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John Block Reports: Bowman v. Monsanto—The Decision

OFW Law founding principal Richard L. Frank fills in for former USDA Secretary John R. Block on John Block Reports. In a remarkable 9-0 decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Vernon Bowman, an Indiana soybean farmer, violated Monsanto… Read More
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John Block Reports: FDA – Coming to a Farm Near You

OFW Law founding principal Richard L. Frank fills in for former USDA Secretary John R. Block on John Block Reports. Just last week, marking the second anniversary of Congress’s passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act, FDA proposed comprehensiv… Read More
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A Reality Check for Organic Food Dreamers

Modern farming methods offer the best hope to feed the world’s billions By John R. Block I grew up on a farm in Knox County, Ill., and I still farm the family land. We grow corn, soybeans and wheat, and we raise hogs. A generation ago, we lost… Read More
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John Block Reports: California’s Preposterous Prop 37

OFW Law founding principal Richard L. Frank fills in for former USDA Secretary John R. Block on John Block Reports. On Election Day, California voters will decide on another food labeling ballot initiative, one that is being watched intently by the f… Read More
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OFW Law's John Block Participates in Panel of Former USDA Secretaries

By John R. Block, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 1981-1985 Recently, I had the pleasure of joining three other former Secretaries of Agriculture at the University of Nebraska for a lively and informational discussion to celebrat… Read More
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John Block Reports: A Visit to St. Petersburg / Back in the USSR

OFW Law founding principal Richard L. Frank fills in for former USDA Secretary John R. Block on John Block Reports. We just returned from summer vacation to the Baltic, including St. Petersburg, Russia. Mother Russia hasn’t really changed all that… Read More
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John Block Reports: Tabloid Journalism – ABC News Slimes Lean Beef

OFW Law founding principal Richard L. Frank fills in for former USDA Secretary John R. Block on John Block Reports. Reaching new lows in broadcast television journalism, ABC News several weeks ago ran an investigative report unfairly and inaccurately… Read More
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John Block Reports: The Case for Obama

OFW Law founding principal Richard L. Frank fills in for former USDA Secretary John R. Block on John Block Reports. Remember, I’m Jack’s moderate Democrat colleague. We support the same priorities – a healthy and prosperous agricultural sector.… Read More
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John Block Reports: Pain and Productivity

OFW Law founding principal Richard L. Frank fills in for former USDA Secretary John R. Block on John Block Reports. The bad news just keeps rolling in. The unemployment rate rests at 9% with over 400,000 new applicants each week. Worse yet, many folk… Read More
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John Block Reports: Holiday in Europe – Food Safety Gets Personal

OFW Law founding principal Richard L. Frank fills in for former USDA Secretary John R. Block on John Block Reports. Over the past 35 years, I have acted as food safety counsel to a wide array of agriculture interests in the United States including pr… Read More
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