Monday links

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

Food Safety 

The Modern Farmer Guide to Grocery Store Eggs – Modern Farmer
Cage-free. All natural. No antibiotics. What’s the difference? Egg cartons today boast a myriad of attention-grabbing yet ill-defined phrases. While some are highly regulated government certifications, others are subject to minimal scrutiny.

FDA Sanitary Food Transportation Rule to Soon Become Public – Transport Topics
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on April 1 said it has submitted its final sanitary transportation rule for publication in the Federal Register. However, it could take several days to process before the rule is available to the public.

Agriculture

How the growing season has changed since 1980 – Drovers Cattle Network
Farmers who are skeptical of climate change needn’t travel farther than their closest field for evidence of its existence. Scientists report the average growing season in the contiguous 48 states has increased by 10 days when compared to the long-term average. Much of the increase has happened since 1980.

Women Farmers Band Together To Vent, Seek Support And Exchange Ideas – NPR
Thousands of women have taken on leadership roles in the traditionally male-dominated agriculture industry. Over the past 15 years, the fraction of U.S. farms run by women has nearly tripled to about 15% and nearly one-third of farms in this country are run by couples working together.

Animal Science

Botulism in waterbirds: Mortality rates and new insights into how it spreads – Science Daily
Outbreaks of botulism killed large percentages of waterbirds inhabiting a wetland in Spain. The botulinum toxin’s spread may have been abetted by an invasive species of water snail which frequently carries the toxin-producing bacterium, Clostridium botulinum.

Things You Should and Should Not Put on a Horse’s Wound – The Horse
Horse owners and veterinarians have been treating equine wounds for centuries. After all, horses are unabashedly practiced at the art of sustaining wounds. Dean Hendrickson, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, goes back to basics in this article, describing effective and ineffective wound-cleaning agents to an audience of veterinarians.

Toxicology

Crime Spike in St. Louis Traced to Cheap Heroin and Mexican Cartels – New York Times
In recent years, Mexican traffickers have inundated the St. Louis area with a new, potent form of heroin, drastically reducing prices for the drug and increasing its strength to attract suburban users.

Offbeat

Adorable Girl Asks Cops To Get Police Cats As Companions To Police Dogs – Huffington Post
Eliza Adamson-Hopper, 5, recently wrote a letter to Chief Constable Michael Barton of the Durham Constabulary in the U.K., asking why there weren’t any cats on the force. In her note, Eliza made a very strong case for felines to be included in law enforcement.

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