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John Block: Uncertain Times

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Farmers and ranchers across the U.S. are under a lot of stress as we enter planting season. Farm income has been cut in half and uncertainty fills the air as we move into the 2018 year. Trade war – we are… Read More
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Part 1: The House Farm Bill Mark-Up

This week on Wednesday, April 18, the full House Agriculture Committee met and successfully voted to report its version of a 2018 Farm Bill, based on a draft released last week by Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and backed by Committee Repu… Read More
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John Block: Clean Meat

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block All the time, we hear the loud voices of consumer groups that insist the public must be informed about the food we eat. “Label it organic.”  “If it has GMOs, the consumer must know.” … Read More
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John Block: Trade

Pick up a paper or turn on the TV – It’s all about trade. So that’s the subject I’m going to talk about today. Will there be a trade war? Our agriculture industry that exports 20% of what we produce could get pounded pretty hard. A lot of Pre… Read More
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John Block: Where To From Here?

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block I don’t think we have any idea where the Trump tariffs on steel and aluminum will take us. There is still a lot of concern about how they could backfire on us, costing markets and pushing up the cost of cars,… Read More
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John Block: Tariffs

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Just when I was so comfortable with President Trump’s follow through with so many of his campaign promises – conservative judges, tax reform, cuts in regulations, and securing our borders. The stock mar… Read More
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Dietary Guidelines 2020

By Marshall Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse The drafting of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) has started….and it’s a good start. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)… Read More
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How the Federal Government Can Get Biotech Regulation Right

By Nina Fedoroff and Alison Van Eenennaam, as published in the Des Moines Register In his speech at the recent American Farm Bureau convention, President Trump said his administration was “streamlining regulations that have blocked cutting-… Read More
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John Block: Creativity

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block If we are anything in this country, we are creative – from the Internet, to GPS driving my tractor while planting corn. Did you know that Goodyear Tire Company is now using soybean oil to make their tires? If… Read More
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John Block: Down on the Farm

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block I have been on the farm in Illinois the last few days. As we loaded a semi with market hogs and I walked through the barns with baby pigs, it made me think once again about the challenges farmers face. As I rep… Read More
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