AG/FDA Blog

Trade and GE Tech

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. As much as we would like to – the Ag industry can not escape the week to week and day to day damage that our industry suffers from the ongoing trade fights.  It is just back and forth.  We were hopeful las… Read More
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Trade

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Some listeners might get tired of hearing about trade disputes.  Why are they important?  Well, for the ag industry it makes the difference between profit and loss because we export 20-30% of our farm produc… Read More
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Categories: USDA

Uncertainty in Agriculture

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Agri-Pulse Daybreak reported “when asked if he could say when the U.S. and China would reach an agreement to end this trade war, the U.S. Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Gregg Doud said ‘No is the answer.… Read More
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Did You Know

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Finally – my corn and soybeans are in the ground.  However, as of last Sunday there were 15.8 million U.S. corn acres still unplanted.  The wet spring and ticking time clock have pushed farmers to plant fi… Read More
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Categories: USDA

Tariffs

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. We all have priorities.  I was delighted when USMCA — our new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada — was completed and agreed to.  The next step is to get all three countries to vote acceptance… Read More
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Anxiety in Farm Country

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. I was on the farm last week.  We did get some corn planted but then the rain came again.  Last year at this time we had all our corn and soybeans planted.  The later we are in getting the seed in the ground… Read More
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U.S. Trade Representative Announces Increased Chinese Tariffs, Promises to Provide Exclusion Process

On Wednesday, May 8th, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced plans to increase tariffs to 25 percent on approximately $200 billion worth of goods imported from China. These goods are already subject to an additional 10 percent tariff pursuan… Read More
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Categories: USTR

Spring 2019

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Last Sunday former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar died.  He served 36 years in the U.S. Senate – what an outstanding leader and great guy.  In 1985 we had to write and pass a new farm bill.  As Secretary of A… Read More
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What’s Ahead

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. This weekend I will be on my farm in Illinois.  When I booked my flight, I thought we might be planting corn.  Not likely – too much rain. At this moment I am looking at the latest U.S. Dept of Agriculture… Read More
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U.S. Trade Representative Requests Comments on Potential E.U. Tariffs

On Friday, April 12, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) initiated an investigation to enforce the United States’ rights resulting from the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute that the US filed against the European Union (EU) challenging EU sub… Read More
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Categories: USTR

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