Weather & Trade

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. All reports from the heartland tell us that this year’s crops look good. Corn and soybeans on my farm are as good as I can remember. However, they are not ready to harvest. A hot dry August could do some seri… Read More
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Virus Relief Package

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. We have 2 parties – Republicans and Democrats in our Congress. And then we have President Trump. They all want to pass a new relief package to help us through our coronavirus recession. Democrats want to spen… Read More
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QHC for Cranberry Products and Reduced Risk of Recurrent Urinary Tract Infection in Healthy Women

FDA has published a letter of enforcement discretion, which it sent to legal counsel for Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., that authorizes a qualified health claim (QHC) for specific cranberry products when consumed in specific amounts by specific peopl… Read More
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7/21/20 OFW Law Daily COVID-19 News Conference Summary

President Donald Trump held a 30-minute press conference beginning at 5:15 this afternoon. Summary of the President’s remarks and questions: The President said the purpose of today’s press conference was to provide an update on the Administration… Read More
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Categories: Public Policy

Pandemics Costs Money

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. We are trying to survive a global pandemic, trade disruptions, and trade conflicts. Farm bankruptcies have been increasing for 5 years in a row. And they are expected to continue to climb in the next 12 months.… Read More
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Pandemic Costs

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. In recent weeks, the news has focused on the number of cases of Coronavirus and related deaths. We are aware of the large amount of money and support that our federal government has made available, but I’m no… Read More
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Issues of the Day

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. For more than 2 years the U.S., Canada and Mexico have been negotiating a new North American Free Trade Agreement. Finally, USMCA became effective this week. Even with the new trade deal, President Trump has th… Read More
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2020 Dietary Guidelines Near the End of Stage One

By: Julia Johnson On Wednesday, June 16, the 2020, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) hosted a public meeting to review their draft scientific report. A new edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans is published every 5-years and… Read More
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China and More

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. I have, on more than one occasion, talked about President Trump and EPA in their effort to restrain President Obama’s Waters of the U.S. rule. That rule was written to restrict farmers and ranchers from t… Read More
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Issues

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. I will cover some issues of the day that may not have gotten much attention. The U.S. and Russia have a long-range nuclear arms agreement that will expire next February. The agreement was negotiated and went in… Read More
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