AG/FDA Blog

Optimism

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Optimism is in the air.  Pessimism is being crowded out.  The second government shut down that looked like a certainty is not going to happen.  President Trump will not get the amount of money he wanted for… Read More
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Categories: USDA

From the Farm

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block This week I was in Peoria, Illinois speaking to the Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association.  I am on my farm now broadcasting on the phone.  Farmers and ag suppliers had a lot of concerns about the go… Read More
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Categories: USDA

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 Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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