USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation approved a total of $290,762 for eight new research grants at six institutions. The research will fund studies to improve poultry diets, health and management.
"Research is a significant aspect of USPOULTRY's service to the industry," said Mark Waller, USPOULTRY chairman. He also praised the contributions of the Foundation Research Advisory Committee, which provides recommendations for funding.
The committee, which is comprised of members from USPOULTRY and The USPOULTRY Foundation, 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.
Waller said the Foundation Research Advisory Committee is the essence of the research program.
"Committee members dedicate numerous hours reviewing and assessing research proposals before making recommendations for funding, and we truly value their excellent insight and commitment. We would also like to give recognition to Dr. John Smith of Fieldale Farms for his continued dedication in chairing the research committee," Waller said.
The latest research grants from each institution include:
Development of Campylobacter jejuni Proteins as In Ovo Vaccines for Broiler Chickens – USDA-ARS
Pilot Study: Colostomy and Urine Collection Protocol for Investigating Potential Inciting Causes of Hen Diuresis Syndrome – Mississippi State University
Role of Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles in Necrotic Enteritis Development – Auburn University
Frequent Application of Litter Amendments in Broiler Houses – University of Delaware
Understanding Arkansas IBV Vaccination Failures – University of Georgia
Factors Affecting Air Velocity and Heat Removal in Tunnel-Ventilated Broiler Houses – University of Georgia
Ultrasonics and Its Synergy for Poultry Water Disinfection – Georgia Tech Research Institute
Pathotyping of Current Marek's Disease Virus Field Strains and Identification of Sequence Variants to Predict Virulence – USDA-ARS
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 $24 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.