PSA Insights
A New Database & Annual Meeting

Hello PSA supporters! We are excited to officially announce that PSA has a new portal and membership database that we are confident will provide a better user experience to members and non-members alike. The member portal now contains a more functional and robust membership directory, areas of expertise listings for each PSA member, group registration options for the PSA Annual Meeting, event microsites, and more! The new system can be accessed at Please note, usernames and passwords from the previous portal will not work in the new portal, so each individual (previous or new user) will need to "Set Up an Account". If you have any questions or issues with the new portal, email and someone will assist you. Don't wait! Be sure that you checkout the new portal to see what it has to offer to you. Also, just a friendly reminder to renew your PSA, WPSA-USA, or WPSA-Canada membership(s) for the 2022 year, if you haven't done so already.

Registration for the PSA Annual Meeting taking place July 11-14, 2022 in San Antonio, TX is now open and can be completed through the new PSA portal. Book your hotel room for the Annual Meeting here. The PSA staff looks forward to seeing you in San Antonio this summer!

Rebecca Ries
Membership & Meetings Manager, PSA
PSA Meetings Update
Abstract Submission

The Deadline is NEXT Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST.
Early Bird Registration ends on June 1, 2022. Prices will go up after this date!
Reserve by June 19, 2022 in order to guarantee the PSA rate.
2022 Latin American Scientific Conference

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2022 Latin American Scientific Conference Symposium Schedule
Tuesday, October 4th
3:30 PM CDT
Symposium: Total approach to Salmonella control: Perspectives and opportunities.
Presenter: Tiago Urbano
Wednesday, October 5th
8:00 AM CDT
Symposium: Proteins: From feedstuffs to meat.
Presenter: Jose Henrique Barbi
8:00 AM CDT
Symposium: One health and antibiotic-free poultry production: Actual global.
Presenter: Melina Bonato
8:00 AM CDT
Symposium: Sustainability in poultry production: How does nutrition affect the animal performance and environment?
Presenter: Edson Fontinelli
1:30 PM CDT
Symposium: Precision intestinal nutrition: A new definition for protease and xylanase.
Presenter: Elizabeth Santin
1:30 PM CDT
Symposium: Feeding strategies to improve the gut health and performance of poultry.
Presenter: Victor Naranjo
Thursday, October 6th
8:00 AM CDT
Symposium: Current challenges in the poultry industry - healthy and nutrition.
Presenter: Adriana Nascimento
8:00 AM CDT
Symposium: Soybean and corn: Technical and sustainable relevance to LA and global poultry industry.
Presenter: Jose Otavio Sorbara
PSA Member Spotlight
Are you interested in being featured in a Member Spotlight? Or maybe you would like to nominate someone? Complete the Member Spotlight submission form here!
Janice Siegford

Current Employer:
Michigan State University

  • Bachelor's Degree - Cornell University
  • Master's Degree - University of Idaho
  • PhD - Washington State University

Area of Expertise:
Laying hen behavior and welfare--with an emphasis on hens' behavior in cage-free systems and using precision livestock farming technology to monitor hens.

Where did you grow up and did you have poultry in your youth?
I was born in Missoula, Montana, but while growing up I lived in many places around the US (Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, Arizona and Maryland), Germany and Panama because my father was in the US Army. When I was very young we had ducks and chickens for meat and eggs and came back to owning them again after Dad retired.

What was your first job out of school and what were your responsibilities?
I've never really left school! I went straight from my PhD into a postdoc and then into a faculty position. I was involved in research, mentoring and training undergraduate and graduate students, developing an online course, and conducting research in behavior and welfare of pigs, cattle and laying hens.

If you had a motto that applied to your daily professional career, what would it be?
"Nothing learned or experienced is ever wasted"--there's always some way you can put what you've used or been through to use going forward.

What value does your PSA membership offer you?
PSA gives me an excellent chance to share my research with the entire poultry research community--within and beyond academia during the Annual Meeting. It also provides my graduate students with great networking opportunities and chances to strengthen their presentation skills.

What is your favorite poultry breed?
Araucana chickens

More About Me:
My favorite book as a child featured a duck named 'Henry'. When my parents brought home their first ducks after my Dad retired, my Mom called me to let me know and asked if I could guess the name of the drake. Without hesitation, I correctly guessed 'Henry'. Henry became our backyard guardian and was known for stealing food from under the noses of our dogs.
PSA's Global Engagement Report
How do people interact with the Association?

This first-ever report by PSA gives a 3-year review (2019-2021) of individuals interacting with the Association through membership, the journals, meetings, and online presence.

This data helps to understand what areas of the world are most actively engaged with the Association and in what form.
Interpretive Summary
Vaccination Plus Feed Additives

Researchers in the Netherlands and Spain studied the effects of vaccination as well as feed additives to combat Necrotic enteritis.

Together, the combination proved to hold some promising results.
Welcoming Michael Kogut
New Editor-in-Chief of Poultry Science®

Dr. Kogut is a Research Microbiologist and Lead Scientist at the Southern Plains Agricultural Research Center, College Station, TX. Dr. Kogut’s research has concentrated on the development of cost-effective immunological interventions to improve gut health by studying the role of the microbiota in immunity to infection and understanding the integration of central metabolic pathways and nutrient sensing with antimicrobial immunity. Dr. Kogut has served as Co-Section Editor of Immunology, Health and Disease in Poultry Science® for over 5 years. 

As EIC, I hope to continue the upward trend in the journal’s impact factor, specifically I would like to see us develop a series of Research Topics within each section of the journal that would feature comprehensive reviews in an area of interest to poultry scientists. I would also like to seek further involvement of graduate students, especially PhD students nearing the end of their graduate training, in reviewing manuscripts. Part of the training for careers is reading the scientific literature and I do not think that we do enough to ‘teach’ students’ before they graduate on how to review manuscripts. Further, this will increase our pool of reviewers as well which has become an ongoing issue with the journal. I would also like to work closer with Elsevier to make the classification matches for the submitting authors and Section Editors more specific in order to ‘find’ the appropriate reviewers for the submission and save the Section Editor some time.
Additional Reading
Improving Duck Egg Production

This review article takes a look at some of the research that has been done regarding egg production in ducks. This comprehensive review examines the various genes that impact duck egg production.
Student of the Year Award
Applications Now Open

The purpose of this award is to recognize an exceptional PSA student member in the time period of August 2021 to March 2022. The recipient of this award will receive a plaque and a $1,000 travel grant.

Applications will be accepted until June 1, 2022 at 11:59 PM CDT. The chosen recipient will be recognized at the PSA Hatchery Business Meeting during the 2022 PSA Annual Meeting.
WPC 2022 Travel Grants
Assistance with Travel to Paris

The USA Branch of the World’s Poultry Science Association is again providing Travel Grants for members attending the World’s Poultry Congress on August 7-11, 2022, in Paris, France.

Each grant will provide up to $1000 to be used for travel and related expenses associated with attendance at the Congress.

The requirements for receiving the WPSA-USA Travel Grant are:
  • Applicants must have been WPSA-USA members in 2021 and maintained their membership in 2022
  • Applicants must have had an abstract accepted by the WPC for either oral or poster presentation
  • Applicants must complete the application (available through the link below) and submit it by April 30, 2022