Numerous incidents illustrate the high costs of food contamination

Mass food poisoning incidents in Egypt, India: As if we need another reminder of how serious food contamination (intentional or otherwise) can be, the New York Times reports that more than 3,300 children were hospitalized in Egypt last week after an Read More …

Alabama poultry euthanized after avian influenza suspected in flock

Officials suspect poultry infected at three sites: Aviagen, the world’s leading poultry breeding company, has euthanized chickens at a farm in Alabama over concerns about bird flu, the company said on Tuesday, as likely cases of the disease emerged in a Read More …

Historic wildfires wipe out whole beef cattle herds, swine

“The first gunshot was the easiest. Dave Bouziden squeezed the trigger—to put the first cow out of her misery. In all he would fire more than 150 more rounds, each more difficult than the one before. With each shot, the herd Read More …

Farmers remember ‘largest animal health emergency in U.S. history’ as another bird flu case confirmed

Three AI cases confirmed this week: Three cases of avian influence (AI) this week at U.S. poultry farms have raised the specter of the 2015 AI outbreak that USDA calls the largest animal health emergency in U.S. history. The 2015 outbreak led to Read More …

Martian potatoes?

  If potatoes can grow on Mars, they can grow anywhere: The International Potato Center (CIP) has launched a series of experiments to discover if potatoes can grow under the atmospheric conditions prevalent on the planet Mars as well as in extreme Read More …

Emerging wheat blast could be threat to world food security

Fields were ablaze in Bangladesh, Scientific American reported last April, as farmers struggled to contain Asia’s first outbreak of a fungal disease—wheat blast—that periodically devastates crops in South America. Plant pathologists warned that wheat blast could spread to other parts Read More …

Deadly bird flu confirmed in U.S., officials worry about risk to humans

PUBLIC HEALTH A strain of bird flu has been detected in a chicken breeder flock on a Tennessee farm contracted to U.S. food giant Tyson Foods Inc, and the 73,500 birds will be culled to stop the virus from entering Read More …

Drones are everywhere—even down on the farm

OPERATIONAL SECURITY Drones are everywhere: If you haven’t noticed that Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), otherwise known as drones, have been impacting the agriculture industry lately, it may be time to crawl out of your winter hibernation, says Dairy Herd Management magazine. Read More …

New level of threat from ISIS

THREAT INTELLIGENCE British citizens are facing a level of threat from terrorists not seen since the IRA bombings of the ’70s, the country’s new terrorism watchdog told UK’s Telegraph newspaper. Max Hill said the terrorist group ISIS was planning “indiscriminate Read More …

A guided tour through the world of cybercrime

Every executive in agriculture or food processing needs to be aware of cyber-security, so here’s a guided tour through the world of cybercrime. One of the strange features of cybercrime is how much of it is public, a cybersecurity professional Read More …