Monday links

BlackAngusCow2_blogDon’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Animal Science

Anthrax found in North Dakota – Bovine Veterinarian
A case of anthrax in cattle has hit the state of North Dakota for the first time this year, a veterinarian confirmed last week.

A Look at Switzerland’s Equine Protection Laws – The Horse
Since 2008 Switzerland has led the world in animal rights legislation, and the impact on equine management is significant. Anja Zollinger, BSc, a researcher from Agroscope at the Swiss National Stud Farm in Avenches, said statistics are showing impressive levels of compliance.

Food Safety

Michigan Bills Would Extend Safety Inspections to State Prison Kitchens – Food Safety News
State prison kitchens are exempt from food safety inspections because they are not defined as “food establishments” under state law but a pair of bills in the Michigan Legislature would change that.

Summer food safety tips worth a run-through – Port Huron Times Herald
It’s time to get ready to celebrate Independence Day, which usually involves grilling and gathering outside. But with one in six Americans getting sick from food poisoning each year, tips on keeping food safe at summer outings are worth mentioning.

Agriculture

This Desert May Hold The Clues To The Dawn Of Agriculture – Modern Farmer
In what’s known locally as the Black Desert, a brutal rocky stretch of land in Jordan near the Syrian border, archaeologists have found something fascinating.

Agriculture irrigation transforming farming – The Fresno Bee
Madera County farmer Tom Rogers thought he knew a lot about how to irrigate his family’s 175-acre almond ranch. But several droughts, including the current four-year dry spell, made him reconsider his approach on how to get the most out of his ever-shrinking water supply.

Toxicology

Here’s What Caffeine Does To Your Brain – IFL Science
So you think caffeine gives you energy, right? Wrong. Turns out, the caffeine molecule is just a sneaky imposter that tricks the brain into thinking you’re not earth shatteringly tired after all.

Offbeat

Why Are So Many Shark Attacks Happening in North Carolina? – National Geographic
The state has had an unusual rash of incidents, though experts say the water is still safe.

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