The USPOULTRY Foundation awarded a $7,000 student recruiting grant to Iowa State University. The grant was made possible in part by an endowing Foundation gift from West Liberty Foods. The check was presented to Cameron Hall, farm manager and co-advisor for the Poultry Interest Group, by Morgan Minnehan from the Iowa Turkey Federation. Several students from the Block and Bridle Poultry Interest Group were present.

The Poultry Interest Group at Iowa State focuses its attention on encouraging poultry industry interest among the students in the university’s Animal Science Department. The grant funds will be used to fund the club’s recruitment efforts, which include travel to and from IPPE and the College Student Career Program, organizing the State FFA poultry judging contest and other FFA related events and activities.  

The USPOULTRY Foundation awarded recruiting grants totaling $328,300 for the 2018-19 school year to 34 colleges and universities across the United States with either a poultry science department or a poultry studies program. The student recruiting program dates to 1994 when the USPOULTRY board of directors established the Foundation to provide annual recruiting funds to attract students to poultry studies and ultimately into careers in the poultry industry.