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John Block: Trump – AFBF Speech

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block It has been 25 years since a President of the United States addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).  The last President to speak was President George H. W. Bush.  President Donald Trump spoke th… Read More
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Top Priority for the 2018 Farm Bill: Protect Federal Crop Insurance

Of all the issues surrounding a new Farm Bill in 2018, perhaps none unifies American agricultural producers more than Federal Crop Insurance, provided by USDA’s Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC).  Be it North or South, big or small, row cr… Read More
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John Block: Thanksgiving

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block We just celebrated another Thanksgiving. And we do have a lot to be thankful for. Our economy is roaring with GDP in the 3% range and near full employment. The best advantage that we have is that we don’t liv… Read More
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John Block: Secretary Sonny Perdue

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Last week, I attended the Farm Broadcasters Annual Convention in Kansas City.  Over the last 35 years, I have attended almost all of the NAFB events.  This year’s convention attracted a near-record crowd. … Read More
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John Block: This and That 2017

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Tip of the day— “Seven percent of all American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows.”  “One in five adults don’t know that hamburgers are beef.”  We have a major education chal… Read More
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John Block: Budget

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Back in March, President Trump gave us a look at his budget plan. Although without much detail, it made clear to us that one of his highest priorities was to downsize the federal government. And, he would do tha… Read More
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John Block: Two Issues

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block I have two issues to put forward today. They aren’t related, but we are going to have more discussion about each of them this year. President Trump tells us he will put forth a tax reform plan with tax cuts. S… Read More
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John Block: Controversy is Good

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block The headlines in the papers and on the evening highlights: “White House in Crisis” and “Conflicts Between Trump Appointees.” Yes – for anyone following the new President and Republican Congress’s eff… Read More
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John Block: Perdue as Ag Secretary

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block The news of the day is that Donald Trump is President. His critics are in shock. I say – “get over it.” He has tapped Governor Sonny Perdue for Secretary of Agriculture. Perdue grew up on a Georgia farm an… Read More
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John Block: Vilsack – 8 Years

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Last week, I – along with 2 other former Secretaries of Agriculture (Ann Veneman and Dan Glickman) – attended the portrait unveiling ceremony of Secretary Tom Vilsack at the Department of Agriculture.  Vils… Read More
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