‘Vineyards saved lives’ in wake of California wildfires

The year 2017 has seen several severe wildfires in a few different parts of the world, including California’s Napa Valley, a region famous for the wine it produces. The fires’ impact on humans living there has been tragic, with 41 people reported dead and thousands of homes destroyed or damaged.

The impact on the local […]

Puerto Rico’s agriculture takes $780 million hit

Last week the Category 4 Hurricane Maria slowly crawled across the Caribbean, leaving devastation in its wake. In the aftermath, a big focus of the media has been Puerto Rico, which lost all electricity island-wide, something unfathomable to many in developed nations that depend on power for most daily needs.

Both individuals and industries have […]

Neogen donates products to hurricane relief efforts

Neogen, in response to the widespread damage caused by recent hurricanes in parts of the U.S., is donating animal safety products to affected areas as part of the company’s ongoing goal to support the health and welfare of companion animals and livestock.

Donated items come from several of Neogen’s comprehensive product lines to assist caretakers […]

Monday links

What’s the latest in the fields of agriculture, food safety, animal science and toxicology? Check it out here.

Animal Science:

Using light to neutralize livestock odors — Iowa State University Researchers have literally, and figuratively, shed new light on the odor problems arising from livestock facilities. Using black light, a team of scientists could neutralize […]

FDA issues food safety guidelines for facilities affected by hurricanes

Southeastern Americans and Caribbean residents are pulling themselves up and pulling together after two hurricanes wreaked havoc in the areas in a short time frame.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma destroyed homes and took lives in the U.S. and throughout the Caribbean. The floodwaters they left are fraught with risk; pathogens, chemical contaminants and other hidden […]

How animal producers handle natural disasters

Hurricanes and wildfires and droughts, oh my.

The U.S. has been hammered this summer by extreme weather and natural disasters. And while people can usually take safety precautions to protect themselves, farm animals depend on their human caretakers to save them.

The weather-related challenges of the past few months have led farmers, ranchers, pet owners […]

Drones help farmers deal with natural disasters

In an effort to stay ahead of the negative impacts of climate change, floods and typhoons on food security, the government of the Philippines and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations have started using unmanned aerial drones to assess where farmlands are most at risk from natural disasters and to quickly assess […]