Tuesday Talks With Dr. Patterson

MAy 2015

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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