Child Nutrition Reauthorization Moves Forward

Reauthorization of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 has been stalled since 2015.  Even though the Senate Agriculture Committee and the House Education and the Workforce Committee reported their respective bills, the Improving Child Nutritio… Read More
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Issues of the Day

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Let’s begin with hemp.  When I was a little boy, hemp was growing wild on the roadsides and ditches.  It was harvested to make rope during World War II.  It is a close relative of marijuana, but it is not… Read More
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FDA’s Final Rule on Intentional Adulteration of Food: Public Meeting and Guidance

FDA has announced a public meeting to discuss its recent Draft Guidance for industry on the agency’s intentional adulteration of food regulation, promulgated under FSMA, i.e., “Mitigation Strategies to Protect Against Intentional Adulteration”… Read More
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Categories: FDA, Uncategorized

FDA Extends Compliance Date for The Produce Rule's Agricultural Water Requirement

As initially announced last week by outgoing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., the compliance dates for  FDA’s agricultural water quality requirements under the “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing… Read More
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Categories: FDA, Uncategorized

President's Budget

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Issues of the Day.  The President’s Budget.  If everything goes according to plan, when we enter our next fiscal year, October 1, we will have a budget passed by the Congress with President Trump’s signa… Read More
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Categories: USDA

Land Grab

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Did you know that Congress passed legislation authorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund to spend 9 billion dollars to buy private land?  The Department of Interior doesn’t have the money to take care… Read More
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Categories: USDA

China & N. Korea

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Priority government issues of the day would have to be trade negotiations with China and President Trump’s meeting with N. Korea leader Kim Jong-un. Our Ag industry has been hurt because China stopped buying… Read More
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Categories: USDA

Debt

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Our economy is booming.  Job growth in 2018 averaged 220,000 new jobs each month.  419,000 workers have come back to work.  The labor force participation rate is up to 63.1 percent.  Wages are up an impress… Read More
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Categories: USDA

Optimism

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Optimism is in the air.  Pessimism is being crowded out.  The second government shut down that looked like a certainty is not going to happen.  President Trump will not get the amount of money he wanted for… Read More
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Categories: USDA

From the Farm

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block This week I was in Peoria, Illinois speaking to the Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association.  I am on my farm now broadcasting on the phone.  Farmers and ag suppliers had a lot of concerns about the go… Read More
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Categories: USDA

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