Monday links

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

Food Safety

Senate Agrees on Nationwide GMO Labels – Food Safety Magazine
U.S. Senate lawmakers reached an agreement regarding how foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will be labeled. The deal comes just one week before Vermont’s precedent-setting GMO labeling laws go into effect on July 1.

Foreign catfish discover the U.S. really does have borders – Food Safety News
The U.S. border has suddenly become meaningful to importers of siluriformes, including foreign catfish. It’s all happened during the past four months since the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s catfish inspection program began. And it’s occurred while Congress is still considering ending the USDA program of continuous inspection.

Animal Science

Composting manure to reduce antibiotic residues – Drovers Cattle Network
Composting can reduce the concentration of antibiotics in cattle manure, but the degree of that reduction can vary depending on how it is tested.

Summertime means heat stress in cattle – Farm Talk
It seems like we have missed a transition period on the temperatures and went straight from nice and 75 degrees to a scalding 90 degrees. These hot temperatures are not only hot on us, but it can be detrimental to your cattle.

Agriculture

Fusarium head blight guidance – Michigan State University
Head scab can be a disastrous disease to high-quality malting barley.

Thirsty corn: New report says 44% of Iowa abnormally dry or worse – The Gazette
What farmers think of this year’s growing season depends upon the amount of rain that has fallen on their fields.

Toxicology

E-cigarette use modifies gene expression important for upper airway immune defense – News Medical
When we smoke cigarettes, dozens of genes important for immune defense are altered in the epithelial cells that line the respiratory tract. Several of these changes likely increase the risk of bacterial infections, viruses, and inflammation. Now, UNC School of Medicine scientists report that vaping electronic cigarettes alters those same genes and hundreds more.

Offbeat

Art Really Can Reduce Stress, Even After 45 Minutes – Good News Network
Ever wondered why those adult coloring books became so popular so fast? New research shows that doing something creative reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

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