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Climate Change

November 18, 2020

November 18, 2020

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With the Biden Presidency approaching, climate change has been elevated to talk and perhaps
even action which will affect agriculture and rural America. Powerful voices in our ag industry
are forming the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance. The groups involved include the
American Farm Bureau Federation, Environmental Defense Fund, and the National Council of
Farmer Cooperatives. I see these groups that can differ in a whole host of issues coming together
because they are afraid of the policies that climate change and the Green New Deal could mean
for our industry. Other groups will join the Food and Ag Climate Alliance. You can be sure the
food industry will be there, also forestry. I think this alliance has a big challenge. We need to
find how agriculture can deal with climate change and at the same time defend our food
production industry. A growing world population will need food.

The European Union has a plan – “Farm to Fork” - which is part of the EU Green Deal. They want to make the Union climate neutral by 2050. To accomplish their goal here is what they would do – reduce the use of pesticides by 50%, cut fertilizer by 50%, and increase organic farming by 25%.

A USDA Economic Research Service review concludes that the European plan would result in a 7% to 12% decline in ag production in Europe. EU food prices would rise 17% to 60%. Global food prices would increase by 89% if other countries adapted the EU plan. By 2030 – that’s only 10 years – the world would have as many as 185 million people living with food insecurity. The EU says they can do this Green Deal without seeing reduced production. That’s hard for me to believe. Perhaps the food supply would not fall as much as USDA projects. Countries around the world will take some steps to sequester carbon in the soil and protect water., But if they go to the European extreme, reducing the supply of food, I would expect a big jump in the prices for corn and soybeans – I can’t wait.

Until next week, this 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.

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Busy Week

February 6 2020

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Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week were something for the record books.  On Monday, the first state Iowa held their primary to begin the selection…

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Milk

January 30 2020

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The subject that I want to focus on today is milk.  We keep reading about how many dairy farms have sold their cows and closed their barns.  We…

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American Farm Bureau and More

January 23 2020

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Today, I am calling this program in on the phone.  Farmers and the whole agriculture industry fought through 2019, a very brutal year.  Exports,…

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Issues of the Day

January 16 2020

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The ag industry is excited as a number of trade deals are coming together. We will have a phase one deal with China signed this week. Our annual exports to China that have…

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Stock Market and Middle East

January 9 2020

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America. Thank you.

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As we closed out a very volatile 2019 with some significant victories on trade, on cutting regulations, and on approving conservative new judges for our court system – I did not…

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Look Back and Ahead

January 2 2020

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It’s a New Year. 2020 got here so fast. I want to look back at 2019. For the American ag industry, I think the weather made our production challenges more difficult than I can…

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Christmas

December 26 2019

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Merry Christmas to everyone. I realize that Christmas is not a holiday to celebrate for
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Exciting Week

December 19 2019

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Just when I had concluded that we couldn’t get anything done here in Washington, everything happened at once.

We have a trade deal with China. …

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Football

December 12 2019

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On November 28 we celebrated Thanksgiving. Christmas will be here before you know it. Christmas trees will be decorated with lights and gifts all around. Here in the United…

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Farm Economy and More

December 4 2019

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I want to cover some trade issues today, but first let’s take a look at our farm economy.
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