USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation have approved a total of $243,166 for two new research grants at two institutions through the Board Research Initiative 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. 

One grant was awarded to Auburn University, with funding through a gift from Cargill. The Auburn University project is titled Determining the Dose, Time and Route of Challenge and the Eventual Sites of Colonization of Two Salmonella Serovars.

The other grant was awarded to the University of Arkansas, with funding through a gift from Prestage Farms. This project is titled Characterizing Thermal Micro-Environment during Poultry Transportation.

The USPOULTRY Board Research Initiative was created by the Boards of USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation to address current issues facing the poultry industry. The USPOULTRY Board Research Initiative operates alongside the current USPOULTRY research program and augments the great success of the existing program by focusing additional resources toward defined areas of research.

USPOULTRY and its foundation operate a comprehensive research program incorporating all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. Since the inception of the research program, USPOULTRY has reinvested more than $25 million dollars into the industry in the form of research grants, with the International Poultry Expo as the primary source for the funding. More than 50 universities and federal and state facilities have received grants over the years.