Monday links

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

Animal Science

Wisconsin’s dairy cows get edge on their bovine sisters in California – The Chippewa Herald
Some studies say that happy cows produce more milk and California has claimed for years that its cows are happiest, but new data are proving that Wisconsin’s dairy industry is becoming the bomb for bovines as the Golden State struggles through an epic drought.

New Research Shows Salmonella Strain Can Also Infect Mice – Food Safety News
In a new study, scientists have demonstrated for the first time that a distinct form of Salmonella which has emerged in sub-Saharan Africa can cause lethal infections not only in humans but in mice.


Are mycotoxins present in all milling fractions? – All About Feed
Wheat bran and wheat endosperm are different fractions of the kernel, but do they also contain the same mycotoxins? And in the same concentration? A group of German researchers delved deeper into this topic.

Will U.S. Farmers have Enough Grain Storage this Fall? –
Using grain bins as a marketing strategy has a lot of appeal this year, as the farm markets hover at or below cost-of-production levels. Some farmers choose to use storage to help capture higher cash basis prices later in the season or to help with marketing grain to local buyers such as ethanol plants, soybean processors, or livestock feeders.

Food Safety

Innovative Solutions for Food Safety Compliance – Food Safety Magazine
For a more proactive approach to reducing food safety issues in the supply chain, Congress and the FDA created the Food Safety Modernization Act. Actions required to comply with these regulations are still rolling out, including the most recent provision.

Low- and Middle-Income Countries Suffer Most From Foodborne Illness – Food Safety News
There are hundreds of millions of cases of foodborne illness worldwide every year, costing billions of dollars. It’s believed that low- and middle-income countries bear the brunt of these illnesses.


Study reports use of new psychoactive drugs in US nationally representative survey – News Medical
A new study, published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence by researchers affiliated with New York University’s Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR), examined self-reported use of 57 different new drugs and found that prevalence of use increased from 2009 to 2013.


Here’s Why Our Brains Trick Us Into Seeing Things – Smithsonian Magazine
The brain is the most complex organ in the human body, but it can make mistakes while interpreting the world around us. A scientist explains how Bigfoot might be one of them.

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