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John Block: This and That 2017

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Tip of the day— “Seven percent of all American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows.”  “One in five adults don’t know that hamburgers are beef.”  We have a major education chal… Read More
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John Block: Branstad and Horses

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block I have two subjects to cover today. One that is very hopeful – Governor Terry Branstad, now Ambassador Terry Branstad, is headed to China. The other issue, which is not very hopeful, has to do with horses. Amb… Read More
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NAFTA Re-Negotiation Objectives: USTR Requests Public Input

The U.S. Trade Representative  (USTR)  is seeking “public comments on matters relevant to the modernization of NAFTA in order to inform development of U.S. negotiating positions.”  This is an opportunity for anyone impacted by U.S. tra… Read More
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John Block: GE Science

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block I am encouraged. I think that we have some pretty strong voices in the Trump Administration speaking out in support of agriculture. Our strongest voice comes from Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. He said a… Read More
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John Block: Perdue’s Agenda

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block It’s only been a week since confirmation, but Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has hit the ground running.  He has ordered that schools be given more flexibility in their school lunch programs, more local c… Read More
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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: Confirmation Process

This week, I stopped by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and met with Governor Perdue’s Chief of Staff and Policy Advisor, Brian Klippenstein. It was a short visit but we all agreed that we desperately need to get Sonny Perdue confirmed. All of t… Read More
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John Block: Slow Process

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block President Trump took his oath of office with a priority list of actions he wanted to take in his first 100 days. It has not been easy. In the first place, I don’t think his team had prepared enough to move qui… 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: 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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