Monday links

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Food Safety

APHIS issues fall avian flu preparedness, response plan – WATTAgNet
The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued a report on planning and preparations for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in advance of a potential recurrence of the disease when birds migrate south this fall.

Phone app allows researchers to conduct concealed food safety observations – Penn State University
The app allows observers to easily add photos, audio, videos and open-ended notes to their reports.


Coming Soon: Agriculture 3.0 – Wall Street Daily
By 2050, the Earth’s population will surpass nine billion people. Needless to say, an increasing number of people on the planet will place greater demands on our infrastructure – from energy and transportation to basic food and water needs. Fortunately, advances in technology are pushing agriculture into the 21st century.

EPA Announces New Rules To Protect Farmworkers From Pesticides – NPR
The Environmental Protection Agency has released a final version of updated rules intended to keep farmworkers from being poisoned by pesticides. The previous “worker protection standard” for farms has been in effect since 1992.

Animal Science

BRD in pre-weaned calves – Drovers Cattle Network
While we generally think of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) as a problem associated with shipped stocker and feeder calves, about 20% of ranches experience some incidence BRD in pre-weaned calves on their home pastures.

PEDV Answers Raise More Questions – The Pig Site
This will be the third winter since the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) first found its way into the U.S. swine herd. Thanks to a collaborative effort to help combat this costly disease, the pork industry is warily optimistic that the worst is past. However, questions remain.


Number of Chicago Heroin Overdoses Hits 74 in 3 Days – ABC News
City health and fire officials suspect heroin laced with the powerful painkiller fentanyl is to blame for the sudden jump, as it was in 2006.


This Man Tracked his Sneezes for Five Years and Fixed his Pollen Allergy – Smithsonian Magazine
If allergies prove to be too much to handle, all one needs to do is track every step, every sneeze and exposure for five years, accumulate about 100,000 data points and then use that knowledge to end the torment. At least, that’s what Thomas Blomseth Christiansen did.


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