Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton, Ga., has been awarded a $3,800 grant to assist the college in recruiting poultry science students. The grant was made possible by an endowing Foundation gift from the Don Dalton Student Recruiting Fund. Don Dalton had a long and successful career in the poultry industry and was a previous president of the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association. He was also president of the USPOULTRY Harold E. Ford Foundation.
“The broiler and layer industries are two high ranking economic drivers in the state of Georgia. The poultry industry has grown significantly in South Georgia; thus the career opportunities for well-prepared college graduates are increasing in ABAC’s region. This grant will allow us to raise awareness of this field of study among current and potential ABAC students,” explained Dr. Martha Moen, assistant professor at ABAC.
In 2016, the USPOULTRY Foundation board approved student recruiting grants totaling $291,000 to 32 colleges and universities across the United States with a poultry science department or industry related degree program. The Harold E. Ford Foundation provides annual recruiting funds to colleges and universities to attract students to their poultry programs. The grants are made possible by gifts to the Foundation from companies, individuals and families, in addition to funds earned over the years at the International Poultry Expo, part of the International Production & Processing Expo.