AG/FDA Blog

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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Swine Fever & USMCA

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. What should we focus on today?  Let’s start with African Swine Fever.  ASF is the deadliest disease threatening the pork industry.  It is estimated that China has lost as much as 30% of their swine.  We… Read More
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No Collusion

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. After 2 long years of distraction and political attacks, Special Counsel Mueller released his report.  “The Trump campaign did not conspire or coordinate with the Russian government.”  “The Witch Hunt… Read More
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Issues of the Day

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Let’s begin with hemp.  When I was a little boy, hemp was growing wild on the roadsides and ditches.  It was harvested to make rope during World War II.  It is a close relative of marijuana, but it is not… Read More
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President's Budget

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Issues of the Day.  The President’s Budget.  If everything goes according to plan, when we enter our next fiscal year, October 1, we will have a budget passed by the Congress with President Trump’s signa… Read More
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Land Grab

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Did you know that Congress passed legislation authorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund to spend 9 billion dollars to buy private land?  The Department of Interior doesn’t have the money to take care… Read More
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Debt

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Our economy is booming.  Job growth in 2018 averaged 220,000 new jobs each month.  419,000 workers have come back to work.  The labor force participation rate is up to 63.1 percent.  Wages are up an impress… Read More
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Optimism

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Optimism is in the air.  Pessimism is being crowded out.  The second government shut down that looked like a certainty is not going to happen.  President Trump will not get the amount of money he wanted for… Read More
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From the Farm

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block This week I was in Peoria, Illinois speaking to the Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association.  I am on my farm now broadcasting on the phone.  Farmers and ag suppliers had a lot of concerns about the go… Read More
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Trade

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block For some time now on the question of trade, all we have focused on is our trade war with China.  I will talk about that today.  But I also want to remind everyone that trade differences with Europe should als… Read More
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