Monday links

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

Animal Science

Chickens Found with Genetic Resistance to Bird Flu – The Poultry Site
New research carried out at The Pirbright Institute indicates that the genes of some chickens makes them almost resistant to bird flu.

Extreme heat poses danger for pets, livestock – Advocate
Wisconsin’s humane veterinarian is reminding pet and livestock owners to take extra steps to protect animals in the extreme heat.

Agriculture

Meet the site that is like Uber — but for tractors – The Washington Post
Jordan Hickel has a long row of ultra-expensive tractors and other machinery parked on his farm in central Kansas. But Hickel uses the towering machine only two months out of the year. This summer, he’s shipping the combine off to Colorado then Washington — renting it out to other farmers through a website that hopes to bring the sharing economy to the farmstead.

Six Things You Need to Know About the Corn Market Right Now – Ag Web
As weather and managed money decisions turn the market into a roller coaster, uncertainty appears to be the order of the day. But if you’re ready to go from being reactive to proactive, here are six takeaways.

Food Safety

CDC Ends Frozen Vegetable Outbreak Investigation – Food Safety Magazine
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has ended its investigation into CRF Frozen Foods’ multistate outbreak. However, the agency warns that the outbreak itself may still continue because consumers may still have contaminated food items in their freezers and do not know about the recalls.

UV light oven has potential to decontaminate produce at home – Food Safety News
One scientist has been busy developing a device using ultraviolet (UV) light to kill foodborne pathogens on fresh produce in consumers’ homes and elsewhere. This UV light oven, which is about the size of a microwave oven, will combine UV light with stirred-up water to reduce Salmonella and other bacteria and viruses that can contaminate fresh produce.

Toxicology

Secret Garden Party tests illegal drugs for festival-goers – but lets them take the rest – The Telegraph
A music festival has become the first event in the UK to allow party-goers to have their illegal drugs tested, without stopping them taking the substances.

Offbeat

Japanese Invent “Poké-Han” Device To Rest Your Arms While Playing Pokémon Go – Bored Panda
Pokémon Go is spreading like wildfire, but so too is “Poké-fatigue”, the associated tiredness you get in your arms from holding your phone in front of you all day. But thanks to the guys at the Rocketnews office in Japan, we’re happy to share with you a quick and low-cost solution to this clearly very serious problem.

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