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John Block: Trade

Pick up a paper or turn on the TV – It’s all about trade. So that’s the subject I’m going to talk about today. Will there be a trade war? Our agriculture industry that exports 20% of what we produce could get pounded pretty hard. A lot of Pre…

John Block: Where To From Here?

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block I don’t think we have any idea where the Trump tariffs on steel and aluminum will take us. There is still a lot of concern about how they could backfire on us, costing markets and pushing up the cost of cars,…

John Block: Tariffs

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Just when I was so comfortable with President Trump’s follow through with so many of his campaign promises – conservative judges, tax reform, cuts in regulations, and securing our borders. The stock mar…

NAFTA Re-Negotiation Objectives: USTR Requests Public Input

The U.S. Trade Representative  (USTR)  is seeking “public comments on matters relevant to the modernization of NAFTA in order to inform development of U.S. negotiating positions.”  This is an opportunity for anyone impacted by U.S. tra…

President-Elect Trump and NAFTA

Donald Trump’s “Contract with the American Voter” lists a number of actions that he plans to take in his first one hundred days in office.  Among those actions is to “announce my intention to renegotiate the NAFTA or withdraw fr…

John Block: Trade

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Today, I want to concentrate on trade. We are in the process of negotiating a trade agreement with the European Union. We have just completed an agreement with 11 other countries (the Trans Pacific Partnership…

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…

John Block: Repeal COOL

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block The World Trade Organization ruled this week that Canada and Mexico can impose retaliatory tariffs on our exports to their countries to the tune of more than 1 billion dollars per year. This is serious. It can…

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 w…

John Block: Free Trade With Europe

We should get a farm bill in January. It appears that we now have a budget. That helps because now the Ag Department will know how much money the Department has to spend. Let’s keep the pressure on to get it done. The subject that I want to focus o…

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