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U of A System Division of Agriculture, Adisseo announce professorship endowment and research collaboration

By Fred Miller
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Nov. 7, 2018

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  • Division of Agriculture joins Adisseo to endow professorship
  • Division and Adisseo agree to collaborate on poultry nutrition research
  • Company name pronounced: ad-eh-SAY-oh

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas System Division of Agricutlure and Adisseo, a France-based animal nutrition company, have established a collaborative partnership to advance agricultural poultry nutrition research.

PARTNERSHIP — Jean-François Meullenet. director of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, from left; Stefan Jakob, director R&D Nutrition and Animal Health, Adisseo France; and Mark Cochran, vice president of agriculture, sign a memorandum of understanding to establish an endowed professorship and collaborative research. (Photo courtesy of Adisseo)

A memorandum of understanding, signed Oct. 18 by Mark Cochran, vice president-agriculture for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, and Stefan Jakob, director of Research and Development in Nutrition and Animal Health at Adisseo, establishes an endowed professorship in the division’s department of poultry science, Cochran said.

The MOA and endowment were signed at the Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences on the Arkansas Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. 

Jakob said the professorship will provide leadership in poultry nutrition and promote further development of sustainable poultry nutrition strategies. “It will simplify the exchange between academic research and industry application,” he said.

“The University of Arkansas is pleased to be establishing a close collaboration with Adisseo,” Cochran said. “We are convinced that this partnership will be highly beneficial for academic research and its translation into industry application.”

“This agreement will further contribute to the leadership of the Division of Agriculture and Adisseo in this field,” Cochran said. “Moreover, the signature of this memorandum of understanding is an important milestone for strengthening the relationship between research and agricultural applications.”

Jakob said, “Adisseo is very proud to work closely with the division, a world renowned research center in poultry science. This is an important part of Adisseo’s efforts as a world leader in nutritional and feed solutions, with a special focus on ways to sustainably feed the planet.”

Mike Kidd, head of the poultry science department, said, “Numerous faculty have expressed a desire to strengthen research synergies at both the fundamental and industry application levels.”

Kidd said the endowed faculty position and collaborative research will focus on poultry nutrition.

The Division of Agriculture and Adisseo celebrated with a gathering that brought together faculty and students from the U of A’s Center of Excellence for Poultry Science with researchers, scientists and technical staff from Adisseo.

Once the endowed professorship position is filled, ongoing research at both institutions will be developed together and strengthened with broader projects, Jakob said.

To learn more about Division of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station website: Follow us on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch.

About Adisseo

Adisseo is one of the world's leading experts in feed additives. The group relies on its 11 research centers and its production sites based in Europe, USA and China to design, produce and market nutritional solutions for sustainable animal feed. With more than 2,100 employees, it serves around 3,500 customers in over 100 different countries through its global distribution network. 

Adisseo is one of the main subsidiaries of China National BlueStar, leader in the Chinese chemical industry with nearly 23,000 employees and a turnover of 7,4 billion USD. Adisseo is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Adisseo Corporate website:

About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Media Contact: Fred Miller
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station
(479) 575-5647