AG/FDA Blog

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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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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Oh, SNAP! Argus Media Loses Again

Parties that litigate a case to the U.S. Supreme Court are few and far between. And while it’s always crushing to lose before the nation’s highest court, most litigants take their lumps and go home. The Argus Leader, a Sioux Falls, South Dakota n… Read More
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Tough Year

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Look back to when this year started – economists and ag experts were all predicting an increase in net farm income. We had a trade deal with China which would give a dramatic boost to grain and meat exports.… Read More
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Food Industry Challenge

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Let’s start with some good news. Russia, Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and other oil producing countries agreed to cut production by 10% – about 11 million barrels. That should give us a modest lift in fuel prices… Read More
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Challenging Times

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. There isn’t a lot of happy talk in the U.S. or around the world. These are depressing times. The Coronavirus sickness and resulting deaths are all you see on tv, hear on the radio or read in the papers. Conce… Read More
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Virus and Low Prices

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. We have never seen anything like the Coronavirus. It has been infecting countries all over the world. I guess that reminds us that we live in a global economy. This virus is an infectious disease that knows no… Read More
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Frozen Economy

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. After months of uncertainty, the biofuels industry got some good news. The EPA had been granting exemptions to small refineries so they were not required to blend ethanol with petroleum fuel. A January ruling b… Read More
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Coronavirus

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. It seems like overnight we went from a booming economy to shutting everything down. Schools are closed, businesses are working online to avoid contact. “Social distancing” is the new way to live. In some st… Read More
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