Monday links

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

Animal Science

Salmonella linked to dairy bull calves – Wisconsin Department of Agriculture
Animal health officials are urging cattle farmers to take preventive measures against a multi-drug resistant strain of Salmonella Heidelberg linked to infected dairy bull calves purchased in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin State Veterinarian, Dr. Paul McGraw, recommends the use of biosecurity techniques to minimize the potential for infection and spread.

Farmers Turn To Terrifying Falcons To Scare Away Pests – Modern Farmer
For growers of certain fruits, especially grapes and blueberries, pests aren’t always small insects, weeds, or fungi; birds are more than just a nuisance—they’re a legitimate threat to a harvest.

Agriculture

$32 billion market expected for agriculture drones – Newsweek
Agricultural efficiency is poised to take a big leap with drone technology now that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is streamlining regulations for unmanned aerial vehicles. A recent report pegs the addressable market for agricultural drones to be worth a whopping $32.4 billion, second only to infrastructure.

NASA Tests New Harvest Technique for Farming in Space, Hopes to Increase Crops Aboard ISS – Nature World News
NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have successfully reaped their first harvest which was none other than red romaine lettuce leaves. The vegetables were grown using a plant growth system on board the ISS. This method was part of the space agency’s technique called “cut-and-come-again.”

Food Safety

Are Food Allergies On The Rise? Experts Say They Don’t Know – NPR
A new report from the National Academy of Sciences says it’s hard to know how many people in the U.S. actually have food allergies or whether they’re on the rise.

Researchers discover secret ingredient for improving kitchen food safety – News Medical
Kansas State University researchers have discovered the secret ingredient to improving kitchen food safety: include handwashing reminders and meat thermometer instructions in published recipes.

Toxicology

F.D.A. Agrees to New Trials for Ecstasy as Relief for PTSD Patients – The New York Times
The Food and Drug Administration gave permission last week for large-scale, Phase 3 clinical trials of the drug — a final step before the possible approval of Ecstasy as a prescription drug.

Offbeat

Wrap Presents in a Flash Using This Japanese Department Store Technique – Mental Floss
After hunting down the right holiday gifts for everyone, it’s time to lock yourself in a room and start wrapping. Make the job a breeze without resorting to gift bags by mastering this fancy wrapping technique common in Japanese department stores.

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