Crop Insurance Arbitration: Navigating the Landmines

Two years ago, a Kentucky farmer won an unusual $640,000 arbitration award against his Federal crop insurance AIP (approved insurance provider).  During the arbitration, the farmer presented evidence to prove that the AIP had mishandled his policy,… Read More
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FARMERS: Yes, heavy spring rains can affect your FCIC crop insurance coverage.

It’s no secret that weeks of heavy rain and snow melt have wreaked havoc with farm operations across the Midwest this spring.  Sixty tornadoes hit the lower plains last weekend alone, and rivers in some areas are cresting at levels not seen since… Read More
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U.S. Trade Representative Announces Increased Chinese Tariffs, Promises to Provide Exclusion Process

On Wednesday, May 8th, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced plans to increase tariffs to 25 percent on approximately $200 billion worth of goods imported from China. These goods are already subject to an additional 10 percent tariff pursuan… Read More
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Categories: USTR

Global Economy

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Is this a global economy or what?  We have been in a trade war with China for nearly 2 years.  Farm and ranch exports have suffered a dramatic set back.  Soybean prices are in the tank and corn is not looki… Read More
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Categories: USDA

Spring 2019

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Last Sunday former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar died.  He served 36 years in the U.S. Senate – what an outstanding leader and great guy.  In 1985 we had to write and pass a new farm bill.  As Secretary of A… Read More
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What’s Ahead

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. This weekend I will be on my farm in Illinois.  When I booked my flight, I thought we might be planting corn.  Not likely – too much rain. At this moment I am looking at the latest U.S. Dept of Agriculture… Read More
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Categories: USDA

U.S. Trade Representative Requests Comments on Potential E.U. Tariffs

On Friday, April 12, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) initiated an investigation to enforce the United States’ rights resulting from the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute that the US filed against the European Union (EU) challenging EU sub… Read More
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Categories: USTR

FDA Proposes New Fluoride Limits for Bottled Water

On April 3, 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a proposed rule that lowers the maximum amount of fluoride allowed in some bottled water products. If finalized, the rule would place an upper limit of 0.7 milligrams per liter of fluo… Read More
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FDA Begins to Move on CBD Policy and Enforcement

Earlier this week, the FDA made significant movement on issues and policy involving cannabis and its components, including cannabidiol (CBD).  The agency issued a notice in the Federal Register announcing a hearing and requesting comments on “scie… Read More
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Swine Fever & USMCA

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. What should we focus on today?  Let’s start with African Swine Fever.  ASF is the deadliest disease threatening the pork industry.  It is estimated that China has lost as much as 30% of their swine.  We… Read More
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