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Cold weather may be an important factor in udder health and milk quality. During wintertime, it’s crucial to create a good environment, and that requires a strategy in place for both livestock and people.

As a fourth-generation cattle farmer, Jared Decker knows that cattle suffer from health and productivity issues when they are taken from one environment -- which the herd has spent generations adapting to -- to a place with a different climate, a different elevation or even different grass. But as a researcher at the University of Missouri, Decker also sees an opportunity to use science to solve that problem, both to improve the welfare of cattle and to plug a leak in a nearly $50 billion industry in the United States.

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A new material for surgical mask filters could offer a more breathable and sustainable alternative to traditional surgical masks. Loong-Tak Lim, a food science professor at the University of Guelph-Ontario Agricultural College, and graduate student Singam Suranjoy Singh recently developed a non-woven surgical mask filter from plant cellulose. The mask’s biodegradable filter was designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

As the country slides deeper into a recession because of the coronavirus pandemic, more individuals may avoid hospitals or other emergency car…

Closeup view of an eighty year old senior woman's hands as she sorts her prescription medicine.