The U.S. Poultry & Egg Harold E. Ford Foundation (USPOULTRY Foundation) awarded a student recruiting grant to Wayne Community College in North Carolina. The $4,295 grant, made possible in part from an endowing Foundation gift from Case Farms, will be used to recruit students into the poultry program at Wayne Community College.

“We cannot thank the USPOULTRY Foundation and Case Farms enough for the grant award. We will use the funds to help promote careers in the poultry industry at the high school level, at the Poultry Exhibit during the yearly Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair, and through a poultry learning lab kit that provides mini lessons about poultry at the middle school level,” said Jennifer Johnson, Applied Animal Science instructor at Wayne Community College.

The USPOULTRY Foundation board awarded student recruiting grants totaling $282,500 for the 2017-2018 school year to 35 colleges and universities across the United States with a poultry science department or industry-related degree program 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.