TUCKER, Ga. — U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and the USPOULTRY Foundation have approved a total of $288,664 for seven new research grants at three institutions.
The research grants were awarded to the University of Georgia, three grants, two made possible by a gift from Mar-Jac Poultry and from Fieldale Farms; University of Delaware, two grants; and USDA’s Agriculture Research Service, two grants, one made possible by a gift from GNP Co.
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.
“Research is an important part of USPOULTRY’s and the foundation’s service to the industry,” said Sherman Miller, Cal-Maine Foods, Jackson, Miss., and USPOULTRY chairman. “The Foundation Research Advisory Committee is the heart of the research program with committee members allocating numerous hours studying and evaluating research proposals before making recommendations for funding. We sincerely appreciate and value their excellent work.”
The association’s research program dates back to the early 1960s when funds were first approved for poultry disease research. It gradually grew into a comprehensive program incorporating all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. 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.