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Penn State receives USPOULTRY Foundation recruiting grant

Posted: November 4, 2011

The Poultry Science Department in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has received a student-recruiting grant from the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association (USPOULTRY) Foundation.
James Adams (center), treasurer for the USPOULTRY board of directors, presents a check for $7,000 to Phillip Clauer (right), senior instructor in poultry science, as Robert Elkin, professor and head of poultry science, looks on.

James Adams (center), treasurer for the USPOULTRY board of directors, presents a check for $7,000 to Phillip Clauer (right), senior instructor in poultry science, as Robert Elkin, professor and head of poultry science, looks on.

James Adams, treasurer for the USPOULTRY board of directors and a Penn State alumnus, recently presented a check for $7,000 to Phillip Clauer, senior instructor in poultry science and coordinator of Penn State Extension poultry youth programs, and Robert Elkin, professor and head of poultry science.

The award was among grants totaling more than $180,000 to the six U.S. universities with poultry science departments and 14 other institutions with poultry programs. The USPOULTRY Foundation provides annual recruiting funds to colleges and universities to attract students to their poultry programs.

"Penn State would like to thank the USPOULTRY Foundation for its continued funding," said Clauer. "We have had back-to-back strong freshman classes, and the foundation's support for our youth program has had a lot to do with our ability to continue bringing in good students."

Adams noted that there is a vital need to attract students to study for careers in the poultry industry. "We need bright, young managers to join our companies today, as they will eventually be the leaders of tomorrow," he said. "USPOULTRY Foundation recruiting grants play an important role in encouraging students to enroll in poultry studies."

The U.S. Poultry and Egg Association is an "all-feather" organization representing the complete spectrum of today's poultry industry, with a focus on serving member companies through research funding, education, communication and technical assistance. Founded in 1947, the association is based in Tucker, Ga.