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USTR Requests Comments on Negotiating Objectives for Potential Deals with UK, EU & Japan

As the Trump administration moves forward with its trade agenda focused on bilateral agreements, the Office of the U. S. Trade Representative (USTR) has invited comments from stakeholders on potential trade agreements with the post-Brexit

Mid-Term and More

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Yes, I have something to say about the mid-term elections, and I will get to that in a minute.  But first, we have been worried about the trade disputes with China and how their tariffs have cost us.  Finall…
Categories: Public Policy, USDA

Debt

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Some good news – President Trump will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires in November. Can they jump start a process to resolve our trade war? We hope. The European Union…
Categories: USDA

Issues and Opportunities

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. When President Trump announced a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, he said: “It is a very big deal for farmers. The new NAFTA, which is USMCA, has a very good ring. The ag industry across the count…
Categories: USDA

NAFTA Deal and More

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Issue number 1 – China is very unhappy that President Trump has imposed heavy tariffs on Chinese exports. Tensions have escalated. When I was in China with the Farm Broadcasters in June, we had a long meeting…
Categories: USDA

Jack Block: This and That August 2018

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Good news – ethanol exports are up 33% so far this year.  By year’s end, we should exceed last year’s record of 1.38 billion gallons. Turn to hogs – we have raised hogs on my farm all my life.  I know…

Jack Block: This and That July 2018

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block I’m going to focus on some different issues today. Trade is in the spotlight. We can only encourage the U.S. and the countries that we have challenged – Canada, Mexico, EU, and China – to sit down and neg…

John Block: Trump Trumps NATO

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Before I focus on this week’s subject, I just want to say a few words about the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Scott Pruitt led the EPA as President Trump’s “deregulator in chief.” He aggressive…

Jack Block: Trade and China

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block I am headed to China this week with 30 farm broadcasters and farm and ranch leaders. We will talk to Ambassador Terry Branstad and other U.S. representatives in our Embassy and spend time with Chinese governmen…

Jack Block: China

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Next week, I am going to China. Last November, I was asked by the National Association of Farm Broadcasters to lead a team of farm broadcasters and ag leaders to visit China. At that time, we all knew how impor…

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