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John Boney Named Assistant Professor of Poultry Science at Penn State

Posted: July 23, 2018

Boney will work closely with the poultry industry in environmental stewardship and new strategies in nutrient utilization.

John Boney, Ph.D., has joined the faculty of Penn State's Department of Animal Science and will work closely with Pennsylvania's important poultry industry in environmental stewardship and improved poultry performance by innovating and adopting new strategies in nutrient utilization. His appointment is 75 percent Extension and 25 percent teaching. 

A native of Caldwell, OH, Boney earned his degrees from West Virginia University: B.S. in Animal and Nutritional Science; M.S. in Animal and Food Science and Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition and Food Science with a focus in applied poultry nutrition and feed manufacturing.

While at West Virginia, Boney served as the West Virginia University pilot feed mill manager allowing him to be engaged in one of the most active feed manufacturing and broiler nutrition research laboratories in the United States. In the position he conducted feed mill tours and demonstrations to students, industry representatives and others and recognized the opportunities in the growing field of poultry science.

He also conducted poultry extension workshops throughout the state of West Virginia on poultry rearing, nutrition and processing techniques. He worked with extension in preparing and conducting statewide poultry Career Development Events for FFA and poultry judging competitions for 4-H.

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Animal Science, said, "It is a great pleasure to welcome John as part of our poultry science faculty. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise which will be important to Pennsylvania's valuable poultry industry."

Boney, who began his work at Penn State in January, said, "I believe my background will provide beneficial research and outreach to the diversity of commercial broiler, layer and turkey operations throughout Pennsylvania. I am excited to be working with the poultry industry stakeholders as Pennsylvania's poultry industry continues to grow and expand. My goal is to be an open resource to these stakeholders, someone they can come to with ideas that can be studied at this land grant institution."

Boney grew up on a small cow/calf and feedlot operation, and was active in both 4-H and FFA, showing many species and participating in judging competitions through FFA.