AG/FDA Blog

John Block: Trump – AFBF Speech

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block It has been 25 years since a President of the United States addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).  The last President to speak was President George H. W. Bush.  President Donald Trump spoke th… Read More
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John Block: The U.S. Department of Ag Team

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking a very long time to fill some of our most important management positions. The Administration has 4 under secretary posts unfilled and 3 Assistant Secretary jobs unan… Read More
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John Block: Thanksgiving

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block We just celebrated another Thanksgiving. And we do have a lot to be thankful for. Our economy is roaring with GDP in the 3% range and near full employment. The best advantage that we have is that we don’t liv… Read More
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John Block: Secretary Sonny Perdue

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Last week, I attended the Farm Broadcasters Annual Convention in Kansas City.  Over the last 35 years, I have attended almost all of the NAFB events.  This year’s convention attracted a near-record crowd. … Read More
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John Block: NAFTA

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Today, let’s talk about trade and tax reform. President Trump wants to improve the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the Congress is presenting a tax reform package. NAFTA is in the spotlight r… Read More
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John Block: Trade Worries

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Worries about our ag trade are escalating. Farmers are desperate. We export more than a quarter of what we produce. Farm prices are in the tank. Any wrong move that would cause us to lose markets would be a dev… Read More
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John Block: Ag Issues 2017

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture posted the announcement of this year’s World Food Prize Foundation laureate.  At one time, he was the Nigerian Minister of Agriculture, and he now runs the Afric… Read More
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John Block: This and That 2017

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Tip of the day— “Seven percent of all American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows.”  “One in five adults don’t know that hamburgers are beef.”  We have a major education chal… Read More
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John Block: Branstad and Horses

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block I have two subjects to cover today. One that is very hopeful – Governor Terry Branstad, now Ambassador Terry Branstad, is headed to China. The other issue, which is not very hopeful, has to do with horses. Amb… Read More
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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… Read More
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