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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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John Block: European Trade Deal

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block The Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement is sitting in Congress now. It was not an easy process to get the deal this far. If we can find the votes to pass it, it will be a big win for the American farmer.… Read More
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John Block: TPP

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block After six years of negotiations with 11 Pacific Rim nations, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement has been approved. Regulations will be harmonized and tariffs reduced. Trade will expand between… Read More
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Inclusion in the TPP May Come at a Cost for Canada

As President Obama signed Trade Promotion Authority into law, he removed a major stumbling block to completion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiation when chief negotiators, and then Ministers, meet in Maui July 24-31.  However, a… Read More
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