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From Washington with John Block

A weekly conservative commentary from former Secretary of Agriculture under Ronald Reagan. A listener favorite as Mr. Block delves into issues important to American agriculture each week.

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This radio commentary is brought to you by the National Corn Growers AssociationCropLife America, and Renewable Fuels Association. They are all friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy and prosperous rural America.

From Washington with John Block: Tough Times

The U.S. government will enter a new fiscal year. Our federal government will close down if our Congress does not pass a Continuing Resolution to approve funding in the new fiscal year. If Congress can get it done to avoid a shut down, (and I think they will) they will probably only extend business until sometime in December. Then they will have to act again to get through the rest of fiscal year 2023. [READ MORE…]

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From Washington with John Block: Challenges

We face some serious global challenges. The human population has doubled in the last 50 years to 8 billion. We will need productive farmland to increase food production and forest land to get the wood to build houses. Demand for land has pushed land prices to a record level. [READ MORE…]

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From Washington with John Block: Issues

With all the concern about climate change, countries around the world are looking for ways to reduce carbon emissions. We have been told for years that ethanol blended fuel will burn cleaner and reduce green house gas emissions. Here is what Geoff Cooper, President of the Renewable Fuels Association had to say: “Ethanol offers a significant and immediate carbon savings.” [READ MORE…]

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From Washington with John Block: Inflation

Let me open by reading a statement from Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA). “Without a robust rural America, people in the city are going to wake up hungry, and the more I learn about cotton, they’re going to wake up naked too.” I like that quote. We don’t want the consuming public to forget the essential value of the farmers, ranchers, and whole ag industry. [READ MORE…]

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