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Government Gridlock & More

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. We have not heard much about the threat of African Swine Fever. Even China seems to be recovering from that devastating disease. But now the swine industry in Germany is worried. Poland has been suffering swine… Read More
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Categories: USDA

Register by September 16 to receive early bird discount on OFW/Food Institute Virtual Food Labeling Course

OFW and The Food Institute will be holding their annual Food Labeling Seminar on October 7, 8, and 9. The virtual training course will cover everything you need to know about food labeling in today’s marketplace. The course will first cover basics… Read More
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Categories: FDA

Taiwan and More

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Taiwan – Let us keep in mind that China claims the island of Taiwan as part of China. But the citizens of Taiwan do not see it that way. Eleven men and women between the ages of 16 and 33 bought a speed boat… Read More
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Categories: USDA

Corn

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. I want to open today by talking about corn. There are a lot of crops planted in the Midwest, but none as important to the economy as corn. When I grew up we fed the corn that we produced to our pigs, cows, and… Read More
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More Spending – More Aid

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. It was so easy and so fast in the Spring — when Republicans and Democrats came together and authorized big spending to support our people and the economy. We didn’t have the money. They spent $3 trillio… Read More
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Categories: USDA

Weather & Trade

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. All reports from the heartland tell us that this year’s crops look good. Corn and soybeans on my farm are as good as I can remember. However, they are not ready to harvest. A hot dry August could do some seri… Read More
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Virus Relief Package

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. We have 2 parties – Republicans and Democrats in our Congress. And then we have President Trump. They all want to pass a new relief package to help us through our coronavirus recession. Democrats want to spen… Read More
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Issues

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. I will cover some issues of the day that may not have gotten much attention. The U.S. and Russia have a long-range nuclear arms agreement that will expire next February. The agreement was negotiated and went in… Read More
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Categories: USDA

Issues of the Day

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. President Trump held a meeting with farm leaders on Tuesday at the White House. Secretary Sonny Perdue explained how the $16 billion aid package passed by Congress and signed by the President two months ago wou… Read More
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Mother on My Mind

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Being in lock down like most of our citizens and trying to celebrate Mother’s Day made me think. My mother was so dedicated to my 2 sisters, me and of course my dad. Mom & Dad were married in 1934 and in… Read More
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