4) MIKE STRAUSS: The ABT Breakfast of Champions

A colleague and I were invited to give a talk at a major national meeting on the subject of technology in agriculture and USDA’s role. The other presentations were dense descriptions of specific aspects of emerging technology and agricultural policy. Ours was different. Following a brief introduction about USDA my colleague said, “There is much here today about technology, but we want to talk to you about breakfast.” We then presented a series of short ABT stories about how USDA research had solved a variety of challenges facing production of the various elements in a typical American breakfast. We were told it was one of the best presentations of the entire meeting and were asked by the organizer to contribute a written form of it as a chapter in an upcoming book.