Monday links

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Animal Science

Heat Can Quickly Inactivate Bird Flu Virus – The Poultry Site
The avian influenza virus can be relatively quickly inactivated by heat, shows emergency research funded after the devastating bird flu outbreaks across the U.S. in 2015.

As deadly superbugs rise, big pharma presses farm antibiotics – Dairy Herd Management
The U.S. wants to fight superbugs by targeting one of the world’s biggest markets for antibiotics: farms. Big pharma has other ideas.

Food Safety

A New Technique to Beat the Food Fraudsters – Technology Networks
Shoppers can be more confident that their burgers are the real deal following a new method of testing for meat fraud developed at the Institute of Food Research on the Norwich Research Park.

New food safety rules raise questions – National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
What most produce farmers need right now is basic food safety education programs to help them implement Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) on their farms.

Agriculture

Matthew hits agriculture hard – The Red Spring Citizen
In addition to the toll on humans, their homes and livelihoods, an agricultural disaster has unfolded in Robeson County and other areas hit by Hurricane Matthew. State agriculture officials do not have damage estimates, but the 48 counties affected by the storm are some of North Carolina’s largest agriculture counties.

An ancient drought-friendly farming process could become the next organics – Quartz
In 2008, when Brice Jones decided to stop irrigating his grapevines, California was in the middle of a drought. Jones, however, wasn’t thinking about water conservation. He was thinking about making California pinot noir that would rival French burgundy.

Toxicology

The economics driving America’s devastating drug scourge – The Week
America is coming to the belated realization that it has a heroin epidemic on its hands. And this problem is intertwined with a larger epidemic of legal painkillers, which killed more people than car crashes or guns in 2014.

Offbeat

Boy, 7, sells enough lemonade to buy a pony – CNN
It was tears of joy for a seven-year-old boy from Queensland, Australia, whose hard-won savings finally earned him biggest wish.

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