Monday links

iPadHorse_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

DNA testing pitched to area cattlemen – AG Journal
By DNA testing each heifer, a commercial rancher can evaluate how his future replacements rank for “stayability,” a term that refers to the probability that a female will remain in the herd long enough to produce six calves.

iPads for Horses? Touch-Screen Technology in Equine Research – The Horse
You walk into the barn at 10 p.m. for night check, expecting everyone to be sound asleep or munching on hay. But no! There’s your show horse on his tablet. He’s gotten good at this game—he just earned another point, and another carrot.

Food Safety

New Grants for Regional Food Safety Training Centers Announced by FDA – Food Safety Magazine
The plan is to provide funding for certain groups–specifically small farm owners and food processors—to receive training, education and technical assistance that is consistent with the standards being established under the Food Safety Modernization Act.

‘Whitefish’ No More, Pollock Receives Proper Label – QSR Magazine
Congress recently passed bipartisan legislation to distinguish the different sources of pollock. Under the new law, the market name is now “pollock” rather than “Alaska pollock.” The law also requires that “Alaska,” as a descriptor, only be employed when the fish was harvested in that state, which was previously not the case.

Agriculture

Best regions in U.S. for growing bioenergy crops identified – Science Daily
The regions in the United States where bioenergy crops would grow best while minimizing effects on aquatic ecosystems have now been outlined by a group of researchers.

This Startup Wants to Use Bacteria to Revolutionize How Our Food Is Produced – Fortune
It turns out that plants, like humans, have microbiomes full of trillions of different kinds of harmless bacteria. If those bacteria get the respect they deserve, they could possibly change the face of agriculture, according to one new company.

Toxicology

Governors Devise Bipartisan Effort to Reduce Opioid Abuse – New York Times
Alarmed at an epidemic of drug overdose deaths, the National Governors Association decided over the weekend to devise treatment protocols to reduce the use of opioid painkillers.

Offbeat

Mesmerizing Video Shows Lake Ice Stacking Up – National Geographic
When conditions are right, the ice sheets that form on bodies of water in winter will break, and the motion of the water underneath will cause the pieces to slide and stack, causing ethereal, hypnotic scenes like the ones in this video from the Lake Superior coast in Minnesota.

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