Budding Pecan Tree Growers Can
Learn about Native American Crop
Each spring, Tommy Thompson dresses in a "space suit" and visits 6th- to 8th-grade classes in his hometown of College Station, Texas. Dr. Thompson does this because he's a mentor--a teacher who helps young people learn new and interesting things.
His hobby is beekeeping and he shares what he knows about bees with young people. The space suit he wears is actually a special suit to protect him from bee stings. His real work is breeding pecan trees in the only national pecan tree breeding program in the world, operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
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