Poultry groups approve $300,000 in new research grants

USPOULTRY and USPOULTRY Foundation approve $300,000 for five new research grants at four institutions.

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Assn. (USPOULTRY) and the USPOULTRY Foundation have approved $300,000 for five new research grants at four institutions.

More than $1 million are now being invested in industry research for 2016, the groups said. The most recent research funding was approved by the boards of directors of both organizations based on recommendations from the Foundation Research Advisory Committee, which evaluates research proposals to determine their value to the industry and makes recommendations to the boards for funding.

The research was made possible, in part, by donations to the USPOULTRY Harold E. Ford Foundation 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.

“Research continues to be an important part of USPOULTRY and Foundation service to the industry,” said USPOULTRY chairman Paul Hill with West Liberty Foods, Ellsworth, Iowa. “The Foundation Research Advisory Committee is the core of the research program. Members devote many hours studying and evaluating research proposals before making recommendations for funding. We appreciate and value their excellent work.”

The latest research grants and institutions include:

* "Evaluation of Factors that Affect Susceptibility & Control of Reovirus-Induced Viral Arthritis in Broiler Chickens," Aviserve LLC — made possible by a gift from Fieldale Farms;

* “The Use of Vision Grading of Broiler Carcasses to Predict Presence of Woody Breast Characteristics," University of Arkansas — made possible by a gift from George’s Inc.;

* "Evaluation of Poultry House Heat Treatment as Post Outbreak as an Alternative to Wet Cleaning & Disinfection," University of Delaware — made possible by a gift from Peco Foods;

* "Optimizing Amino Acid Digestibility & Energy Values Used in Diet Formulations for Broilers Vaccinated against Coccidiosis," University of Arkansas — made possible by a gift from Simmons Foods, and

* "Laying Hen Ectoparasites: Impact of Salmonella typhimurium and Salmonella heidelberg," Purdue University — made possible by a gift from Centurion Poultry.

USPOULTRY is an all-feather organization representing the complete spectrum of the poultry industry. Its mission is to progressively serve member companies through research, education, communication and technical assistance. USPOULTRY was founded in 1947 and is based in Tucker, Ga.

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