AG/FDA Blog

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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Trump Administration Personnel Update Through October 11: White House, USDA, Defense, Education, HHS, Justice, Amtrak, EPA, USAID, Ambassador of Namibia

More announcements are being made each day.  We will update this list, as appropriate. PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP WHITE HOUSE STAFF Chief of Staff – Reince Priebus – head of the RNC (Resigned July 27, 2017) Gen. John Kelly, former Secret… Read More
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John Block: Renewable Fuels

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block At this time when farmers are suffering with low prices for corn and soybeans, the EPA is making a move that could cut the biodiesel mandate by as much as 315 million gallons. This is not good news for the biod… Read More
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John Block: Priorities

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block The TV has been dominated by hurricanes. The Texas coast was devastated and next, Hurricane Irma hit Florida. Powerful winds destroyed half of the crops. Orange juice is going to cost $2 per gallon more. We sho… Read More
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Nutrition Facts Update: Compliance Date Expected to be Delayed 18 Months

Last Thursday, at the Politico Policy Summit, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced that the new Nutrition Facts requirements compliance date will be pushed back one-year and, subsequently, announced via Twitter that the compliance date extension wil… Read More
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John Block: The To Do List

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block September is here.  Labor Day is behind us.  The To Do list in this town by the end of the month is a heavy lift.  First, we have disaster relief for those devastated by Hurricane Harvey.  But we h… Read More
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Will the Trump Administration Align Compliance Dates for Nutrition Facts Update, GMO Labeling?

Several food industry groups hope so. The responsibility for implementing two major changes to food labeling requirements has fallen on the Trump Administration: Nutrition Facts Panel – On May 27, 2016, FDA published a final rule that will ove… Read More
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John Block: Sanctions on Russia

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block   The U.S. Congress can’t agree on anything. However, they did agree to impose new sanctions on Russia. The vote was almost unanimous. The action is punishment for the Russian cyber intrusions into last… Read More
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The Missing Link in Global Food Security

By Marshall Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse The 2018 Senate Agriculture Appropriations Report notes that global food production will have to increase by 60 percent to meet the needs of 9 billion people forecast for 2050. The report then calls upon… 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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