Tuesday Talks With Dr. Patterson

Each Tuesday, Dr. Paul Patterson, associate dean for instruction, writes about some of the most pressing current issues facing the agricultural, food and natural resources industries. Watch for his weekly posts here or on our Student Services Facebook or Twitter feeds to join the discussion.

May 19, 2015

Jobs in Agriculture

In the coming weeks Auburn University will begin its orientation sessions for incoming freshmen students and later for transfer students. The College of Agriculture is very excited to welcome this new group of students. For these incoming students, they are entering during a great time for job opportunities in agriculture.

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May 5, 2015

Avian Influenza Update

The current avian influenza outbreak in the United States was discussed in an earlier Tuesday Talk on February 3, 2015. This note provides an update on this outbreak.

The outbreak began in the United States on December 19, 2014 with a case in Oregon involving a backyard poultry flock. It then spread to other backyard flocks in Washington and Idaho. This disease, which is endemic in wild waterfowl, then moved down the Pacific flyway to Stanislaus County, California where a commercial turkey operation was reported infected on January 23, 2015, resulting in 134,400 birds being destroyed, as required under state and federal disease control protocols. A chicken laying hen operation in Kings County was reported as infected on February 12 and 112,900 birds were destroyed. Since then, the disease has spread across the Northern Plains and Midwest into Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas. As it spread, backyard poultry flocks and commercial turkey and egg laying operations have been affected. As of May 1, there have been 114 detections and 21,644,473 birds have been destroyed (APHIS). It is believed that the current outbreak is the largest on record in the United States, surpassing an outbreak involving about 17 million birds in the 1980s (Enoch).

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April 21, 2015

Big Data and Agriculture

Some market observers have described the potential presented by big data in agriculture as transformative as the green revolution or modern plant breeding. However, the concept of big data, as it is applied to agriculture, is not broadly understood. Furthermore, as promising as it is to agriculture, it faces numerous challenges.

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April 7, 2015

California's Drought

On April 1, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown ordered a 25 percent reduction in water usage by California’s 400 water supply agencies, which deliver water to 90 percent of the state’s residents, based on 2013 usage levels. This is California’s first-ever mandatory reduction in water use. The order authorizes the State Water Resources Control Board to impose fines on those agencies not meeting the 25 percent reduction requirement. This reduction is expected to save 1.5 million acre feet (Nagourney). The order directs agricultural water management districts to develop water management and drought management plans. It also calls for increased reporting on groundwater pumping by farmers and water districts (Agri-Pulse). However, agriculture was spared from the mandatory water use reduction in the governor’s order.

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February 2015

Tuesday Talk Posts

• Avian Influenza
• More on Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
• An Arctic Apple a Day?
• Lions, Tiger and Bears, Oh My!

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March 2015

Tuesday Talk Posts

• Still Waiting on Immigration Reform
• Looking for an Agreement on Trade
• Where's the Beef?
• Understanding Agricultural Biotechnologies

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Archives 2014

Check out Tuesday Talks from:
• August 2014
• September 2014
• October 2014
• November 2014
•December 2014

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January 2015

Tuesday Talk Posts

• Cuba, Our Neighbor
• Energy Independence
• Citrus Green and Future Challenges
• Don't Call It Dirt

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