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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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John Block: Priorities

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block The TV has been dominated by hurricanes. The Texas coast was devastated and next, Hurricane Irma hit Florida. Powerful winds destroyed half of the crops. Orange juice is going to cost $2 per gallon more. We sho… Read More
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John Block: Duarte vs. Big Government

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block You may have heard about the John Duarte wetlands case.  John Duarte, a California farmer, bought 450 acres in 2012.  He plowed and planted it to wheat.  The Army Corps of Engineers, the California Water Qua… Read More
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Texas and Florida Farmers: Time to Face Crop Loss

It will take months to calculate the damage Hurricanes Harvey and Irma unleashed this summer on the states of Texas, Louisiana, and Florida: dozens of lost lives, hundreds of thousands of destroyed homes, tens of billions in property damage and untol… Read More
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John Block: Priorities for 2017

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block We know some people are not happy to see Donald Trump move into the White House. However, many others are very excited. Just go to rural America. Farmers, ranchers, and most red states cannot wait for President… Read More
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CFSAN Issues Updated Guidance on Food Facility Registration

FDA today published notification of the availability of an updated, draft guidance on food facility registration, Questions and Answers Regarding Food Facility Registration (Seventh Edition): Guidance for Industry (Nov. 2016). Publication of this dra… 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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Wheat Faces a Double Challenge

By Marshall Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse.  These comments were first presented to the National Association of Wheat Growers. The 150,000 to 180,000 wheat farmers in America are facing a double-barrel challenge: The declining role and power of… Read More
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OFW Law Trial Team Wins Five Hog Nuisance Cases in Indiana

Beginning in late 2009 and early 2010, attorneys Richard Hailey of Indianapolis, Charles Speer and Britt Bieri of Kansas City, and Richard Middleton brought five lawsuits based on negligence and nuisance in Randolph County, Indiana, on behalf of neig… Read More
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