USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation have approved $388,992 for five new research grants at five institutions. 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.
The Association’s longstanding comprehensive research program dates back to the early 1960s when funds were first approved for poultry disease research. It gradually grew into an all-inclusive program incorporating all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. Since the inception of the research program, USPOULTRY has reinvested more than $27 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.
The research grants for each institution include:
- Characterization of a Virus as the Possible Cause of Superficial Pectoral Myodegeneration and Sclerosis (SPMS).
North Carolina State University (research grant made possible by an endowing Foundation gift from Case Farms)
- Validating Current Broiler Welfare Auditing Programs and Advancing Enrichment.
Iowa State University (research grant made possible by an endowing Foundation gift from Ozark Mountain Poultry)
- Enhancing the Antimicrobial Efficacy of Organic Acid Blends to Kill Salmonella enterica and Campylobacter jejuni on Broiler Skin.
Alabama A&M University (research grant made possible by an endowing Foundation gift from Ingram Farms)
- Fate and Effect of Peracetic Acid in Poultry Processing Wastewater Treatment Systems..
Georgia Institute of Technology (research grant made possible by an endowing Foundation gift from Cargill)
- Cage-Free Housing: Northern Fowl Mite Impact on Laying Hens.
Purdue University (research grant made possible by an endowing Foundation gift from Cal-Maine Foods)