Monday links

CowGroup_resizedDon’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

Vesicular stomatitis appearing in western states – Drovers Cattle Network
Veterinarians and producers in western states should be on the lookout for signs of vesicular stomatitis (VS), which has been reported on premises in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Utah so far this summer.

Three tips to help calves thrive during volatile temperature swings – Bovine Veterinarian
Weather is one of the main factors affecting calf health. As summer heats up, young calves can experience stressful highs during the day, and chilly lows in the evenings, exposing them to temperatures on both sides of their thermoneutral zone in one day.

Food Safety

Study: For a Safer Harvest, It’s Best to Wait 24 Hours After Rain, Irrigation – Food Safety News
Produce farmers should wait at least 24 hours after a rain or irrigation event to harvest their crops, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Cornell University.

Television cooking shows lack food safety – Michigan State University
Cooking shows and competitions have become standard fare on television over the past few years and many studies have shown that Americans utilize information from these shows in their own kitchens. Unfortunately, when it comes to food safety practices, television cooking shows fall incredibly short.

Agriculture

Wheat crops catch diseases – NP Telegraph
Wheat farmers across the Midwest, including Nebraska, are likely facing low yields due to two diseases — stripe rust and head scab.

AgCenter: Above-average crops still possible, despite rain – Washington Times
Spring downpours have washed away chances for a record year, though there’s still chance for above-average corn, cotton and soybean crops, LSU AgCenter experts say.

Toxicology

Heroin use surges, addicting more women and middle-class – USA Today
Heroin use is reaching into new communities – addicting more women and middle-class users – as people hooked on prescription painkillers transition to cheaper illegal drugs, a new report shows.

Offbeat

Why Do We Call Them the ‘Dog Days’ of Summer? – National Geographic
The “dog days,” I always thought, were those summer days so devastatingly hot that even dogs would lie around on the asphalt, panting. Many people today use the phrase to mean something like that—but that’s not the real meaning.

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