Monday links

What’s the latest in the fields of agriculture, food safety, animal science and toxicology? Check it out here.

Animal Science:

How Scientists Decide Which Animal Genomes to Sequence — Smithsonian Magazine
There are an estimated 8.7 million species on Earth — it’s unlikely scientists will ever sequence them all. They have to pick and choose which genomes to focus on. So where to start?

Florida Ranchers Lose $238 Million to Irma — Drovers
Hurricane Irma cost Florida’s cattle ranchers $238 million, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Overall, Florida saw $2.5 billion in damage to agriculture from Irma last month, NASS estimates.

Food Safety:

Don’t let fall salmon send you running to emergency room — Food Safety News
Many fisherman hit the lakes in fall — September marks the beginning of the fall Pacific salmon migration into the Great Lakes. Michigan State University Extension recommends these tips for keeping your catch safe this fall.

FSMA IQ Test Part II: Sanitary Transportation of Human & Animal Food — Food Safety Tech
The FSMA Sanitary Transportation of Human & Animal Food rule has a broad level of requirements that must be met across the various steps of transporting food product. Do you know the correct responses to these questions?

Agriculture:

New machine evaluates soybeans at harvest — University of Illinois
When a field of soybeans is ready to harvest, speed is of the essence. But harvesting grinds to a halt every time the combine operator has to manually check for quality. Researchers recently developed a machine to automate the process, evaluating bean quality on the fly.

Toxicology:

How to help someone with an opioid problem — USA Today
With the ongoing opioid epidemic spreading in the U.S. and other countries, prevention and treatment are critical. Here are suggestions for helping someone with an opioid problem from drug addiction and treatment experts.

Offbeat:

If You Ever Feel Sad, Just Remember That Horses Can Grow Moustaches — Bored Panda
Did you know that some horses can grow a moustache? More common in certain breeds such as the Gypsy Vanner, which is known for its luxurious mane and hair around its lower legs, it can occur to any horse that carries the right gene, male or female.

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