AG/FDA Blog

Jack Block: This and That July 2018

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block I’m going to focus on some different issues today. Trade is in the spotlight. We can only encourage the U.S. and the countries that we have challenged – Canada, Mexico, EU, and China – to sit down and neg… Read More
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John Block: Branstad and Horses

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block I have two subjects to cover today. One that is very hopeful – Governor Terry Branstad, now Ambassador Terry Branstad, is headed to China. The other issue, which is not very hopeful, has to do with horses. Amb… Read More
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John Block: A Lot Going On

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Another week goes by – Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton look to be our Presidential candidates. It’s quite a contrast. Polls indicate that they are in a dead heat, but it’s a long time until November. Tod… Read More
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Regulatory Round-Up Newsletter, Winter 2016

On behalf of the Agriculture practice group at OFW Law, following is a copy of our Winter 2016 newsletter.  We hope you find it useful.  To receive this periodic newsletter by e-mail, please contact Carrie Morgan. Read More
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Beef and Pork are Now Un-COOL, and That’s a Good Thing

America’s meat industry and our trading partners engaged in a collective sigh of relief on Friday. Prior to embarking on his annual Christmas retreat to Hawaii, President Obama signed the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act into law. Tucked into t… Read More
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John Block: TPP

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block After six years of negotiations with 11 Pacific Rim nations, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement has been approved. Regulations will be harmonized and tariffs reduced. Trade will expand between… Read More
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Regulatory Round-Up Newsletter, Fall 2015

On behalf of the Agriculture practice group at OFW Law, following is a copy of our Fall 2015 newsletter.  We hope you find it useful.  To receive this periodic newsletter by e-mail, please contact Carrie Morgan. Read More
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Regulatory Round-Up Newsletter, Summer 2015

On behalf of the Agriculture practice group at OFW Law, following is a copy of our Summer newsletter.  We hope you find it useful.  To receive this periodic newsletter by e-mail, please contact Carrie Morgan at cmorgan@ofwlaw.com. Read More
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Pontifications by Dr. Doom

As described by Dennis Johnson in his recent article from our Regulatory Round-Up Newsletter, the current human illness rate for E. coli O157:H7 has not gone down as documented by the Centers for Disease Control and is, in fact, trending upwards. … Read More
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Can EPA Regulate Animal Operations as Landfills?

Four Washington State dairies are the targets of environmental activists in lawsuits that could have far-reaching consequences for animal agriculture in the United States. In these cases, the environmentalists assert that the dairies’ manure storag… Read More
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