AG/FDA Blog

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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USDA Guarantees Kosher and Halal Meat Can Be Organic, Too

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has assured the kosher and halal meat industries that the meat they produce with the well-known USDA Organic label can clearly qualify as organic, even though kosher and halal slaughter methods follow religious law… Read More
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FDA DRAFT Guidance: “Ensuring Safety of Animal Feed Maintained and Fed On-Farm”

In earlier blogs, I have mentioned having horses and other animals while growing up on a small farm.  Even now, to my husband’s dismay, I have never outgrown being “horse crazy.”  But during all this time, I never remember being concerned abo… Read More
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No Horsing Around – Nevada Federal Judge Dismisses Burro Suit Against Interior Dept.

The serious environmental problems caused by unchecked wild horse populations on western rangelands are well known to state and local governments, Native American tribes, ranchers and farmers.  Efforts, however, to prompt the U.S. Department of Inte… Read More
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Can EPA Regulate Animal Operations as Landfills?

Four Washington State dairies are the targets of environmental activists in lawsuits that could have far-reaching consequences for animal agriculture in the United States. In these cases, the environmentalists assert that the dairies’ manure storag… 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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Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling: A Short-Sighted, Protectionist Scheme

November 23rd was a significant date for the livestock and meat industry. After more than a decade of lobbying, litigating, and haranguing, all fresh cuts of beef, pork, lamb and chicken sold in retail establishments must bear a label stating the cou… Read More
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John Block: Farm Bill Conflict

We don’t have a budget yet. We don’t have a farm bill. House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) hopes to have a draft bill by week’s end. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Senate Ag Committee Chair, acknowledges there are a lot of differences to be… Read More
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John Block: Down on the Farm

I was on the farm earlier in the week and I am now in Kansas City at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters convention. Harvesting our crop at the farm this fall has been so smooth. However, spring planting season was so difficult. It seemed t… Read More
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FDA Released its Proposed Animal Food Rule: What’s in it?

FDA published its proposed animal food rule, Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals, in the Federal Register yesterday. The proposed rule, which FDA promulgated pursuant to sect… Read More
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