PSA Insights
Make the Most of Your PSA Membership
As you may have noticed, PSA is working to offer more than just networking and the Annual Meeting. Through our extensive efforts, we have started to bring you original content, additional exposure to poultry science research, and opportunities to highlight your work!

If you are interested in spreading the word of your research and opening a discussion, I invite you to consider completing the PSA Get Involved Form. Here you can submit your interest in volunteering, participate in Let's Squawk About It (a perfect format to talk about your research), have a paper considered for an Interpretive Summary, and MORE!

I, as well as the rest of the PSA team, am more than happy to help provide you with a platform to make the most of your membership. Stay tuned as we continue to develop further resources in the future just for you!

Sam Shafer
Marketing Manager, PSA
PSA Meeting Updates
Virtual 2021 PSA Annual Meeting
Abstract Information

Abstract Timeline
May 4, 2021
Abstract Deadline (Additional Information)

June 7, 2021
Abstract Decisions Made & Authors Informed

June 15, 2021
Schedule Posted to PSA Website

June 30, 2021
Presenter Materials Due
Abstract Presenter Resources
Curious as to what will be expected of you once your abstract is accepted? Check out these presenter resources to gain an understanding for what you will need to provide in order to present at this year's virtual meeting. These resources include a complete checklist, best practices for recording your presentation (poster presenters do not need to record a presentation this year), and guidelines for submitting materials.
PSA Yearbook
We are compiling a yearbook of photos from past meetings, but we need your help! If you have photos you've taken from a past meeting, we'd love for you to share them with us! You can share your photos through the link below.

The yearbook will be available in the virtual platform during this year's Virtual Annual Meeting.
2021 Latin American Scientific Conference
Abstract Submission
Abstracts will be accepted until June 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM CST. For details, information, and access to the submission site visit the PSA website at the link below.
LinkedIn Connections
Planning to attend the 2021 Latin American Scientific Conference? Mark yourself as attending on LinkedIn and then invite your colleagues! RSVP Here!
Let's "Squawk" About It
COVID-19 & Poultry (A New Zealand Perspective)
New Zealand has seen some of the lowest numbers with regard to COVID-19 transmission, but to get there what had to be done and how are things going? Join us as we discuss this topic with Abbey Mathew of Aviagen New Zealand for this unique perspective.

Want to Participate?
Do you want to squawk with us? Complete the Get Involved with PSA Form to submit your topic for consideration on Let's Squawk About It.
Student of the Year Award
Applications Open!

The PSA Hatchery is accepting applications for Student of the Year until June 1, 2021. The purpose of this award is to recognize an exceptional PSA student member in the time period of August 2020 to March 2021. Full details and application requirements along with the submission form can be read by clicking More Information below. If an applicant has issues submitting to the form, please contact Sam Shafer.
Interpretive Summary
Ducks and Rice Paddies?

A recent study in Poultry Science® investigated the impact of raising ducks in a rice farming system had on duck carcass traits.

Check out the full interpretive summary and what this means for producers!

PSA Member Spotlight
Know someone you'd like to nominate for Member Spotlights or want to nominate yourself? Contact Sam Shafer at for more information.
Kenneth S. Macklin

Current Employer:
Auburn University, Department of Poultry Science

  • Bachelor's Degree - Northern Illinois University
  • Master's Degree - Northern Illinois University
  • PhD - Auburn University

Area of Expertise:
Wherever the need is! Officially it is on farm control of poultry and foodborne pathogens

Where did you grow up and did you have poultry in your youth?
I grew up in Calumet City Illinois, which is a southern suburb of Chicago and right in the middle of the rust belt. No I didn’t have poultry, though when I was little and visited family who had poultry I enjoyed playing with (chasing) them.

What was your first job out of school and what were your responsibilities?
My first job after receiving my BS was at Wrigley Gum, putting gum in a box. After my MS I worked at Auburn University as a Research Associate. My PhD degree led to a post doc position at Auburn University and well after that they hired me as an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist.

If you had a motto that applied to your daily professional career, what would it be?
Work hard, but enjoy life.

What value does PSA membership offer you?
I enjoy the networking opportunities.

What is your favorite poultry breed?
This is tough. I like them all about the same. I’ll be boring and pick white leghorn. Why? They can be feisty.
Scholarship Opportunity
Zinpro Corporation’s Undergraduate Poultry Science Scholarship

This new opportunity is offering a $5,000 scholarship to a rising Junior or Senior undergraduate in the field of Poultry Science.

The scholarship will be awarded to a student belonging to gender, racial or ethnic groups that have been historically under-represented in the United States, based upon scholastic achievement and service and an interest in continuing to learn and promote the role of the poultry industry in feeding the world’s growing population.
Additional Reading
Health Challenges in Alternative Poultry Production Systems
With consumer preferences shifting and an increase in market demand, more management issues have also emerged in the alternative poultry production system sector.

This review article from Poultry Science® examines these challenges and ways of addressing them as things continue to change.
Student Video Competition
This Year's Theme:
Create a video that highlights a specific group of poultry species raised for meat and/or egg consumption. For your species, be sure to touch on the benefits of poultry proteins derived from these birds and the time it takes to raise them from incubation to slaughter and/or egg production. Lastly, give 2-3 reasons as to why your species of choice is paramount (do not badger or insult other species).

$1,000 to go towards the winner’s poultry science program or poultry club at his/her institution.

May 31, 2021 @ 11:59 PM CST

Shell Egg Academy
By Purdue University Extension

The Shell Egg Academy will deliver relevant information on timely topics to individuals dealing with or producing table eggs from the perspective of egg quality and food safety.

The event will take place virtually from June 21-25, 2021 with two separate courses making up the academy. Attendees can sign up for either or both courses.

Course 1 (June 21-23)
Live Hen Production

Course 2 (June 23-25)
Egg Processing and Food Safety