Monday links

AppleBowl2-KSG_blogDon’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal safety, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Agriculture

Inside The Life Of An Apple Picker – National Public Radio
It’s fall. Time to pick apples. For some of us, that’s casual recreation, a leisurely stroll through picturesque orchards. For tens of thousands of people, though, it’s a paycheck.

Could Satellites Change Systems for Farming and Aquaculture? – The Cattle Site
Developments in satellite, space and tracking technology are starting to have repercussions far beyond field mapping for crops and GPS guidance systems for farm machinery.

Food Safety

CDC Spruces Up Foodborne Outbreak Search Tool – Food Safety News
For those who want or need to look back at foodborne outbreak data, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a useful tool. It’s called the Foodborne Outbreak Online Database Tool (FOOD Tool) and, the agency recently revealed a shiny new version.

Fall food safety tips – Michigan State University
Routines are beginning to fall into place as the cooler weather arrives. Activities may be driving mealtime; making dinners take place on the run. Regardless of your schedule it is important to keep in mind the four core practices for food safety.

Animal Science

Australian Vet Studies Life After Racing for Thoroughbreds – The Horse
Identifying a knowledge gap, Melbourne, Australia-based veterinarian and executive member of Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA), Meredith Flash, BVSc, decided to find out more about thoroughbred horses and what happens to them when they leave the racing industry.

Calculating value of gain – Drover’s Cattle Network
As fall weaning approaches for many cow-calf producers, those that have the facilities and resources for retaining ownership may want to evaluate whether or not they can increase returns by adding weight to their calves.

Toxicology

Early smoke exposure tied to increased atrial fibrillation risk – Reuters
People exposed to secondhand smoke in the womb or as children are at an increased risk later in life for an irregular heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation, a new study suggests.

Offbeat

6 Scientific Explanations for Ghosts –Mental Floss
There may be a more scientific basis to things that go bump in the night than a restless afterlife.

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