Monday links

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

Animal Science:

Dog myths debunked: Does a warm, dry nose mean a dog is sick? — American Kennel Club
Most dog owners would probably tell you that a cold, wet nose on their canine companion signals a healthy pup. Likewise, many believe a dog is sick when his nose is dry — but is this true?

7 common livestock fencing mistakes — Beef Magazine
Whether you’re an experienced hand or just learning the basics of wood, wire and tape, there’s always something more to learn when it comes to livestock fencing.

Food Safety:

Use caution when your refrigerator loses power — Associated Press
When storms knock out the power, what’s the best way to handle refrigerated or frozen foods? Err on the cautious side. When in doubt, throw the food out.

Factoring in the human element in food safety programs — Food Safety News
There are many large and small consulting firms with vast regulatory knowledge and experience that can provide food manufacturing plants with a compliance plan. It is then the plant’s responsibility to implement the plan, with the largest challenge to implementation being the “Human Element.”

Agriculture:

Viewpoint: Our civilization could die if we don’t save agriculture — AgDaily
“Tell Abu Hureyra, the archeological site believed to be the place farmers first cultivated cereal crops such as wheat and rye, is today submerged under Lake Assad — a metaphor, I am afraid, for what we are doing to our society when we ignore the perils faced by farmland, farming, and farmers today,” writes farmer Lori Sallet.

Toxicology:

The opioid overdose crisis was thousands of years in the making — CBC
Health officials have been scrambling to get the overdose crisis under control but, for the most part, the drugs aren’t new. The ongoing opioid public health crisis has been thousands of years in the making.

Offbeat:

Pug mug: Dog’s stint in jail goes viral — NJ.com
Bean the pug didn’t intend to become a social media star when she escaped her owner’s home, but that’s exactly what happened after police picked her up in a stranger’s yard.

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