Christian Schlect

DC Shufflings

By |June 14th, 2013|

●  USDA has shuffled its leadership deck, especially as related to international trade policy. Sue Heinen, leader of the [...]

The Apple Cart

By |May 28th, 2013|

●  A new group is being formed to help American agricultural interests better understand and interact with the international [...]

Boughs Loaded With Fruit

By |May 20th, 2013|

●  I attended United Fresh 2013 last week in San Diego, the annual convention and trade show of the [...]

To The Midway

By |May 10th, 2013|

Immigration Reform and the Farm Bill are both moving, however haltingly, on Capitol Hill. We will soon see if [...]

Stern Truths

By |April 30th, 2013|

● Last Friday, I attended a breakfast meeting in Yakima hosted by the William D. Ruckelshaus Center’s advisory board. [...]


By |April 25th, 2013|

● Max Baucus (D/Montana) announced on Tuesday he will not run for re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2014. [...]

A Week Awhirl

By |April 19th, 2013|

● This week provided a spike of activity on three major agricultural policy fronts: food safety, immigration reform, and [...]

Food Safety

By |April 12th, 2013|

● The May 16 deadline looms for public comments on two of the proposed rules implementing the Food Safety [...]

Snap, crackle, pop

By |April 2nd, 2013|

Our tree fruits often find themselves featured in the logos designed for special events. Some current examples: peach for [...]

Merry Gone

By |March 27th, 2013|

One of the federal sequestration cuts is the suspension by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service of several reports, including [...]