Ran across this press release from Food Distributors International,
by ex-Reagan-USDA secretary, your pal n mine, John "Jack" Block.
And here's what he had to say!!
September 29, 1998
Former Agriculture Secretary Jack Block Urges Market Driven Farm
Program; FDI Chief Joins Two Other Former Secretaries at Farm Show
WINDFALL, IND. - John R. Block, U.S. Agriculture Secretary in the
Reagan Administration, today called on Congress to allow market
forces, "as opposed to government dictates," to drive America's farm
"There is trouble in farm country," Block acknowledged in remarks
prepared for delivery during the annual Farm Progress Show here. Now
president of Food Distributors International, Block was set to appear
with former Secretaries Bob Bergland, who served under President
Jimmy Carter, and Earl Butz, who served under both Presidents Nixon
"Let the markets work," said Block. "Let market signals, not
governmental dictates, determine farm prices."
Block said he regretted that Congress refused last week to approve
the "fast track" legislation that would have given President Clinton
the power to negotiate trade deals without them being subjected to
amendment on Capitol Hill.
"This was important to our economy and to agriculture," Block said.
"The President needs to put more of an effort in getting this bill
passed next year. It was members of his own party who supported
organized labor who were responsible for this defeat."
Block also called on Congress to approve proposed tax cut legislation
now pending in the House, noting that the Republican-backed measure
would provide significant help to farmers and small businesses,
including estate tax relief, additional reductions in capital gains
taxes, and new health insurance deductions for small businesses and
The Farm Progress Show is the largest farm show in the Midwest and
includes three days of exhibits and demonstrations. It draws some
250,000 spectators and participants.
Oh golly. I don't know that there are pixels enough in the cosmos to
do this justice, so I'll just stop here. If you want to read some of
his other illuminated verbalizations, here is FDI's home page:
And here are links to his excogitations:
The piece where he ridicules ergonomics and OSHA efforts to cope
with newly emerging occupational injuries is especially prime.
Michele Gale-Sinex, communications manager
Center for Integrated Ag Systems
UW-Madison College of Ag and Life Sciences
Voice: (608) 262-8018 FAX: (608) 265-3020
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