Monday links

ProcessInspection_USDA_blogDon’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

Why Paying Attention to your Environmental Control Program is so Important – The Acheson Group
This is not just about meeting regulations. Rather, one need only review such major recalls of 2016 as those of frozen vegetables, sunflower seeds, ice cream and hummus – all of which resulted from environmental contamination – to realize it’s just as much a matter of brand protection.

Food safety rules challenge farmers on several fronts – Wisconsin State Farmer
Equal treatment of domestic and foreign growers, the need for extensive education, training and technical assistance and agricultural water provisions are among farmers’ top concerns as they implement the Food Safety Modernization Act’s produce rules.

Animal Science

Keep Water Units from Freezing – Drovers Cattle Network
Free flowing water is just as important in the winter as it is in the summer. Feeding hay and salt blocks increases water intake but there are a variety of options to help keep water from freezing.

Feds change regulations aimed at stopping horse soring – The Washington Times
Federal officials have made regulation changes aimed at stopping the practice of soring among Tennessee Walking Horses and similar breeds.

Agriculture

Domino effect: The loss of plant species triggers the extinction of animals – Science Daily
When plant species disappear, this may lead to the subsequent loss of various animal species. Insects which depend on interactions with specific plant partners are particularly threatened. Plants, in contrast, will be less sensitive to the disappearance of their animal partners.

Where Have All the Apples Gone and Can These Farmers Bring Them Back? – Civil Eats
Lovingly called “our national fruit” by Ralph Waldo Emerson, apples once proliferated in American backyards and orchards, a vital source of nutrition and a potent symbol of home. But now, most of the 15,000 named varieties grown here since 1804 are extinct, and only 15 kinds of apples (think Red Delicious and Gala) now account for 90% of U.S. production.

Toxicology

First Overdose Death From Elephant Tranquilizer, Carfentanil in Beaver Falls – CBS Local
The Beaver County coroner confirms toxicology tests in a death at the end of November show it was carfentanil that caused the person’s overdose.

Offbeat

Girl Once Denied a Horse Trained Her Cow Instead – Good News Network
When Hannah Simpson was 11-years-old, all she wanted was a horse of her own to ride and train. Her parents, however, insisted that ponies were too expensive, leaving Hannah’s dream unfulfilled. Her creative solution? She trained one of the cows on their dairy farm to ride instead.

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