Poultry at the center of a virtual excursion


Researchers and industry staff will provide an overview on Thursday of current and future efforts to strengthen the sustainability of the country’s poultry industry.

The virtual outing starts at 10 a.m. and those interested can register online at https://uada.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_G_6Zs_IDQRqv1EoeWI_nQA.

The event is the latest in a series of educational events hosted by the University of Arkansas Agriculture System Division and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service, according to A press release.

The broiler industry was valued at $ 28.3 billion in 2019, according to the USDA. Arkansas is the second-largest broiler state in the United States, producing more than 7.42 billion pounds of chicken worth $ 3.6 billion in 2019, according to the press release.

“The poultry industry is a major player in the economies of the United States and Arkansas,” said Rita Watson, Virtual Education Program Associate for the Agriculture Division. “With this event, we wanted to provide an overview of this key industry, as well as the sustainability efforts currently underway and research that will strengthen these efforts in the future.”


The subjects on the agenda and the speakers will be:

Poultry Sustainability Snapshot – David Caldwell, Head of Poultry Science for the Agriculture Division and the Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences.

Tyson Foods Sustainability and Animal Welfare Efforts – Jamie Burr, Director of Sustainability Implementation, and Karen Christensen, Senior Director of Animal Welfare, Office of Animal Welfare.

Sustainable Farm Efforts – Karl Vandevender, Extension Engineer and Professor, Agriculture Division.

The series focuses on the conservation benefits that researchers at the University of Alberta have developed in terms of water quality, irrigation water use, climate change, soil health. , profitability and sustainability.

Each event features expert presentations, a Q&A session, and free 7E and GRC-3D course guides for high school teachers in Arkansas.

To learn more about Arkansas’ virtual education efforts in agriculture, visit https://bit.ly/3wvo7uD/.

To learn more about extension programs in Arkansas, contact a local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu.

To learn more about the Division of Agriculture’s research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station website: https://aaes.uark.edu. Follow the agency on Twitter at @AgInArk, @AR_Extension or @ArkAgResearch.