Chris Schlect

Schlect: A cold Arctic blast

By |February 17th, 2015|

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● USDA announced last Friday its deregulation of a Canadian firm’s–Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc.–two varieties (Granny Smith and Golden) of

Schlect: State of the Union

By |January 27th, 2015|

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● The Foreign Agricultural Service has long been viewed as an elite arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, staffed

Schlect: On the docks

By |December 12th, 2014|

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● This fall’s disruptions of ocean shipping–that have lacerated our tree fruit exports–beg for some type of long-term remedy.

Good Point: That unwashed grape

By |November 26th, 2014|

FSMA is another example of how a good idea (here, improved food safety for consumers) is forged into a federal law with little understanding by legislators of the complexities of the actual situation.

Schlect: Cherry Street

By |October 27th, 2014|

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● The Produce Marketing Association has hired a new team, Cornerstone Government Affairs, to represent it in Washington, D.C. Hunt Shipman

Schlect: Food Safety — We’re Covered

By |September 23rd, 2014|

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● Last Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued its anticipated revisions to four proposed rules implementing

Schlect: Mr. Hastings

By |September 4th, 2014|

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●  Yesterday, Congressman Doc Hastings (R/Washington), who will be retiring at the end of the 113th Congress after two

Schlect: From Russia without love

By |August 12th, 2014|

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● Russia’s economic ban on U.S. agricultural goods will affect the Pacific Northwest’s apple and pear export programs this

Schlect: Rediscovery of an advisory committee

By |July 30th, 2014|

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● Secretary Tom Vilsack announced yesterday his long-awaited appointment of 25 members to the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee,

Schlect: Vetter clears Senate, takes U.S. chief agricultural negotiator job

By |July 24th, 2014|

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● Darci Vetter, on July 10, cleared the Senate’s confirmation process and now holds the job of “U.S. Chief Agricultural

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