AG/FDA Blog

John Block: Good Things Done

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block From my perspective, our government has been getting some good things done. Remember a year ago when hundreds of out-of-towners blocked the construction of the North Dakota pipeline?  The government spent mill… Read More
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John Block: Trump – AFBF Speech

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block It has been 25 years since a President of the United States addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).  The last President to speak was President George H. W. Bush.  President Donald Trump spoke th… Read More
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Top Priority for the 2018 Farm Bill: Protect Federal Crop Insurance

Of all the issues surrounding a new Farm Bill in 2018, perhaps none unifies American agricultural producers more than Federal Crop Insurance, provided by USDA’s Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC).  Be it North or South, big or small, row cr… Read More
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The Vast Army Fighting Hunger Around the Globe

By Marshall L. Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse When it comes to agriculture research, no organization is as important to our farmers as is USDA and the Agriculture Research Service (ARS). ARS works with our land grant universities to support US fa… Read More
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John Block: Trump's Year

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block I want to look back at 2017. In some respects, President Trump had a pretty rough year with his critics, including much of the mainstream media attacking him without relief. However, I think the case can be mad… Read More
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John Block: Tax Reform Passes, a Present for the Holiday Season

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block The Holiday season is here.  Amazing – Tax reform legislation has passed, and President Trump has said he will sign it.  That is a big Christmas present.  President Trump and Republicans in Congress got it… Read More
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John Block: The U.S. Department of Ag Team

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking a very long time to fill some of our most important management positions. The Administration has 4 under secretary posts unfilled and 3 Assistant Secretary jobs unan… Read More
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John Block: Thanksgiving

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block We just celebrated another Thanksgiving. And we do have a lot to be thankful for. Our economy is roaring with GDP in the 3% range and near full employment. The best advantage that we have is that we don’t liv… Read More
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John Block: Secretary Sonny Perdue

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Last week, I attended the Farm Broadcasters Annual Convention in Kansas City.  Over the last 35 years, I have attended almost all of the NAFB events.  This year’s convention attracted a near-record crowd. … Read More
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John Block: Tax Reform

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Tax reform is a hot topic here in the nation’s capital. That doesn’t mean that Congress will be able to pass the legislation. On paper, the planned tax overhaul will increase the national debt by $1.5 trill… Read More
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