TUCKER, Ga — U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and the USPOULTRY Foundation have approved a total of $248,499 for three new research grants at three institutions through the Board Research Initiative program.
Institutions receiving the grants and the grant topics include:
- USDA Agricultural Reserach Service (research grant made possible by a gift from Cal-Maine Foods) — “Development and Production of Salmonella Multi-serotypic and Multi-subunit Vaccines for Hens.”
- University of Georgia (research grant made possible by a gift from CCF Brands) — “Development of Improved Integrated Pest Management Programs to Control Vectors of Salmonella on Hen Farms.”
- Clemson University (research grant made possible by a gift from Perdue Farms) — “Evaluation of Risk Factors Associated with Salmonella Contamination in Post-chilled Carcasses and Secondary Processing Products in a Poultry Plant.”
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 different segments of the poultry and egg industry who represent a variety of disciplines.
The USPOULTRY Board Research Initiative was created by the boards of USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation to address current issues facing the poultry industry. The USPOULTRY Board Research Initiative operates alongside the current USPOULTRY research program and augments the existing program by focusing additional resources toward defined areas of research.
Since the inception of the research program, USPOULTRY has reinvested more than $25 million dollars into the industry in the form of research grants, with the International Poultry Expo as the primary source for the funding. More than 50 universities and federal and state facilities have received grants over the years.