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Congressional Agenda

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Last week, I attended the beautiful service at the National Cathedral for our 41st President George H.W. Bush.  On the radio, I talked about the George Bush that I knew.  This week, we will move on.  Here i…
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President Bush

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. The passing of President George H. W. Bush has brought the whole nation to focus on his life and the contributions that he made to our country.  President Reagan brought the Soviet Union down, but President B…
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Opinion: The Obesity Equation Calories in; Calories Out

During this Holiday Season, we all enjoy those extra calories and special desserts. It is part of giving thanks and enjoying family. There is no need to give that up, but let’s also keep an eye on the obesity equation. Food labeling regulations an…
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Busy Week

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Last week was really busy.  Three days at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters Convention in Kansas City.  If you listen to farm radio, your broadcaster was probably there.  I’ve been going for a…
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Mid-Term and More

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Yes, I have something to say about the mid-term elections, and I will get to that in a minute.  But first, we have been worried about the trade disputes with China and how their tariffs have cost us.  Finall…
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Election and Hate Crimes

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. There has been a lot going on in the last week.  I will focus on some of those topics. One of the saddest happenings would be the deadly attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh by a lone anti-Semit…
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Debt

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Some good news – President Trump will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires in November. Can they jump start a process to resolve our trade war? We hope. The European Union…
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Bob Lighthizer

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Will President Trump’s nominee for Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh be approved? We may know by the time you hear this radio commentary. I think he will. It would be a sad outcome if he is rejected. On another s…
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Uncertainty

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block The agriculture industry in the U.S. is dealing with a lot of uncertainty. Falling prices and trade wars top the list. We expect our exports to grow faster than our imports. However, for 3 years in a row, that…
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Down on the Farm August 2018

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This radio commentary is brought to you by the National Corn Growers Association, CropLife America, and Renewable Fuels Association. They are all friends, supporters, and allies of healthy farm economy and p…
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