USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation have approved $356,000 for five new research grants at five institutions through the comprehensive research program. The research funding was approved by the boards of directors of both organizations, based on recommendations from the Foundation Research Advisory Committee. The committee evaluates research proposals to determine their value to the industry and then makes recommendations to the boards for funding. Committee members are professional specialists from different segments of the poultry and egg industry who represent a variety of disciplines.
The Association’s comprehensive research program dates to the early 1960s when funds were first approved for poultry disease research. It gradually grew into an all-inclusive program incorporating all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. Since the inception of the research program, USPOULTRY has reinvested more than $34M dollars into the industry in the form of research grants. More than 50 universities and federal and state facilities have received grants over the years.
“Research continues to be critical aspect of USPOULTRY's and the Foundation’s service to the poultry industry. The Foundation Research Advisory Committee members volunteer numerous hours to review and evaluate research proposals before making recommendations for funding. We sincerely appreciate their work,” said Greg Hinton, Rose Acre Farms, and USPOULTRY chairman.
The research grants for each institution include:
Evaluating Vertical Transmission of Salmonella Reading Outbreak Strain in Turkeys Using Bioluminescent Imaging Mississippi State University (research grant made possible in part by an endowing Foundation gift from Cargill)
Increasing the Efficiency of Avian Reovirus Characterization via Real-Time Sequencing University of Georgia (research grant made possible in part by an endowing Foundation gift from Pilgrim’s)
Identifying Genetic Determinants of Campylobacter jejuni That Promote Bacterial Survival During Processing and Storage University of Tennessee (research grant made possible in part by an endowing Foundation gift from Koch Foods)
Evaluating the Impact of Increased Humidity and Heat with Ventilation Shutdown for Depopulation of Laying Hens During a Foreign Animal Disease Outbreak North Carolina State University (research grant made possible in part by an endowing Foundation gift from USPOULTRY staff)
Use of Reference Point Indentation (RPI) to Evaluate Pulsed Alternating Wavelength System (PAWS) on Skeletal Quality of Laying Hens Throughout Lay Cycle Purdue University (research grant made possible in part by an endowing Foundation gift from MPS Egg Farms)