AG/FDA Blog

John Block: Perdue as Ag Secretary

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block The news of the day is that Donald Trump is President. His critics are in shock. I say – “get over it.” He has tapped Governor Sonny Perdue for Secretary of Agriculture. Perdue grew up on a Georgia farm an… Read More
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John Block Reports: Barack Hussein Obama – A Retrospective

Today, OFW Law founding principal Richard L. Frank fills in for former USDA Secretary John R. Block on his weekly radio broadcast: As we prepare to launch the Trump Administration, I thought it useful and appropriate to take a quick look back at ou… Read More
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Organic Reform

By Marshall Matz and Peter Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse The House of Representatives’ Freedom Caucus lists the USDA National Organic Program as one that should be a high priority for reform under President-elect Donald Trump. We agree. T… Read More
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John Block: Vilsack – 8 Years

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Last week, I – along with 2 other former Secretaries of Agriculture (Ann Veneman and Dan Glickman) – attended the portrait unveiling ceremony of Secretary Tom Vilsack at the Department of Agriculture.  Vils… Read More
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What Is “Dietary Fiber”(for Purposes of Nutrition Labeling)?

FDA has issued two notices for publication in the Federal Register: A Request for Scientific Data, Information, and Comments (comments due within 45-days of publication); and A notice of availability about a draft guidance (comments due within 60-da… Read More
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An Early Look at Some Congressional Changes Impacting Agriculture

With the House and Senate remaining under Republican majorities, it is very unclear what matters may be handled in the lame duck session, and which ones will be pushed into the 115th Congress.  Some will want to extend the Continuing Resolution fro… Read More
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Oh, SNAP! Connecticut Judge Affirms Permanent Disqualification of New Haven Grocery

The U.S. Food and Nutrition Service (“FNS”) administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“SNAP”).  Formerly known as “food stamps,” this important federal nutrition benefit program serves over 45 million Americans by increa… Read More
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Dr. Betsy Booren Joins OFW Law as Senior Policy Advisor

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Betsy L. Booren, who specializes in food safety policy development and analysis, has joined OFW Law as Senior Policy Advisor.  Most recently, Dr. Booren served as Vice President of Scientific Affairs for the North… Read More
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Crop Insurance: Priority # 1

As published in Agri-Pulse “I have sometimes thought it might be well to establish an office of insurance for farms against the damage that may occur to them from storms, blights, insects, etc. A small sum paid by a number would repair such los… Read More
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FDA’s Strategic Plan for Foods and Veterinary Medicine

The agency on July 14, 2016 published FDA Foods and Veterinary Medicine Program (FVM) – Strategic Plan — Fiscal Years 2016–2025.  This FVM Program outlines goals and objectives for the next 10 years: GOAL 1: Food Safety Hazards — Pro… Read More
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