PSA Insights
I am honored to be elected Second Vice President of PSA and look forward to serving on the board in this capacity. PSA has been an important part of my professional development. It has provided a chance to get to know my colleagues from other universities and those working for both poultry companies as well as the businesses that support them. Many of these connections and friendships are through interactions at PSA meetings and service to the association.

I have been attending PSA meetings since 1996 and have only missed two. These meetings provided opportunities for both me and my students to present our work and get feedback that has not only improved the project but ultimately made a better paper for publication. I enjoy catching up with colleagues and friends as well as making new acquaintances each year. In addition to PSA, I am a member of the Southern Poultry Science Society and World’s Poultry Science Association.

I have served on variety of PSA committees over the years. I served as a director on the PSA Board from 2012-2015, Section Editor for JAPR 2009-2015, and I have started as Editor-in-Chief for JAPR this month. I served as the Annual Meeting Program Committee Chair for 2020 which involved holding our first annual meeting in a virtual format. I want to see the association continue to thrive and I look forward to seeing the opportunities that PSA can provide its members in the future.

Brian D. Fairchild
2nd Vice President, PSA
Virtual 2021 Meeting Statistics
Rebecca Ries
PSA Membership & Meetings Manager

The Poultry Science Association had an excellent 2nd Virtual Annual Meeting! A total of 923 attendees registered for the meeting with over 700 accessing the platform on the first day! Additionally, there were nearly 29,000 unique content items viewed. This breaks down to abstract presentations, posters, author bios, abstracts, and more! The average time spent in the platform throughout the duration of the meeting was 26+ hours per attendee.

Thank you to everyone who contributed in making this second Virtual Meeting a success, and a special thank you to this year's sponsors. We are already looking forward to the 2022 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX next summer (July 11-14, 2022) and cannot wait to seeing you again in person.

Please note, Virtual Meeting registrants can still login to the Virtual 2021 Annual Meeting platform to view content until September 21, 2021 at 12:00 AM CST when the platform will officially close. Login to the platform here.
PSA Fellow Nominations
Open Now Through November 1st

The distinction of Fellow is the highest award bestowed by the Poultry Science Association and is granted for professional distinction and contributions to the field of poultry science and service to the Poultry Science Association.

To nominate someone for PSA Fellow consideration, please visit the PSA Website Here.
2021 WPSA Lecture
Missed It?
The 2021 WPSA Lecture was originally presented during the Virtual 2021 PSA Annual Meeting on July 19, 2021. You can view it in the virtual environment until September 21, 2021 or anytime at the link below.
PSA Member Spotlight
Know someone you'd like to nominate for Member Spotlights or want to nominate yourself? Download the Questionnaire Here!
Bruce Rathgeber

Current Employer:
Dalhousie University

  • Bachelor's Degree - University of Saskatchewan 
  • Master's Degree - University of Saskatchewan 
  • PhD - University of Saskatchewan 

Area of Expertise:
Poultry management, Poultry Products - protein quality, microbiology.

Where did you grow up and did you have poultry in your youth?
Castor Alberta – poultry I youth included a small flock of ducks. Also raised various parrot species.

What was your first job out of school and what were your responsibilities?
First job was with Shaver Poultry Breeding Farms in Cambridge Ontario. Responsibilities were related to artificial insemination.

If you had a motto that applied to your daily professional career, what would it be?
Many hands make light work. Teamwork is one of the most important features of scientific activities.

What value does PSA membership offer you?
PSA membership opens the door to many relationships that lead to lasting friendships and productive interactions. Many of the best ideas come from interactions initiated by PSA activities.

What is your favorite poultry breed?
Brown Leghorn
Interpretive Summary
Single-stage Incubators: Boosting hatchability and broiler chick quality

In this summary, we take a look at single-stage incubators and how they have been shown to produce a greater percentage of high-quality chicks when compared to multi-stage incubators.

Key takeaways for producers are noted at the bottom of the summary as well as access to the full article.
Leadership Update
Welcome New PSA Board Members!

PSA is pleased to welcome the following individuals to their newly elected roles on the PSA Board of Directors.
2nd Vice President
Brian D. Fairchild
University of Georgia
Director (2024)
Sami Dridi
University of Arkansas
Director (2024)
Shai Barbut
University of Guelph
Jr. Student Director (2023)
Andrea Rubio
North Carolina State University
Additional Reading
Centennial Review: Trace Minerals
This review article examines the significant contributions of research related to trace mineral nutrition from the early to mid 1900's.

The article goes on to highlight how an argument could be made that trace mineral requirements have not changed substantially since this early research took place.
Notice to Authors
Publishing Licensing Agreement

Some articles may have been affected by the publishing licensing agreement during the transition to Elsevier in early 2020.

Those authors whose articles are affected will receive an email from Elsevier regarding necessary steps to complete for any missing, pertinent information.
Reciprocal Meats Conference
Join AMSA next week!

The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) is looking forward to seeing everyone at the AMSA 74th Reciprocal Meat Conference (RMC) that will take place at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada, USA on August 15-18, 2021. We recognize we must be nimble in our planning process and because of that the meeting has been designed as a hybrid to include both live in person and virtual options to accommodate developments as they occur in 2021.