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Poultry Science Association 98th annual meeting

The Poultry Science Association (PSA) held its 98th Annual Meeting from 20-23 July in Raleigh, NC, USA.

Hosted by North Carolina State University, the 4-day meeting was the setting for several major symposia, the presentation and discussion of hundreds of scientific papers, and the announcement of more than 20 research and industry-related awards. PSA also announced its new slate of officers and directors for the upcoming 12 months.

A total of 776 people attended this year’s meeting, up almost 7% from the 2008 Centennial Meeting in Niagara Falls. Excluding staff members and several students attending only one of the symposia, the attendees hailed from 40 states and 34 countries, with international participants accounting for 27% of the total.

Attendees had the opportunity to attend 5 key symposia, select to hear any of 241 oral presentations and view 211 poster exhibitions on basic and applied research on poultry-related topics.

The overarching theme for the 2009 meeting was “The University and Industry Connection: Building Bridges for our Future.”

Poultry Science Association's outgoing president, Mike Lacy: “This year’s meeting was a powerful example of the strength and vibrancy of poultry science in the US and Canada. As the theme of the meeting suggested, solving the increasingly complex challenges of the future – in areas as diverse as food safety, the environmental impact of poultry production, and animal welfare issues – will require even stronger collaboration between poultry researchers and the poultry industry. As PSA’s new president, Dr. Sally Noll, takes the reins, I have every confidence that PSA’s members will, as always, rise to the occasion.”

The 2010 PSA Annual Meeting will be held jointly next year with ADSA, AMPA, and ASAS in Denver, Colorado, from 11-15 July.

Natalie Berkhout

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