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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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Trade is Key for Agriculture

By Senator Bob Dole and Marshall Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse Perhaps no sector of the American economy is more dependent on trade than agriculture. It is the life blood of the heartland supporting over 15 million jobs throughout the United Stat… Read More
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John Block: New Year 2017

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block The new year is upon us.  2017, like any new year, presents many unknowns – perhaps even more this year.  I want to review where we are at today and look at where we may be going this year. Since Donald Trum… Read More
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John Block: Labor Day and Tough Times

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block My agenda for this post will be Labor Day and Tough Times.  I want to begin by saying how much respect I have for the hard-working men and women that labor in the trenches day in and day out.  I’m not talk… Read More
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John Block: Farm Problems

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block We are looking at record crops of corn, soybeans, and wheat this year.  Dairy farmers are suffering with the lowest prices since 2009.  We have too much milk – not just here in the U.S. but in Europe also.… Read More
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John Block: Regulations and Licensing

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block We hear a lot of talk about the economy. It’s not growing as fast as it should. Two percent growth is just too slow. It has taken forever to recover from the 2008 recession. There are a lot of opinions about… Read More
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John Block: Look Back at 2014

Year 2014 is history now. It seemed like a lot of bad things happened. After fighting in the Middle East for more than a decade to neutralize the terrorists and bring stability to Iraq, overnight Islamic State militants took over half of Syria and Ir… Read More
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John Block: Mid-Term Elections

At last – the mid-term election is behind us. President Obama had said that although he was not on the ballot, his policies were. The nation’s voters repudiated those policies. Republicans were voted in and Democrats voted out. Some races are sti… Read More
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