Monday links

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

 Animal Science

New Bird Flu Strain Found at More Indiana Farms – ABC News
A new type of bird flu found at one Indiana poultry farm has been found at nine others, U.S. Department of Agriculture officials said Saturday. 

Researchers Unlock Genetic Secrets of the Dun Coat Color – The Horse
Today, horses come in a variety of coat colors, but most lack the camouflaging coat of their ancestors. However, a trace of that legacy remains in horses with the dun pattern and a recent study reveals a new mechanism that explains the pattern’s genetic roots.

Food Safety

Experts to study food safety of oilfield wastewater – The Sacramento Bee
More farmers in drought-stricken California are using oilfield wastewater to irrigate, and a new panel on Tuesday began taking one of the state’s deepest looks yet at the safety of using the chemical-laced water on food crops.

Are Speedy Delivery Apps Skimping on Food Safety? – The Daily Meal
Health inspectors are struggling to keep up with on-demand food delivery apps that promise to make your food in just minutes.

Agriculture

The 12 Questions Production Agriculture Will Face in 2016 – Ageconomists
Coming off two years of very large declines in farm incomes, will 2016 be the year the situation stabilizes? If not, will the strong financial condition of the sector hold?

Unfortunately, Floods Will Probably Not Help Agriculture Combat Droughts – Modern Farmer
Climate change can be unpredictable, revealing itself in freak storms, endless droughts, weird floods, and more. It’s not an easy task to figure out exactly how it affects agriculture, but a new study is trying to answer a question: How do weather disasters affect cereal crops like wheat, rice, and corn?

Toxicology

Man Dies in France After Painkiller Drug Trial – The New York Times
French prosecutors have begun a manslaughter investigation into the unusual case, which shined a spotlight on the practice of testing drugs on paid, healthy human volunteers. Scores of others were also given the drug.

Offbeat

SCIENCE: Your Campaign Yard Sign Has Very Little Effect – The Daily Caller
A new study shows that the election signage that dots America’s yards and mars its busier intersections every other autumn has very little effect on actual voting results and absolutely zero effect on turnout.

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