Monday links

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

Food Safety

Pet food trends reflect a growing market – Veterinary News
Researchers expect industry to hit $33 billion by 2018 thanks in part to treat and ‘premium’ pet food sales.

Huge Advance In Salmonella Detection Receives FDA Award – Modern Farmer
In the past year, there have been numerous recalls and discoveries of Salmonella outbreaks in everything from packaged chicken to pet food. A new detection method from Purdue University researchers could help put a dent in future outbreaks.

Animal Science

New Center Tackles Antibiotic Resistance – Michigan State University
The new center will target antibiotics used in animal agriculture to find out how they find their way into the environment and what the ultimate impact on humans, if any, might be.

Turning cow poo into power is profitable for US farm – PHYS
For most farms, manure is a pungent problem. At Homestead Dairy, it smells like money. The family-run American farm invested in a biogas recovery system which transforms cow poo and other waste into electricity.

Agriculture

Irrigation Turned on in Indiana; Wheat Yielding Well in Nebraska – Progressive Farmer
After excessive wet weather, things recently dried out for farmers in some states last week.

Wet, Dry, Wet For Midwest “Dog Days” – Agriculture.com
As the month of August enters its second week, the corn, soybean market-watchers keep one eye on the sky. For the Midwest, a wet-dry-wet pattern seems to be the outlook for the rest of the “dog days of summer.”

Toxicology

Surprising news about teens, marijuana, and health issues. It’s all good. – The Washington Post
With the widespread availability of marijuana in recent years thanks to its legalization in a growing number of states, there has been increasing concern about the long-term health consequences on teens who might be able to get easier access to it illegally.

Offbeat

Your Political Beliefs Are Partly Shaped By Genetics – Discover Magazine
If you’ve ever gotten into a political argument, you’ve probably realized that many people’s political beliefs are deeply entrenched. And that may be partly thanks to their genes.

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