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Penn State Receives Grant from USPOULTRY Harold Ford Foundation

Posted: March 9, 2015

Penn State representatives accept the check International Production & Processing Expo.

Penn State representatives accept the check International Production & Processing Expo.

Careers within the poultry industry abound, and Penn State's Department of Animal Science strives to prepare and encourage students to become future leaders within the industry.  In support of these efforts, the Department has received a $10,000 grant from the USPOULTRY Harold Ford Foundation's Industry Education Recruitment Fund.

The funds will be used to recruit students to attend Penn State and seek a career in the poultry industry, and to educate youth through outreach to 4-H'ers across the state.

Phillip Clauer, Instructor in the Department of Animal Science, said, "We are very grateful to have received the $10,000 grant, It will be extremely helpful in supporting our students' interactions with 4-H'ers and in bringing outstanding speakers to the campus." Penn State was eligible for additional funds because of the addition of its Poultry and Avian Science minor, established in 2005. 

Clauer noted that funds will also be used to support Youth Poultry 101 (an annual poultry conference for youth age 12-18), State 4-H contests,  travel support for the Pennsylvania 4-H delegation to attend the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference,  student group tours to events within the poultry industry, and many other recruiting materials and functions. Each year the Department's new student industry tour features one stop that focuses on the poultry industry.

Students who are members of the Poultry Science have committed to presenting programs on the poultry industry to 4-H'ers throughout the state and they help promote the industry and the University at events such as the Pennsylvania Farm Show and Ag Progress Days. Some of the funds also support recruiting trips to the Penn State campus for potential students and their families.

The success of the poultry program is evident in the large numbers of 4-H'ers involved in poultry projects and the increasing number of students who opt for the Poultry and Avian Science major. Graduates have also had enormous success in obtaining jobs within the industry upon graduation.

If you are interested in studying Poultry Science contact Phillip J. Clauer for more information at pclauer@psu.edu.   Penn State has numerous scholarship, internship and job opportunities available for students and graduates of our Poultry and Avian Science Minor.