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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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NAFTA Renegotiation: What’s At Stake?

President Trump has made re-evaluating our approach to international trade a centerpiece of his economic agenda.  In addition to putting what appears to be the final nail in the coffin of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Trump has signaled his i… 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: Farm Problems

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block We are looking at record crops of corn, soybeans, and wheat this year.  Dairy farmers are suffering with the lowest prices since 2009.  We have too much milk – not just here in the U.S. but in Europe also.… Read More
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John Block: Brexit and Trade

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block The Brits jump ship and the UK is on its way out of the European Union. I understand the UK getting sick of the regulations and rules written in Brussels, not London. European agriculture is heavily subsidized… Read More
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John Block: Trade

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Today, I want to concentrate on trade. We are in the process of negotiating a trade agreement with the European Union. We have just completed an agreement with 11 other countries (the Trans Pacific Partnership… Read More
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John Block: Trans-Pacific Partnership 2016

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Agriculture is an industry that depends heavily on exports with some 30% of our production sold to other countries. That explains the reason why the Ag industry has so much interest in the Trans-Pacific Partner… Read More
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2015 In Retrospect

Happy New Year, readers!  Yet another year has come and gone.  I hope that 2015 was a good year for you, professionally and personally.  As I look back on 2015, here are a few developments that caught my attention. In January, the House Energy and… Read More
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ITC to Study Economic Effects of TPP, Invites Stakeholders to Participate

Following a request from the U.S. Trade Representative, the International Trade Commission (ITC) has instituted an investigation, Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Likely Impact on the U.S. Economy and on Specific Industry Sectors, under section 1… Read More
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John Block: TPP

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Last week, six former U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture released a letter urging the Congress to pass the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Support for passage is bipartisan and enthusiastic. Standing to… Read More
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