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Farm Economy and More

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. I want to cover some trade issues today, but first let’s take a look at our farm economy. It’s better than it was last year – better than it was the year before. $92 billion net income is the forecast. W… Read More
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Oh SNAP! FNS Removes All Names from the SAM List

GSA’s System for Award Management is a comprehensive database of persons excluded from doing business with the federal government.  Widely known as the SAM List, most of the people whose names can be found there were debarred or suspended from doi… Read More
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Challenges We Face

By former USDA Secretary  John R. Block. I have a number of subjects I will put on the table today.  I want to open by reporting that I thought the National Association of Farm Broadcasters had an outstanding convention last week in Kansas City. … Read More
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Trade Deals

By former USDA Secretary  John R. Block. All we hear about are the trade deals we can’t get completed.  Our new agreement with Mexico and Canada (USMCA) sits in limbo without Congressional approval.  We withdrew from the newly negotiated Asian t… Read More
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Rough Road We Ride

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. We are all quite aware that the Ag Industry has had it tough the last 3 or 4 years.  Let’s look at what we have experienced.  Some of these numbers come from Successful Farming and Top Producers. Look back… Read More
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This & That

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. The meat industry in the U.S. has been shaken by the explosion of fake meat.  Go into your favorite fast food restaurant and you can order a burger that’s not meat.  It tastes like a hamburger, but it is s… Read More
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Harvest

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Last week I was on the farm.  Looking out over the fields of corn and soybeans, I couldn’t help but recall how hard it was to get this year’s crop in the ground.  We did get some of our corn planted the… Read More
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GE Salmon

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. I will be on our farm in Illinois later in the week.  We haven’t harvested any corn or beans yet, but it is time to get started.  When I look out over our fields, I can’t help but think about the roller… Read More
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Farm Safety Week

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Ever since the past administration rewrote the WOTUS (Waters of the U.S.) rule, farmers have complained about the government’s over reach.  President Trump has acted.  Agriculture Secretary Perdue had this… Read More
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Today's Issues

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. They are back.  House Members and Senators, after a long summer recess, are back to work.  Let’s hope they can get something done.  Our fiscal year ends September 30 so they have 3 weeks to pass a stop ga… Read More
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