The University of Delaware’s Department of Animal & Food Sciences has been awarded a $4,600 student recruiting grant from the USPOULTRY Foundation. The check was presented by Mike Levengood, vice president of live production for Perdue Farms and USPOULTRY board member, to Robert Alphin, senior instructor and manager of Allen Lab. The grant was made possible by an endowing Foundation gift from Valley Proteins.
“Our department has a strong history rooted in poultry health and production, as well as food safety. The poultry education program is designed to provide opportunities for our students to learn about as many poultry career opportunities as possible and to provide guidance and support for students interested in pursuing careers in the industry,” said instructor Robert Alphin. “Thank you to the USPOULTRY Foundation for their continued support of our efforts.”
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.