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USPoultry and Ford Foundation Fund New Research

by 5m Editor
22 September 2009, at 8:06am

US - US Poultry & Egg Association and the US Poultry & Egg Harold E. Ford Foundation have appropriated a total of $339,560 for seven new research grants at six institutions.


The Association approved $169,064, for five projects, and the Ford Foundation approved $170,496, for two projects.

The funding was based on recommendations from the Foundation Research Advisory Committee. The committee evaluates research proposals to determine their value to the industry before making recommendations for funding. Members are professional specialists from different segments of the poultry and egg industry who represent a variety of disciplines.

The Association's research programme dates back to the early 1960s, when funds were first approved for poultry disease research. It gradually grew into a comprehensive program studying every phase of poultry and egg production and processing. Since those early days, USPoultry has reinvested more than $22 million into the industry in the form of research grants. The International Poultry Expo is the primary source for the funding. More than 50 universities and federal and state facilities have received grants since the inception of the programme.

"Research has long been one of the cornerstones of USPOULTRY service to the industry," said Monty Henderson, George's, Inc. of Springdale, Arkansas, Association chairman. "And the Advisory Committee is the foundation of the program. Committee members devote many hours studying and evaluating the value of research proposals before making recommendations for funding. We are grateful for their excellent work," he added.

Association-approved grants include:

  • Bacterial Recolonization of Previously In-house Composted Broiler Litter - USDA-ARS
  • Experimental Reproduction of Enterococcal Vertebral Osteoarthritis (EVOA) - North Carolina State University
  • Studying IBV Hatchery Vaccination and Its Effect on Field Boost in Broilers - University of Georgia
  • Assessment of Biological Nitrogen Removal (BNR) in Poultry Processing Facilities - Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Evaluation of New Energy Efficient Lighting Technologies for Poultry Housing - University of Delaware

Foundation-approved grants include:

  • Full Length Genomes of Infectious laryngotracheitis Virus (ILTV) Strains and Live Attenuated Vaccines: Rationale for the Design of Recombinant ILTV Vaccines - University of Georgia
  • Evaluation of Animal Protein Meals on Nutritional Quality and Microbial Profile of the Gastrointestinal Tract - Auburn University