AG/FDA Blog

Rough Road We Ride

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. We are all quite aware that the Ag Industry has had it tough the last 3 or 4 years.  Let’s look at what we have experienced.  Some of these numbers come from Successful Farming and Top Producers. Look back… Read More
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This & That

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. The meat industry in the U.S. has been shaken by the explosion of fake meat.  Go into your favorite fast food restaurant and you can order a burger that’s not meat.  It tastes like a hamburger, but it is s… Read More
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Harvest

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Last week I was on the farm.  Looking out over the fields of corn and soybeans, I couldn’t help but recall how hard it was to get this year’s crop in the ground.  We did get some of our corn planted the… Read More
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GE Salmon

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. I will be on our farm in Illinois later in the week.  We haven’t harvested any corn or beans yet, but it is time to get started.  When I look out over our fields, I can’t help but think about the roller… Read More
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Farm Safety Week

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Ever since the past administration rewrote the WOTUS (Waters of the U.S.) rule, farmers have complained about the government’s over reach.  President Trump has acted.  Agriculture Secretary Perdue had this… Read More
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Today's Issues

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. They are back.  House Members and Senators, after a long summer recess, are back to work.  Let’s hope they can get something done.  Our fiscal year ends September 30 so they have 3 weeks to pass a stop ga… Read More
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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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Ag Industry

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. We keep reading that unless we increase farm production, we won’t be able to feed all the people in the world by 2050.  One way to boost food production is to respond to higher prices.  The market will tel… Read More
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Budget Deal

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. There were a lot of doubters, including myself, but it looks like we will get a budget deal.  It will raise our national debt ceiling and set new spending limits for 2 years.  The new budget will authorize t… Read More
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Oh, SNAP! Federal District Court Judge Orders FNS to Remove Owner of SNAP Retailer’s Name from the SAM List

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Not surprisingly, that means that FNS is required to follow regulations and guidance issued by USDA.  This fundamental concept appears to have been for… Read More
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