Monday links

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

Animal Science:

Calf respiratory health in cold weather — Northern New York Agricultural Development Program
Winter weather poses a natural challenge to raising young animals. Respiratory illness in calves can negatively impact weight gain, age at their first calving, first lactation milk production, farm revenue and costs. This season, experts outline cold weather strategies for keeping calves safe.

Down and dirty: Cleaning Okinawan pig farm wastewater with microbial fuel cells — Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
Pig farming produces lots of wastewater with some unpleasant stuff: contaminants, smelly gasses, etc. Treating the wastewater can be tricky if you have limited space or resources. Now, researchers have found a new treatment technology that uses bacteria to clean the water.

Food Safety:

Clean and cook holiday meals thoroughly — University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
’Tis the season for holiday feasts, so before and after you enjoy a nutritious, tasty cornucopia, be sure to clean and cook thoroughly, experts say. Here are some tips to avoid foodborne illness.

Deadly multi-state papaya Salmonella outbreak is finally over — Unsafe Foods
An ongoing issue with a number of separate multi-state outbreaks linked to Maradol Papayas imported from Mexico finally seems to have ended. Unsafe Foods recaps the incidents, which left at least one person dead.

Agriculture:

Drones could help crop management take off, research shows — University of Tennessee
Drones could help farmers determine if their crops are growing satisfactorily, according to a recent study. Researchers tested out the benefits of drone photography on cotton fields.

Genetically modified crop ban extension in South Australia to 2025 passes by single vote — ABC News
A controversial ban on genetically modified crops in one Australian state has been extended after a close vote and much debate.

Toxicology:

FDA approves pill with sensor that digitally tracks if patients have ingested their medication — U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug in the U.S. with a digital ingestion tracking system. The pills have ingestible sensors that record that the medication was taken. The product is approved for treating schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.

Offbeat:

Man flies over South Africa using 100 balloons strapped to a camping chair — BBC News
A British adventurer “fighting to make the world less boring” soared for 15 miles on a camping chair over a stretch of South Africa. Drone footage captured his journey, which required two days of balloon-inflating.

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