John Block: What Did We Get Done In 2015?

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block The U.S. Congress didn’t get much done this year until December. Agriculture had a long wish list that just sat on the table. But surprise! We came out better than I thought we would. First, the Congress passe… 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: This & That – The Politics of the Day

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block On the one hand, it makes me smile, and on the other, it makes me scratch my head. A lot of people are not sure if this Congress will get their business done without shutting down the government. I think they wi… Read More
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John Block: Wish List

Last year in January, I presented my wish list for 2014. Let’s take a look at how that worked out. Wish No. 1: “Get a farm bill passed.” To my surprise, we did. Wish No. 2: “Deal with our immigration problem.” Well, the Cong… Read More
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114th Congress – What to Expect in Ag and Food

As the 114th Congress begins in earnest, there is rough sledding ahead this winter over the gulf between the governing philosophies of the President and the new Congress. Not to belabor the obvious, but early indications are that Republican victories… Read More
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10 Things to Watch in 2015

2014 was certainly an interesting year to be involved in agriculture. We got to see supply and demand in full effect. Good weather sent grain prices tumbling while continuing tight supplies have kept cattle prices soaring. The Republicans made strong… Read More
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