The U.S. Poultry & Egg Assn. (USPOULTRY) and the USPOULTRY Foundation have approved $355,000 for seven 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 member companies representing different segments of the poultry and egg industry with expertise in a variety of disciplines.
“Research continues to be an important component of USPOULTRY's and the foundation’s service to the industry, as we have now crossed the $30 million threshold in reinvesting back in the industry through research. The Foundation Research Advisory Committee is the core of the research program, with committee members providing numerous hours studying and evaluating research proposals before making recommendations for funding. We sincerely appreciate and value their excellent work,” said USPOULTRY chairman Jerry Moye, retired president of Cobb-Vantress.
The research grants for each institution include:
* University of Kansas — "A Single Step Poultry Wastewater Remediation for In Situ Recovery of Potable Water & Value-Added Products" (research grant made possible in part by an endowing foundation gift from Pilgrim’s).
* Pennsylvania State University — "Improved Fly Control on Poultry Facilities with Microbial Products" (research grant made possible in part by an endowing foundation gift from Midwest Poultry Services).
* University of Delaware — "Improving Cold Weather Foam Depopulation Operation" (research grant made possible in part by an endowing foundation gift from Mountaire Farms).
* University of Georgia — "Evaluation of the Combined Effects of Air Movement & Reduced House Relative Humidity on Bird Health & Welfare in the Early Phase of Commercial Broiler Production" (research grant made possible in part by an endowing foundation gift from Wayne Farms).
* Auburn University — "Nutritional Strategies to Reduce the Incidence of Wooden Breast in Pectoralis Major Muscles in Broiler Chickens" (research grant made possible in part by an endowing foundation by a gift from Peco Foods).
* University of Georgia — "Potential Impact of Litter Quality on Escherichia coli-Associated Cellulitis in Production Turkeys in Iowa" (research grant made possible in part by an endowing foundation by a gift from the Cooper Family Foundation).
* Auburn University — "Developing & Validating a Bioelectrical Impedance Index for Rapid Detection of Woody Breast Fillets" (research grant made possible in part by an endowing foundation by a gift from Claxton Poultry).
USPOULTRY, founded in 1947, is an all-feather organization representing the complete spectrum of today’s poultry industry. Its mission is to progressively serve member companies through research, education, communication and technical assistance.