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Agriculture

Food Computer: How Caleb Harper Inspires Us to Be Future Farmers – ABC News
Caleb Harper has taken some detours on the path to becoming a farmer. Though his family was involved in agriculture and the grocery business, he didn’t want to follow in their footsteps. Instead, he left Texas and became an architect and engineer.

South Carolina: If Heat Wave Persists, 2016 Could Be Calamitous for Farmers – Agfax
Just when things were looking promising for farmers in most areas of the state, another dry and wicked heat wave has a hold on South Carolina and is starting to squeeze the life out of crops.

Food Safety

More food safety data to be online soon – Farm Futures
USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service today announced that it will soon begin sharing new levels of food safety data specific to slaughter and processing facilities in the United States, on Data.gov.

The U.S. is poised to pass a new law making GMO labeling mandatory for food products – Quartz
Food companies selling products in the U.S. may soon be required to tell consumers if their goods include genetically modified organisms—better known as GMOs.

Animal Science

Sheep breeders are being urged to invest in genomics to make their produce more competitive in international markets – Irish Independent
Researchers behind the Ovigen project to drive genomic improvements with proven rams are examining options to continue the project for the next year or longer.

Equine Skin Issues: Scratching the Surface – The Horse
What it is that’s causing the hives, hair loss, and scabs on your horse’s body?

Toxicology

There is something about those energy drinks – Science Daily
A new study investigated whether consuming high-caffeine energy drinks mixed with alcohol results in a greater desire to drink alcohol than alcohol alone.

Offbeat

The surprising science of beard cleanliness – The Week
Whether you’re a hipster or a Hasid, a lumberjack or a Luigi, you’ve probably wondered whether facial hair — be it your own, or someone else’s — is clean. And while the answer depends largely on whether the owner of said beard or ‘stache sticks to the basic rules of hygiene, two recent studies suggest that beards tend to harbor fewer dangerous bacteria than clean-shaven faces.

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