The USPOULTRY Foundation has awarded a grant totaling $22,130 to Auburn University. The grant will be used by the Poultry Science Department to fund student recruitment activities. The check was presented by Mark Waller, sales and processing director for Ingram Farms and past chairman of USPOULTRY, to Dr. Don Conner, head of Auburn University’s Department of Poultry Science. Alabama Poultry & Egg Association CEO Johnny Adams was also present for the check presentation. The grant was made possible by an endowing Foundation gift from Ingram Farms.

“USPOULTRY Foundation student recruiting grants perform a critical part in encouraging students to enroll in industry-related studies and in becoming future leaders of the poultry industry. Our company is pleased to support the Foundation’s efforts in recruiting students to the industry,” said Waller.

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.