Monday links

Tailgate_D3Campaign2012_resizedDon’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal science, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Food Safety 

Tackling food safety while tailgating – Lake News Online
Serious tailgaters are experts at food preparations for a successful party. But when running water and refrigeration aren’t available, it is important to be familiar with safe food handling procedures to keep from sidelining your guests with food poisoning.

Norovirus outbreak closes shellfish beds in Cape Cod town – Food Safety News
After receiving reports last week of about 75 norovirus cases, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries closed down shellfish beds in the Town of Wellfleet on Cape Cod.

Animal Science

Backyard Chickens Linked to Record High in Salmonella Infections, CDC Says – NPR
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has documented a record high number of Salmonella infections linked to these domestic flocks.

New virus associated with polio-like symptoms in pigs – All About Feed
U.S. researchers have discovered a novel virus in the central nervous tissues of young pigs with polio-like weakness in their hind legs.

Agriculture

California Keeps On Farming, With or Without Water – Bloomberg News
California agriculture, which had been plowing ahead in the face of a major drought, finally had an off year in 2015, according to data released recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Why should you care about this, if you’re not a California farmer? Well, California is the country’s leading agricultural producer, by far.

Report provides options for organic soybean growers – Science Daily
Although soybeans are one of the most widely grown crops in the U.S., few soybean farmers are using organic practices. A new report details organic products and practices to combat pathogens and insect pests.

Toxicology

As Drug Deaths Soar, a Silver Lining for Transplant Patients – New York Times
The surge in deaths from drug overdoses has become an unexpected lifeline for people waiting for organ transplants, turning tragedy for some into salvation for others.

Offbeat

Halloween 2016: A Guide to the When, Why, What and How – Live Science
Skeletons, ghouls and ghosts: Halloween is nearly upon us, and with it, a number of strange and bizarre traditions. How did a pagan Celtic festival and an early church holiday become an opportunity for little kids to beg for free candy and college students to dress as a sultry version of Abraham Lincoln?

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