HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Aviagen® cares about the sustainability of the global industry and investing in the education of future poultry professionals is key to its long-term success, the company announced. Putting a commitment to the industry and education into practice, Aviagen North America recently pledged financial support for the Auburn University Charles C. Miller Jr. Poultry Research and Education Center.
The amount will be contributed in equal yearly installments and spread over five years, earmarked mainly for:
- Financial assistance for the ongoing operation of the Miller Center as a premier poultry education center.
- Endowed Professorship to recognize and support the highly qualified professors who will educate the next generation of poultry specialists.
- Fellowship awarded annually to an incoming or existing Auburn University graduate student to help prepare them for a lifetime of success in their careers and their contribution to the industry.
Impacting lives around the globe
Both Aviagen and Auburn representatives agree that the work done at the Miller Poultry Research and Education Center is important to the future of our industry, as well as to our ability to help create a better future for the world.
“We are delighted to be able to contribute to the center, helping to further the important work that takes place there,” said Marc de Beer, president of Aviagen North America. “Their research and innovation are vital to the sustainability of our industry, and we share the Center’s mission to drive improvement that continually advances the industry and our ability to feed our ever-growing local and global communities with an affordable, nutritious source of protein.”
Dr. William Dozier, head of Auburn University’s Department of Poultry Science, added, “We appreciate Aviagen’s support and the company’s commitment to research and educating our future poultry industry leaders. Aviagen’s contribution will help our department pursue research that addresses pressing industry needs and improve the final product that consumers bring into their homes. At Auburn, our goal is to help prepare our students to learn in an environment where production meets education. What they learn during their time with us will ensure that their work impacts lives around the globe.”
The Miller Poultry Research and Education Center is located on a 30-acre site in North Auburn. Current facilities include a feed mill, processing plant, hatchery, poultry health building, five floor pen facilities, battery house, administration and classroom building and the National Poultry Technology Center, as well as several support facilities. To read more about this innovative poultry research complex, visit https://agriculture.auburn.edu/research/poul/charles-miller-jr-poultry-center/.
For more information about Aviagen, visit www.aviagen.com.