Monday links

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Agriculture

More tomatoes, faster – Morning Ag Clips
Tomatoes are already an ideal model species for plant research, but scientists at the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) just made them even more useful by cutting the time required to modify their genes by six weeks.

Farm slowdown hits hard in rural areas as fall harvest begins – Journal Star
Slumping commodity and farmland prices are rolling through the rural economy as the fall harvest begins in Illinois and across the Midwest.

Food Safety

Frankfurter Fraud: Finding Out What’s In Your Hot Dog – Technology Network
Hot dogs are the perfect summer fare. But knowing for sure what you’re getting inside a bun can be difficult.  Now scientists have devised a method that could help prevent frankfurter fraud, which is especially important for those who can’t eat certain types of meats.

9 Back-to-School Tips for Children With Allergies – Everyday Health
Going back to school can be a stressful time, especially for children with allergies. Risks of an allergic reaction at school can be greater than at home because it’s more difficult to control the school environment. Here’s how to prepare your child to go back to school safely with food allergies.

Animal Science

Four dairymen share their strategies for genomic technology – Progressive Dairy
How are genomics working on your farm? That was the topic of a panel discussion at the Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference.

Pup Health: Hereditary Disorders in Dogs More Common Than Initially Thought – Nature World News
According to a report from the University of Helsinki, the team tested nearly 7,000 dogs of about 230 different breeds for predisposition to almost 100 genetic disorders. They discovered that one out of six dogs had at least one of the tested disease predisposing genetic variants in their genome.

Toxicology

Kratom to join heroin, LSD on Schedule I drug list – CNN
Beginning September 30, kratom will be considered a Schedule I drug, a substance that has “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse,” the Drug Enforcement Administration recently announced.

Offbeat

What’s in a Nickname? The Origins of All 32 NFL Team Names – Mental Floss
What do newspaper headline type and the New Deal have to do with the Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles? Here are the stories behind the nicknames of the NFL’s 32 teams—and what they were almost called.

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