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Feb. 16, 2021
By Sara Landis, CommunicationsCenter of Excellence for Poultry ScienceU of A System Division of Agriculture
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Two students of the University of Arkansas poultry science department
received prestigious awards at the 2021 International Poultry Scientific Forum and
the International Production and Processing Expo held virtually, January 26-28, in
IPSF, held in conjunction with IPPE, had 600 attendees. IPSF is sponsored by the Southern
Poultry Science Society, the Southern Conference on Avian Diseases, and U.S. Poultry
and Egg Association. The forum presents information on industry topics such as environmental
management, nutrition, physiology, pathology, processing and products, and avian diseases.
Graduate student presentations totaled 47 and 7 undergraduate students gave oral or
IPPE is hailed as the largest annual trade show for the poultry, meat and feed industries.
Oral presentation winner
Jared Ruff received the Don R. Sloan Undergraduate Award. He conducted his research
under the direction of Billy Hargis, professor of poultry science and director of
the John Kirkpatrick Skeeles Poultry Health Laboratory.
“The majority of my research has been in heat stress and studying ways to mitigate
the negative effects of heat stress in poultry,” Ruff said. His project was titled,
“An evaluation of essential oils products on a heat stress model that induces inflammation
and gastrointestinal leakage in broiler chickens.”
Poster presentation winner
Graduate student Makenly Coles received the C.S. Eidson Student Award for Research
Excellence. For her master’s degree research, she conducts Arkansas Agricultural Experiment
Station research with Hargis.
“My M.S. research is looking at the effects of different essential oil combinations
in the feed on necrotic enteritis in broilers; specifically, essential oils from the
plant Lippa organoides and clove bud oil,” said Coles. The title of her poster was
“Assessment of essential oil formulations on growth performance, intestinal barrier
integrity, and lesions in broiler chickens using a necrotic enteritis laboratory challenge
Twenty-six students from the poultry science department and other departments of the
Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences participated virtually
in the College Student Career Program that is held in conjunction with IPPE. The College
Student Career Program allows seniors and graduate students to interview with potential
employers and underclass students to interview for internships. In addition to interviews,
students had the opportunity to learn about the many career opportunities in the poultry
industry and allied industries around the world.
To learn more about Division of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural
Experiment Station website: https://aaes.uark.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch and Instagram at ArkAgResearch.
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 and services 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.
About the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences:
Bumpers College provides life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates
who will be leaders in the businesses associated with foods, family, the environment,
agriculture, sustainability and human quality of life; and who will be first-choice
candidates of employers looking for leaders, innovators, policy makers and entrepreneurs.
The college is named for Dale Bumpers, former Arkansas governor and longtime U.S.
senator who made the state prominent in national and international agriculture. For
more information about Bumpers College, visit our website, and follow us on Twitter at @BumpersCollege and Instagram at BumpersCollege.
Media Contact: Sara LandisU of A System Division of AgricultureArkansas Agricultural Experiment Station(479) firstname.lastname@example.org