The Wind Machine

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: Immigration

By |November 24th, 2014|

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●  Now that President Obama has issued his executive order related to immigration, advocates for agricultural employers who have been

Schlect: Cow paths and ports

By |November 19th, 2014|

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● A virtual shutdown of West Coast ports has severely damaged export efforts of our tree-fruit industry. Efforts by

Schlect: Elections aftermath

By |November 5th, 2014|

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● Greg Walden (R/Oregon) should be happy today. The chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee sheparded his flock of

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: Focus on United

By |October 13th, 2014|

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●  The New York Times Magazine issue of October 12 contains a feature article on the school lunch lobbying wars in

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

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