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Wisconsin’s mink production has decreased to its smallest number in more than half a century. And animal-rights activists want to shut down the remaining fur farms, which they say could spawn new variants of the COVID-19 virus. But others say the state’s oldest industry is poised for a rebound.

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A new poultry influenza vaccine has been developed by researchers at The Pirbright Institute in the United Kingdom. The vaccine triggers a rapid immune response to protect chickens against signs of disease and reduces the level of virus they could transfer. The vaccine also would be easier and less costly to produce than other vaccines made in chicken eggs, according to the institute.

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The past decade has seen massive changes in the cannabis industry as legalizations have taken the trade from small operations to giga-scale international corporations. Massachusetts cannabis company Green Care Collective has gathered a team of international cannabis experts to build the next evolution of cannabis cultivation – a perpetual harvest facility with the latest advancements in horticultural science.

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New insights into what’s reducing the already-dwindling population of eastern monarch butterflies have recently been shared by a team led by ecologists at Michigan State University. Changing climate at the monarch’s spring and summer breeding grounds has had the most impact. The effects of climate change between 2004 and 2018 have been about seven times more significant than other contributors, according to the team.

Smoke from wildfires in the western United States and Canada is blanketing much of the continent. And experts say the phenomenon is becoming more common as human-caused global warming stokes bigger and more-intense blazes.