California State University, Fresno, and Modesto Junior College in California recently received student recruitment grants of $7,000 and $6,300, respectively, from the USPOULTRY Foundation. The checks were presented by Richie King, vice president of chicken plant operations for Foster Farms, and USPOULTRY board member, to Dr. Michelle Ganci, lecturer, poultry instructor and internship coordinator, Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education Department, California State University, Fresno, and Marlies Boyd, professor, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Modesto Junior College.
"We are very thankful for the generosity of U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and for the grant we have received again this year for development of our poultry science program. We will use the funds to assist with the FFA state poultry judging contest, attending the California Poultry Federation meetings and conference, as well as working with our local 4-H and FFA groups with various projects, tours and clinics," said Ganci.
"We were very fortunate to receive the USPOULTRY Foundation grant. The funds will be used to support and promote the Modesto Junior College Poultry Science major. The grant will help us purchase awards for our annual poultry judging competition, which attracts students from all over the state. We will be hosting the Stanco (Stanislaus County) poultry show at Modesto Junior College thanks to the funding, and we will also be traveling to the State FFA Convention to participate in the career show," commented Boyd.
The USPOULTRY Foundation board approved student recruiting grants totaling more than $183,000 to the six U.S. universities with poultry science departments and 14 other institutions with industry-related programs. The foundation provides annual recruiting funds to colleges and universities to attract students to their poultry programs.