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June 13, 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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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 have pushed farmers to plant fields before they are dry.  This has been a very tough planting season. 

U.S. corn production will drop like a rock.  We just don’t know how much.  Our soybean crop will also suffer.  President Trump threatened to impose new tariffs on Mexico unless they help to cut off the streams of immigrants from Central America.  Well that got their attention.  Mexico will be sending troops to help close the door.

Also, the word is that as early as next week, Mexico will vote to approve USMCA- our new NAFTA.  Canada and U.S. will still need to vote.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a new 52-page study of school meals in response to the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act passed in 2010.  Our students are eating more fruits and vegetables.  We can only hope that all the ads and national news about what to eat and what not to eat will give us healthier citizens.  Perhaps we will see a reduction in obesity.  A positive note is that the cost of eating more fruits and vegetables isn’t any more today than it was in 2013.  So, get your exercise.  Eat more protein and less sugar and carbs.

Did you know that last year was the wettest on record? Did you know that GMO’s are considered safe to eat by a majority of scientists,  including the National Academy of Science, the World Health Organization and the American Medical Association?  But only 1/3 of consumers accept that view.

Did you know that camels’ milk could be the next super food?  Rich in iron, vitamins B and C, low in fat and can fight diseases like diabetes.

When I was Ag Secretary and in Saudi Arabia standing beside a camel, the farmer handed me a cup of that camel’s milk.  I drank some of it.  I have been healthier ever since.

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

Tariffs

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…

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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…

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Cannabis – The Wild, Wild West

May 15 2019

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This is Rick Frank sitting in for John Block. 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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Drive a quarter of a mile in any direction while in San Diego and you will see a largebillboard shouting, “Aches and Pains –…

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Global Economy

May 9 2019

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Is this a global economy or what? We have been in a trade war with China for nearly 2 years. Farm and ranch exports have suffered a dramatic set back. Soybean prices are in…

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Spring 2019

May 1 2019

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Last Sunday former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar died. He served 36 years in the U.S. Senate – what an outstanding leader and great guy. In 1985 we had to write and pass a new…

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Down on the Farm April 2019

April 26 2019

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Earlier this week, I was on the farm in Illinois, and I want to talk to you about that.

I had a chance to meet and talk to neighbors and friends, and I always ask them about…

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What’s Ahead

April 18 2019

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This weekend I will be on my farm in Illinois.  When I booked my flight, I thought we might be planting corn.  Not likely – too much rain.

At this moment I am looking at…

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Creativity

April 11 2019

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From farm to fork the food industry is doing more than its share to hold inflation down.  The US Department of Agriculture projects only a 1 percent increase in the cost…

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Swine Fever & USMCA

April 4 2019

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What should we focus on today?  Let’s start with African Swine Fever.  ASF is the deadliest disease threatening the pork industry.  It is estimated that China has lost…

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