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US Poultry and Ford Foundation fund new research

The US Poultry & Egg Association and the US Poultry & Egg Harold E. Ford Foundation have approved a total of $325,093 for seven new research grants at five institutions.

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 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 studying all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. Since the inception of the research program, USPOULTRY has reinvested more than 22 million dollars 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 over the years.

"Research has long been an important part of USPOULTRY service to the industry," said Steve Willardson, Cargill Value Added Meats, and US Poultry & Egg Association chairman. "The Advisory Committee is the foundation of the program. Committee members devote many hours studying and evaluating research proposals before making recommendations for funding. We are grateful for their excellent work. And, a special thanks to Dr. John Smith, Fieldale Farms, for his effort and commitment chairing the research committee.

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