Monday links

January 08, 2018

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What’s the latest in the fields of agriculture, food safety, animal science and toxicology? Check it out here.

Animal Science:

Extended cold spells pose risks to livestock — University of Kentucky
Residents of the Northern Hemisphere already are deep in the throes of winter, with a long stretch of below-freezing temperatures and bitter wind chills. Livestock producers are taking steps to deal with lingering periods of extreme cold, which put animals at risk.

A better bulk bin: Preventing pig feed contamination — Alltech
Stored feed is at risk of mold growth, leading to the development of mycotoxins as well as insect and pest damage, which reduces the nutrient density in feed. Management of feed storage in bulk bins is important to prevent this reduction in nutrition.

Food Safety:

Audits criticize FDA on food recalls — Food Safety Magazine
A series of new audits claim that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not using its relatively recently expanded authority to conduct more food safety inspections, which in turn affects how food recalls are announced to the public.

‘Raw Milk Moms’ targets of enforcement action against food clubs — Food Safety News
“Raw milk Moms” in New Jersey were targeted last month with cease and desist orders from the state’s Public Health and Food Protection Program. The targeted groups and the broader raw milk community are resisting the enforcement action.


Colleges to offer degree in drone flying — Associated Press
Two higher education institutions in the U.S. state of Kansas are partnering to allow students to get a degree in drone-flying. Experts say the degree can lead to careers in agriculture, fire science, law enforcement and real estate.

Engineers create wearable sensors for plants — Iowa State University
A tiny graphene sensor that can be taped to plants — a “plant tattoo sensor,” researchers are calling it — has been developed to help measure water use in crops. Researchers say the sensor can make measurements without affecting plant growth or crop production.


‘Farm Town Strong’ to tackle opioid crisis head on — AgDaily
As farming communities face mounting challenges with the opioid epidemic, the nation’s two largest farm organizations are teaming up to confront the issue with “Farm Town Strong,” a campaign to raise awareness of the crisis’ impact on farming communities, provide resources to help farm communities, and encourage farmer-to-farmer support.


Newly offered ‘Goat Yoga’ classes become instant hit — Indiana Public Media
If you’ve ever taken a yoga class before, you probably think of it as a way to unwind and relax. It’s good for the mind and body, and so are animals. Now, some groups are bringing the two together by offering goat yoga.

Category: Food Safety