PSA Insights
PSA's Year-End Review

2020 was a challenging year for many of us. However, through all of it, PSA still found ways to grow and broaden our reach.

From our first Virtual Annual Meeting, taking our journals to Open Access, and creating new content for you, PSA had done a lot!
2021 LATAM Meetings
Symposium Proposals Deadline

The deadline to submit symposium proposals for consideration at the 2021 Latin American Scientific Conference is next Thursday, December 17, 2021 at 11:59 PM CST.

A complete list of guidelines and supporting documents to help with your proposal are available on the PSA website.
2021 Awards
Nominations Being Accepted

PSA is now welcoming nominations for the 2021 PSA Awards cycle. Award recipients will be recognized at the 2021 PSA Annual Meeting.

Be sure to check out awards that are exclusive to odd years and available during this award cycle.
PSA Postings in 2021
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What Content do you want to see?

This year, PSA added a variety of new content to bring added value to the monthly Postings eNewsletter. As 2021 approaches, we would like to hear from our readers with regard to what content we should look at bringing to the newsletter in 2021.

Please vote on one of the options below if one sounds appealing to have included next year.
What new content would you like to see included in PSA Postings starting in 2021?
Quarterly Infographics Based on Recent Research
PSA Member Spotlights
Student Corner (Highlighting Career Tracks)
Additional Exposure to Recently Published Papers
I like PSA Postings Just As It Is
Interpretive Summary
Researchers Find Adding Duck Skin Can Improve Reduced-Fat Meat Emulsion Value

How can producers make reduced-fat sausage products without also losing the signature texture and flavor?

Turns out there may be a promising solution: duck skin.
2020 Five Drive
Thank You to All Participants!
Summary of this Year's Five Drive

In the first year of PSA's Five Drive event, a total of $1,165.00 was donated to the PSA Foundation's General Fund. In addition, many donors also donated to various other funds within the Foundation. These financial contributions benefit the Foundation's efforts to provide opportunities to the next generation of poultry scientists. Thank you!

In addition to such generous donations, PSA was also able to recruit 35 new student members! A big thank you goes out to all of our members who actively took on the challenge to recruit new students to the association.
Financial Donors
(to the General Fund)

Christine Alvarado
Lisa R. Bielke
Douglas F. Britton
Robert E. Buresh
Xi Chen
Syed Ali Raza Haider
Jacelyn Hemmelgarn
Charles L. Hofacre
Darrin Karcher
Christopher D. Knight
Theresia A. Lavergne
David H. McCreery
Donald R. McIntyre
Maci Oelschlager
Paul H. Patterson
Tom E. Porter
Karen Schwean-Lardner
Samuel T. Shafer
Michael J. Wineland
Student Recruiters
(Recruited 5+ Students)

Kevin Downs
Pravin Mishra
Neil Tanquilut

Additional Recruiters
(Recruited 1-4 Students)

D. C. Patel
Antonio Celso Pezzato
Jillian Pratt
Musa Sarica
José Henrique Stringhini
Vivek Kumar Yadav
Martin Zuidhof
Let's "Squawk" About It
Let's Talk Turkey!
In honor of Thanksgiving in the US last month, we discussed all things turkey with Brandon Koch of Koch's Turkey Farm. This interview provided interesting insight into how turkey poults are sexed at an early age, the avenues turkey meat has lent itself well to, and more!

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.
Additional Reading
Metabolism & microRNA
This review article examines microRNA (miRNA) and the effects it has on the metabolism in poultry. Specifically taking a look into the transition of utilizing yolk for energy before hatching and then to utilizing carbohydrate-rich feed after hatching.

The review also explores the relationship of miRNA and genetic selection as it pertains to the changes in miRNA.
Poultry Welfare
Certification Webinar Series

Held by the PennState Extension, these webinars, will cover topics including why animal welfare is important, poultry behavior, environmental and management influences on welfare, welfare indicators and assessment, employee motivation, and much more.

After finishing the course and passing an exam, attendees will receive a certificate of completion.