John R. Block Reports from Washington September 17, 2020 “Constitution Day and More”

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.

And now for today’s commentary –

Did you know that September 17 is Constitution Day?  Our country has the longest continuous running Constitution in the world – 230 years.  We have endured a Civil War, a Great Depression,two World Warsn and now a deadly pandemic.  In 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King put it this way:  “When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.  All men would be guaranteed the undeniable rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.”  We need to support and defend our Constitution.  We need justice in our courts that will defend our Constitution.  It has served as our foundation all these years.

Good news for corn farmers and biofuels.  President Trump ordered the EPA to reject the petitions from 54 refineries asking for exemptions.  They do not qualify for economic hardship exemptions.  Blend in the ethanol as the law states.  Another Trump Executive Order that could make a huge difference in the cost of prescription drugs was just issued.  If the order is successfully implemented, it should bring the cost of drugs in the US more closely aligned with what other countries charge.  Of course, you know our medical industry will challenge this one.

Back to the farm – we are all aware that crop herbicides have their critics.  I remember walking the corn fields with other high school boys hoeing the weeds.  I also recall in 1992 going to Monsanto and being briefed on biotech crops that were tolerant of new deadly weed killers.  The Farm Journal has the story.  Here is the title: “Rob Farley’s Biotech Shot was Heard Round the World.”  It is a powerful story.  In 1996 4.3 million acres of biotech crops were planted.  This year we have 500 million acres of biotech crops across the globe.  We do not need kids to hoe the corn fields anymore.  The weeds are gone.

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