U.S. Poultry & Egg Association’s (USPOULTRY) research program has passed a noteworthy milestone. Combined with the USPOULTRY Harold E. Ford Foundation (USPOULTRY Foundation), more than $30 million has been funded in research grants to meet the challenges facing the poultry and egg industry. Since the first $5,000 grant awarded in 1963 to Dr. Allen Edgar at Auburn University to study control measures for infectious bursal disease (Gumboro), USPOULTRY’s investment in research has been a significant factor in the growth and prosperity of the U.S. poultry industry.
The research program also continues to evolve. The Board Research Initiative was created in 2013 by the boards of both organization to address specific issues identified by the directors. It operates concurrently with the traditional research funding, referred to as the Comprehensive Research Program, in which proposals are submitted for funding consideration. Research topics for the Comprehensive Program are available on the USPOULTRY website, www.uspoultry.org. A third component is Emergency Research Funding, allocated when an exceptional need arises, such as the 2015-2016 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak.