The USPOULTRY Foundation awarded a $4,620 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 by West Liberty Foods Chairman and USPOULTRY Board Member Paul Hill to Iowa State Department of Animal Science Assistant Professor Dawn Koltes and Student and Poultry Interest Group President Katelyn Boeding. Joining in the presentation was Iowa Turkey Federation Director of Communications Morgan Minnehan.
The poultry interest group at Iowa State University 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 poultry industry tours and events and educational videos for new student recruitment.
The USPOULTRY Foundation awarded recruiting grants totaling $302,510 to 26 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.