AG/FDA Blog

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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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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Trade

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block For some time now on the question of trade, all we have focused on is our trade war with China.  I will talk about that today.  But I also want to remind everyone that trade differences with Europe should als… Read More
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Cabinet Luncheon

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Christmas is behind us and the New Year is off to a wild start.  But today, I want to talk about the Cabinet Secretaries luncheon that we held on December 14, just before Christmas.  The luncheon was held at… Read More
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Congressional Agenda

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Last week, I attended the beautiful service at the National Cathedral for our 41st President George H.W. Bush.  On the radio, I talked about the George Bush that I knew.  This week, we will move on.  Here i… Read More
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President Bush

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. The passing of President George H. W. Bush has brought the whole nation to focus on his life and the contributions that he made to our country.  President Reagan brought the Soviet Union down, but President B… Read More
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Elite Food Standards and More

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Thank you, God, for all of our blessings.  Look at the turmoil, poverty, and destruction around the world.  On this Thanksgiving Day, let’s not fail to appreciate our nation and our people.  (I’m glad t… Read More
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USTR Requests Comments on Negotiating Objectives for Potential Deals with UK, EU & Japan

As the Trump administration moves forward with its trade agenda focused on bilateral agreements, the Office of the U. S. Trade Representative (USTR) has invited comments from stakeholders on potential trade agreements with the post-Brexit Read More
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Busy Week

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Last week was really busy.  Three days at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters Convention in Kansas City.  If you listen to farm radio, your broadcaster was probably there.  I’ve been going for a… Read More
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Report from Uganda

Uganda is in the final stages of debating biosafety legislation that will make it possible for the country to begin using genetically modified (GM) agricultural plants, such as bacterial wilt-resistant bananas, brown streak virus-resistant cassavas a… Read More
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