AG/FDA Blog

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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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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John Block: Uncertain Times

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Farmers and ranchers across the U.S. are under a lot of stress as we enter planting season. Farm income has been cut in half and uncertainty fills the air as we move into the 2018 year. Trade war – we are… Read More
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Part 1: The House Farm Bill Mark-Up

This week on Wednesday, April 18, the full House Agriculture Committee met and successfully voted to report its version of a 2018 Farm Bill, based on a draft released last week by Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and backed by Committee Repu… Read More
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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… Read More
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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,… Read More
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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… Read More
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