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By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Finally – my corn and soybeans are in the ground.  However, as of last Sunday there were 15.8 million U.S. corn acres still unplanted.  The wet spring and ticking time clock have pushed farmers to plant fi… Read More
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Tariffs

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. We all have priorities.  I was delighted when USMCA — our new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada — was completed and agreed to.  The next step is to get all three countries to vote acceptance… Read More
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Another Memorial Day Passed

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Over the last week with Memorial Day we have honored our service men and women that have fought for our country.  Some of them paid the ultimate price.  Think of the thousands and thousands that didn’t sur… Read More
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Anxiety in Farm Country

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. I was on the farm last week.  We did get some corn planted but then the rain came again.  Last year at this time we had all our corn and soybeans planted.  The later we are in getting the seed in the ground… Read More
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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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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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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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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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