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October 10, 2019

October 10, 2019

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 a healthy farm economy and prosperous rural America. Thank you.

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The meat industry in the U.S. has been shaken by the explosion of fake meat. Go into your favorite fast food restaurant and you can order a burger that’s not meat. It tastes like a hamburger, but it is soybeans and peas and who knows what. Beyond Meat is one of the companies selling the plant-based burgers and the company’s stock is up 4-fold this year. The meat industry is fighting to stop their new competitors from using the word “meat.” It’s not meat. The dairy industry doesn’t want to hear the word almond milk either. We’ve got something to chew on now. The battle has just begun.

Here is some good news. For years we have been told – red meat is bad for you. Processed meat must be avoided. Now we have a new scientific review by a respected team of researchers. They report that the connection between red and processed meat and cardiovascular health, cancer risk and other health outcomes is not clear. The evidence is not there to recommend that we reduce our consumption of red meat or processed meat. The scientific community is divided on this issue. Consumers will be confused but I’ll feel good when I order my steak and bacon burger.

Some other positive news is that U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer and Japanese Trade Envoy signed a new bilateral trade deal. The agreement will give U.S. agriculture equal access to the Japanese market that was negotiated in the Asian trade deal that President Trump pulled the U.S. out of. President Trump called the new pact with Japan a “game changer” for farmers and ranchers.
Trade talks with China this week. Optimism is not what it could be. On Monday President Trump “blacklisted” 8 Chinese companies. The U.S. will not sell them products that they use in surveillance of Muslim minorities in Western China. Our action is not going to be a positive step for trade negotiations. China has been buying more of our soybeans and pork in the last week or two to warm the atmosphere. Now we have poured cold water on the meeting. I still hold some hope.

Until next week, this is John Block reporting from Washington, D.C. If you would like to review my radio shows going back more than 20 years, just go on-line to www.johnblockreports.com.

Previous Weeks

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July 18 2019

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Some listeners might get tired of hearing about trade disputes.  Why are they important?  Well, for the ag industry it makes the difference between profit and loss because we…

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July 10 2019

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Here I am on the farm in Illinois.  I will update you on what I see, but first I still have our Independence Day Celebration on my mind.  All the national attention and the…

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July 3 2019

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We have just celebrated another Independence Day – parades, fireworks, flags waving.  My flag is up and waving all the time, but on the 4th of July it is really showing off. …

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June 27 2019

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Hot issues of the day – Are we going to war with Iran?  They did shoot down one of our drones worth more than $130 million.  News reports tell us that in response, President…

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June 19 2019

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June 13 2019

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Finally – my corn and soybeans are in the ground.  However, as of last Sunday there were 15.8 million U.S. corn acres still unplanted.  The wet spring and ticking time clock…

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June 6 2019

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We all have priorities.  I was delighted when USMCA -- our new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada -- was completed and agreed to.  The next step is to get all three…

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Another Memorial Day Passed

May 30 2019

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Over the last week with Memorial Day we have honored our service men and women that have fought for our country. Some of them paid the ultimate price. Think of the thousands and…

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Anxiety in Farm Country

May 22 2019

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I was on the farm last week.  We did get some corn planted but then the rain came again.  Last year at this time we had all our corn and soybeans planted.  The later we are in…

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May 15 2019

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Drive a quarter of a mile in any direction while in San Diego and you will see a largebillboard shouting, “Aches and Pains – Cannabis…

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