Monday Links

Don’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

Enhancing safety of dairy foods — Morning AgClips
The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) helped secure several positive developments for dairy farmers and their cooperatives at the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) this week, as multiple NMPF-led initiatives won approval from the NCIMS delegates during their biennial meeting.

The Future of Food Traceability — Food Safety Magazine
What’s on the horizon for food traceability? Food Safety Magazine examines potential upcoming changes that will affect the food industry, including the behavior of consumers, the changing food supply itself and technological developments in the field.

Animal Safety

Optimizing milk fat strengthens dairy profits — All About Feed
According to some, in the current international dairy market, increasing milk production quantity is no longer relevant due to low prices. Producing more milk fat and protein is another way to enhance herd profitability. Promoting rumen fermentation, with a particular focus on fiber digestion, is one way to do this.

Research shows protein on U.S. native grasslands in decline — Phys.org
There is an alarming trend on America’s rangelands due to grazing and changing climate, and it’s already costing producers almost $2 billion annually, according to recently published work by a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist.

Agriculture

Farmers test out-of-the-box techniques to add soybean bushels and profits — AgWeb
Add some vinegar and sugar—think you’re getting directions for salad dressing? Guess again. Farmer Ron Small takes advantage of vinegar, sugar and a few other unorthodox tactics to average 90-plus bushels per acre on all 2,500 of his soybean acres.

Timely disease prevention for gardeners — Morning AgClips
It’s raining, it’s pouring, the fungal spores may be growing. This year’s rain seems to be non-stop. Morning Ag Clips looks at how abundant rain can cause damaging fungal spores to overtake plants, and how gardeners can prevent the problem.

Toxicology

Heroin: Now The Leading Cause Of Death In Americans Under 50 — Huffington Post
Over the past two-year period, more Americans have died of opiate addiction than died in the entire Vietnam War. Drug overdoses now cause more deaths than gun violence and car crashes. In fact, accidental opioid overdoses are responsible for more deaths in 2015 than HIV/AIDS did at the height of the epidemic in 1995.

Offbeat

The Origins of an Ancient Fairy Tale — Discover Magazine
How old is the oldest story we know of? Using the same techniques used to trace the history of languages, researchers peered back into ancient history to determine which of mankind’s fairy tales is the king of them all.

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