Understanding risks leads to a more successful calving season

It’s a wonderful time of year when baby farm animals take the stage (or, well, pasture), but it’s not a time without its risks. Fortunately, biosecurity and animal safety steps taken by farmers and ranchers every day go a long way in making sure each calving season is a success.

Experts at the North Dakota […]

Australia’s organics industry doubtful of proposed mandatory fungicide treatments

Discussion has been fervent in Australia’s organics industry after the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) proposed mandatory fungicide treatment for certain imported crop seeds.

In “Draft review of import conditions for brassicaceous crop seeds for sowing into Australia,” DAWR says that its proposal would minimize the risk of introducing foreign plant pathogens to […]

Horse named after football star drops out of Kentucky Derby

The Super Bowl and the Kentucky Derby are two famous American sporting events during which some of the country’s top athletes take the stage — but one event highlights human athletes, and the other equine athletes.

Football star Rob Gronkowski plays for the New England Patriots, a team that participated in but ultimately didn’t win […]

Case study: Listeria Right Now lets health food producer bring testing in-house

After a Listeria incident within its facility, a New Zealand-based food producer was looking for a way to better detect Listeria within its environment.

The company, which produces healthy and convenient plant-based meals, chose Neogen’s Listeria Right Now environmental test as the best solution for its needs. Because it does not require an enrichment step, […]

Defining ‘organic’ in a changing world

What does “organic” mean to you? Is food grown hydroponically organic? Consumers, producers and regulators at times have their own understanding of how organically produced food is or should be. To some, certain parts of the production process are more valuable, or more relevant to, the label than others.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) […]

Monday links

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Animal Science:

Can horses be taught to pee on command? — The Horse One veterinarian tackles an issue submitted by a reader: a mare with a bad habit of urinating as soon as she enters her freshly-bedded […]

Japan and Australia continue to investigate chemical-contaminated barley

Azoxystrobin is a common agricultural fungicide that protects plants and produce from fungal diseases. It’s used especially for grain farming. While the chemical has its uses for protecting food safety and quality, residues at certain levels can be unsafe for human consumption.

Unfortunately, unsafe levels have now been found to have reached consumers after a […]

Neogen names Donofrio VP of Food Safety R&D

Neogen Corporation announced today that it had named Dr. Robert Donofrio as Vice President of Food Safety Research and Development. Donofrio had recently served as the director of this group of 75 scientists.

“Neogen’s Board of Directors is pleased to elevate Dr. Donofrio to an officer status in the company in recognition of his prior […]

New York City study shows mice carry previously unseen pathogens

Sprawling cities aren’t exactly known for being the most sanitary of places. Huge populations plus small spaces equal lots and lots of trash. That said, human beings aren’t the only vehicles for dirt and disease in urban areas.

Epidemiologists at Columbia University conducted a yearlong study of house mice in New York City, and found […]

Seven years post-tsunami, Fukushima struggles with food safety stigma

It’s been seven years since a horrifyingly powerful tsunami hit the eastern coast of Japan, taking out a nuclear reactor in the prefecture of Fukushima. Nearby farms were immediately contaminated by radiation, leading 55 countries worldwide to block imports of seafood, produce and other food items from the region.

Now, after years of recovery and […]