AG/FDA Blog

President-Elect Trump and NAFTA

Donald Trump’s “Contract with the American Voter” lists a number of actions that he plans to take in his first one hundred days in office.  Among those actions is to “announce my intention to renegotiate the NAFTA or withdraw fr… Read More
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Beef and Pork are Now Un-COOL, and That’s a Good Thing

America’s meat industry and our trading partners engaged in a collective sigh of relief on Friday. Prior to embarking on his annual Christmas retreat to Hawaii, President Obama signed the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act into law. Tucked into t… Read More
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John Block: Repeal COOL

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block The World Trade Organization ruled this week that Canada and Mexico can impose retaliatory tariffs on our exports to their countries to the tune of more than 1 billion dollars per year. This is serious. It can… Read More
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John Block: “COOL” Isn’t Cool

By John R. Block As a farmer, we understand that if you have something that doesn’t work, you fix it. It will just cost you money if you ignore the problem. Somehow, the federal government doesn’t seem to understand that common sense fact. The C… Read More
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114th Congress – What to Expect in Ag and Food

As the 114th Congress begins in earnest, there is rough sledding ahead this winter over the gulf between the governing philosophies of the President and the new Congress. Not to belabor the obvious, but early indications are that Republican victories… Read More
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10 Things to Watch in 2015

2014 was certainly an interesting year to be involved in agriculture. We got to see supply and demand in full effect. Good weather sent grain prices tumbling while continuing tight supplies have kept cattle prices soaring. The Republicans made strong… Read More
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Edward Farrell, Esq., Joins OFW Law

We are pleased to announce that Edward J. Farrell, Esq., an expert on international trade, customs and agriculture matters, has joined OFW Law as a Principal. Please click the announcement, below, to enlarge it. 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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Former Secretary Block Comments on Farm Bill

Will we get a farm bill or won’t we get a farm bill? No one knows at this point. There are still a number of unanswered questions. The biggest fight is over how much to cut the spending on food stamps. We have 50 million people receiving food stamp… Read More
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