Tuesday Talks With Dr. Patterson

October 2014 ARCHIVES

OCTOBER 28, 2014

I BELIEVE IN WORK

"I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work. … I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellow men. … And because Auburn men and women believe in these things, I believe in Auburn and love it." (Petrie)

These lines taken from the Auburn Creed by George Petrie say a lot about Auburn men and women. They should be important to you. They are certainly important to the College of Agriculture at Auburn University.

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OCTOBER 21, 2014

MORE SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

The term or phrase “sustainable agriculture” is a popular one today. However, I have often thought of the phrase as a pleonasm-the redundant use of words, such as free gift, true fact, cold ice, hot fire, or wet water. Most agricultural producers pursue their enterprises in a way to maximize profits, while protecting the environment, protecting the productive capacity of their natural resources for future generations, and being conscious of how their actions affect their communities. As such, they are living by the tenants of sustainability. Unfortunately, agricultural producers do not get as much credit as they deserve for being good stewards of the natural resources they use.

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OCTOBER 14, 2014

CHICKEN AND EGGS

So what did come first, the chicken or the egg? In California, the chicken comes first, even before low income households. On October 2, U.S. District Court Judge Kimberly Mueller dismissed a lawsuit filed by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster challenging California law AB 1437. Mr. Koster was joined in this lawsuit by the Attorneys General in Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. AB 1437 requires all states selling eggs in California to follow the production practices now required in California. The California production practice was established through a 2008 voter referendum (Proposition 2) and requires that laying hens kept in cages must have sufficient room to “lie down, stand up, fully extend their limbs and turnaround.”

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OCTOBER 7, 2014

BUY LOCAL

In conversations with business leaders in the fruit and vegetable industry, I often ask if the drought in California will result in increased fruit and vegetable production in the Southeast, particularly Alabama, where water supplies are more abundant. Many say yes, but they add that the buy local or farm-to-table movement is also an important motivating factor. While some may have dismissed the buy local movement as a fad, the new farm bill and recent announcements by USDA suggest that it is here to stay.

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