USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation have approved approximately $500,000 in funding for five new research grants at five institutions through the Board Research Initiative program. 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.

The research was made possible in part by donations to the USPOULTRY Foundation. The donations were from a wide range of poultry and egg companies, individuals and families to support the Foundation’s mission of funding industry research and recruiting students into poultry careers.

The research grants for each institution include:

The Role of Dietary Calcium in Necrotic Enteritis Development and Pathogenesis
Texas A&M University (research grant made possible in part by an endowing Foundation gift from Sanderson Farms)

Cochlosoma anatis: Identification of Disease Reservoirs and Factors That Lead to Disease in Turkeys
North Carolina State University (research grant made possible in part by an endowing Foundation gift from Prestage Farms)

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Euthanasia of Large Poultry
Auburn University (research grant made possible by an endowing Foundation gift from USPOULTRY staff)

Determining the Genetic, Antigenic and Structural Relationship among Turkey Reoviruses for Construction of Next Generation Vaccine
Virginia Tech (research grant made possible by an endowing Foundation gift from Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative)

Development and Evaluation of Vaccination Strategies against Turkey Arthritis/Tenosynovitis Reovirus
Pennsylvania State University (research grant made possible by an endowing Foundation gift from Perdue Farms)

The USPOULTRY Board Research Initiative was created by the boards of USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation to address current issues facing the poultry industry. The USPOULTRY Board Research Initiative operates alongside the current USPOULTRY comprehensive research program and augments the great success of the existing program by focusing additional resources toward defined areas of research.

USPOULTRY and its Foundation operate an extensive research program incorporating all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. Since the inception of the research program, USPOULTRY has reinvested more than $31 million dollars into the industry in the form of research grants. More than 50 universities and federal and state facilities have received grants over the years.