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Former Ag Secretary John Block – “Happy New Year”

We all know that the beginning of a new year is a time to make resolutions to guied us in how we want to live a new year. You can’t look ahead without reflecting back. And as I look back, I’m grateful to live in the United States of America and for the goodness that our country stands for, and that gratitude is only magnified as we fight the terrorist and try to safeguard the country.

When I look back on the past I remember my mother and father and the sacrifices that they made and the values that they passed on to us. When I was back on the farm I stood by their graveside and the memories came flooding back. Baseball games, and showing pigs at the 4-H show, pulling weeds in the soybean fields, milking cows, by hand of course, and I think to myself have we measured up to the ideals of our parents. And I hope so.

From my days at West Point I recall some of the words of the Cadet Prayer and I think these words give us guidance on how we may want to live the New Year:

“May our religion be filled with gladness and may our worship of Thee be natural, encourage us in our endeavors to live above the common level of life may us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong. And to never be content with a half-truth when the whole can be won.
Kindle our hearts in fellowship with those of a cheerful countenance and soften our hearts with sympathy for those who sorrow and suffer. Help us to maintain he honor of the Corps in doing our duty to Thee and our country. All of which we ask in the name of the Great Friend and Master of All, Amen.”

And Happy New Year to each of you, I’m John Block in Washington. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.