Fall seminar series provides information on poultry career opportunities

September 23, 2013 under Events

DKQ_6534With employment opportunities in the poultry industry thriving, the University of Delaware will host a Poultry Careers Seminar Series starting Sept. 26 and running into October geared toward students interested in positions in the field.

The seminars will all take place at 6 p.m. in Room 101 of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Allen Laboratory and will provide students opportunities to speak directly to employers offering internships, management trainee programs and full-time positions. A free dinner will be offered before each seminar and there will be drawings for two $50 Barnes and Noble gift cards for students who attend all four seminars.

The first seminar will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26, and will feature Connie Parvis and Byron C. Field.

Parvis is the director of education and consumer information at Delmarva Poultry Industry (DPI) Inc., a nonprofit trade association working for the continued progress of the broiler chicken industry on the Delmarva Peninsula. Members include more than 1,000 farm families raising chickens, five poultry companies producing birds for farmers, and thousands of poultry company employees and allied industry suppliers of products and services.

Field is the federal state supervisor of the Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). AMS Poultry Programs facilitates the marketing of poultry, poultry products and eggs. The USDA AMS also oversees the efficient, fair marketing of American agricultural products, including food, fiber and specialty crops, in the global marketplace.

Additional seminars will be on Tuesday, Oct. 15; Tuesday Oct. 22; and Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Presenters at these seminars will include representatives from Perdue Farms, Cobb-Vantress, Mountaire Farms, UD Cooperative Extension and more.

There will also be information about a travel opportunity to Atlanta in January 2014 to attend the U.S. Poultry Foundation’s College Student Career Program, held during the International Poultry Expo, a major international poultry and agribusiness trade show.

The program will allow students opportunities to interview with 25 regional, national and international poultry and agribusiness companies and organizations and to network with representatives of more than 1,100 companies. Most travel expenses are covered with minimal cost to students attending this conference.

Students who attended the trade show last year said they found the event to be incredibly beneficial, with all five seniors and the one graduate student receiving one or more employment offers, and with at least three of the students accepting positions and now working in the poultry industry.

Students interested in attending any of these seminars should log into their Blue Hen Career account to RSVP for the seminar series or write to Diane Venninger at dvenning@udel.edu for each individual seminar so that food can be planned accordingly.

For more information, email Venninger at dvenning@udel.edu.

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Arthur W. Perdue Graduate Fellowship Program to be established at UD

September 19, 2013 under CANR News

Receiving gift from Perdue Company at the Carvel Research Center.  SHOWN: (l to r) Dr. Jack Gelb, chair of ANFS, Dr. Bruce Stewart-Brown of Perdue, and Dr. Mark Rieger Dean of CANR.The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, has awarded the University of Delaware $125,000 over the next three-years to establish the Arthur W. Perdue Graduate Fellowship in the University’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences.

“The college is grateful to Perdue for providing funding for one of our greatest needs, graduate education,” said Mark Rieger, dean of UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “Beyond the funding per se, the gift allows for a closer relationship between UD and Perdue, and we will learn much from each other as we collaborate.”

“The generous contribution from the Perdue Foundation will be used to recruit outstanding graduate students to pursue the Ph.D. degree in poultry science,” said Jack Gelb, professor and chairperson of the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. “In addition to working with faculty at UD, the chosen students will collaborate with scientists at Perdue, and will travel and attend scientific meetings in the U.S. and abroad. We are proud to be the recipient of this gift and look forward to training top young scientists and future leaders in poultry science.”

As Arthur W. Perdue Fellows, the selected students will focus on possible research through the University’s Avian Biosciences Center in the areas of broiler growth and efficiency, muscle biology and physiology, and emerging infectious avian diseases and their control.

Another area of possible research may focus on intestinal microbiology, physiology and impacts on microbial populations, including those that present foodborne disease challenges.

“The University of Delaware has been serving the needs of the poultry industry on Delmarva for more than 50 years,” said Bruce Stewart-Brown, senior vice president of food safety and quality at Perdue Farms. “We’re pleased to establish a new legacy of learning and higher education through this grant from the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. We value the opportunity to provide research opportunities to aspiring scientists whose work will benefit not only Perdue, but others in the poultry industry. We see this as a mutually beneficial partnership.”

About Perdue Farms

Perdue Farms is the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness, and represents the Perdue family ownership.  Since its beginning on Arthur Perdue’s farm in 1920, through expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the Perdue brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, to the third-generation of family leadership with chairman Jim Perdue, Perdue Farms has remained a family-owned, family-operated business dedicated to making Perdue the most trusted name in food and agricultural products. To learn more about Perdue, visit the website.

The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. The foundation provides grants on behalf of Perdue Farms in communities where large numbers of company associates live and work.

Photos by Doug Baker

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