block I want to review a few issues today as we plan our farming operation and look over the horizon at next year’s opportunities and challenges. U.S. farm income this year is expected to be down again, hitting an 8… Read More
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John Block: Ag Day

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Last week was Ag Day. In fact, it was an Ag Week. Agri-Pulse had a panel of speakers talking about one of our industry’s biggest challenges – how do we communicate about our industry today? Very few people… Read More
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Wheat Faces a Double Challenge

By Marshall Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse.  These comments were first presented to the National Association of Wheat Growers. The 150,000 to 180,000 wheat farmers in America are facing a double-barrel challenge: The declining role and power of… Read More
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John Block: Agriculture Today

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block We read and hear so much about our weak economy. The stock market is going through a correction. Well, that is what is happening on the farm, too.  Not just our farms, but European farms also. U.S. farmers are… Read More
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U.S. Farm Income

A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report from earlier in the month revealed that national net farm income—a key indicator of U.S. farm well-being—is forecast at a record $131 billion in 2013, up 15% from last year, and about $13 billion a… Read More
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