California State University, Fresno, and Modesto Junior College in California recently received student recruitment grants of $7,000 and $6,500, respectively, from the USPOULTRY Foundation. The checks were presented by Richie King, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association board member, to Dr. Michelle Ganci, lecturer, poultry instructor and internship coordinator with the Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education Department at California State University, Fresno, and Marlies Boyd, professor with Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at Modesto Junior College.

“The USPOULTRY Foundation recruitment grant is an indispensable resource for universities and colleges, such as California State University, Fresno, and Modesto Junior College, that help encourage students to consider a career in the poultry industry," said King. "The poultry industry is constantly growing, and attracting youth to become a part of our industry is essential for our future."

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The USPOULTRY Foundation board approved student recruiting grants totaling more than $160,000 to the six U.S. universities with poultry science departments and 15 other institutions with industry-related programs. The foundation provides annual recruiting funds to colleges and universities to attract students to their poultry programs.