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Ag Issues 2017

June 28, 2017

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This radio commentary is brought to you by the National Corn Growers Association and CropLife America. They are friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy and prosperous rural America. Thank you.

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This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture posted the announcement of this year’s World Food Prize Foundation laureate. At one time, he was the Nigerian Minister of Agriculture and now runs the African Development Bank – Akinwumi Adesina. He has been a leader in transforming African agriculture. In attending that event, I talked to Secretary Perdue and Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley. They both think the Trump Team is moving the country in the right direction. It isn’t easy with serious policy divisions in the Congress and in the country. I thank them both for their leadership.

Will we ever get Obama Care off the Table? It needs to be fixed or repealed. President Trump met with Indian Prime Minister Modi this week and pushed to get India to lift its trade barriers. India has refused to import U.S. poultry for 10 years and continues to close the door on our pork. They have been slow-walking their process to approve our biotech crops.

Secretary Perdue and Ambassador Branstad will be in China this weekend. Very exciting! After years of being shut out of that market, a cargo of U.S. beef has been accepted in China. China is potentially a big market for our beef. To celebrate the breakthrough into that market, our Secretary of Agriculture and Ambassador will sit down to a dinner of Nebraskan beef in China. They could have had that beef right here at home. But they have a lot of trade work to do.

The Waters of the U.S. rule has been threatening farmers and ranchers since it was imposed by President Obama. That rule interferes with good farming practices and farm property rights. It is just a start, but the Trump Administration is going to repeal it. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said that a replacement rule would be released by the fourth quarter this year. Here is what Speaker Paul Ryan had to say: “The west has finally won over the Obama Administration WOTUS rule. This regulation would have been a disaster for rural communities in the west and across the country, giving Washington near-total control over water resources.” I say, get this done and we will have reason to celebrate again.

The 4th of July is almost upon us. God Bless America and I am John Block from Washington.

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This and That 2017

June 22 2017

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Tip of the day— “Seven percent of all American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows.” “One in five adults don’t know that hamburgers are beef.” We have a major education…

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Government Overreach

June 15 2017

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I talked this week with John Duarte, a California farmer. He is in trouble. He bought 450 acres in 2012. He plowed it and planted it to wheat. He now faces $2.8 million in civil penalties because he did not…

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Trade and Climate Change

June 8 2017

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Two subjects today – It is time to renegotiate NAFTA, but we don’t want to get into a fight that could cost agriculture. Mexico does not have any tariffs on our farm exports. Mexico spends $19 billion on…

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Branstad and Horses

June 1 2017

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I have two subjects to cover today. One that is very hopeful – Governor Terry Branstad, now Ambassador Terry Branstad, is headed to China. The other issue, which is not very hopeful, has to do with horses.

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Budget

May 25 2017

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Back in March, President Trump gave us a look at his budget plan. Although without much detail, it made clear to us that one of his highest priorities was to downsize the federal government. And, he would do…

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Two Issues

May 18 2017

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“Trump’s Tax Plan Would Spur Growth” – that is the headline in a recent Wall Street Journal paper. First, let me say that President Trump’s tax reform plan is not very specific. I think that is good.…

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GE Science

May 11 2017

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I am encouraged. I think that we have some pretty strong voices in the Trump Administration speaking out in support of agriculture. Our strongest voice comes from Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. He said…

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Perdue’s Agenda

May 4 2017

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It’s only been a week since confirmation, but Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has hit the ground running. He has ordered that schools be given more flexibility in their school lunch programs, more local…

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Sound Science

April 27 2017

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Last week on Saturday, it was Earth Day. I always thought of Earth Day as a celebration of the earth with its natural beauty and, of course, the food and crops it provides to feed everything living –…

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How Do We Raise Prices?

April 20 2017

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I can report that I was on my Illinois farm last week. Weather was beautiful and we planted 360 acres of corn. Then it rained. At least we got started. It is always exciting when you first hit the field with…

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