Tuesday Talks With Dr. Patterson

November 2014

November 25, 2014

Time for Turkey

This week many American families and groups of friends will gather to celebrate the Thanksgiving Day holiday. So, it is time for turkey, but it is also time to be thankful, to remember others, and be conscious of the food choices we make.

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NOVEMBER 18, 2014


This year, Congress and the President of the United States have turned their attention to one important agricultural input – bees. Bees and the services of commercial beekeepers, who move hives around agricultural production areas, contribute to the successful production of at least 100 agricultural crops through their pollination activities. It is estimated that this contribution is worth $15 billion annually in the United States and over $100 billion globally (Wilson-Rich). However, U.S. beekeepers have been afflicted with the so-called colony collapse disorder (CCD), where the worker bees in a hive simply disappear. This has resulted in the number of viable hives declining by as much as 30 percent per year over the last few years. Given the importance of honey bees to commercial agriculture, this has raised new concerns or certainly has created a buzz.

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November 11, 2014

Smith-Lever Act, 100 Years Later

This year marks the one-hundredth anniversary of the passage of the Smith-Lever Act on May 8, 1914. The Smith-Lever Act established federal funding, matched by state and local funds, to support cooperative extension activities in each state and territory affiliated with the land-grant institutions established through the Morrill Act. The intent was to provide education to the public as a way of transmitting new knowledge and discoveries from the land-grant institutions to the people of the state in order to enhance economic productivity and improve lives.

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NOVEMBER 4, 2014


"He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands."

These lines taken from the Declaration of Independence describe one of the complaints by the colonists of the United States of America against King George’s tyranny. Alas, we are still debating immigration laws.

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