PSA Insights
As 2021 reaches an end, we look back at another challenging year of uncertainty. However, like most associations, PSA continued to look for opportunities to move forward. Here are some highlights from 2021. 

Poultry Science® and The Journal of Applied Poultry Research continue to receive increased submissions and readership through Open Access. This year, both journals moved to “Article Based Publishing” within Elsevier, where papers are now published immediately, upon acceptance. Impact factors also continue to rise for both Poultry Science® and The Journal of Applied Poultry Research with their 2020 impact factors (reported in 2021) being 3.352 and 1.178, respectively. PSA also celebrated 100 years of publishing Poultry Science® and we are looking forward to the next 100 years!

PSA held our second successful Virtual Annual Meeting! We had 999 registrations and over 450 scientific presentations. We added more gamification, a magician, and other interactive social components. The PSA staff and Program Committee worked extremely hard, again this year, to make the virtual meeting a huge success. Thank you to everyone for supporting and attending the meeting!

This year the PSA Board continues to build on PSA’s Strategic Visions. We have continued conversations with many partners and stakeholders within the poultry industry to build relationships and strategies for a successful future, for us all. We are all working hard to ensure that PSA continues to be the premiere resource for the poultry sciences, for years to come!

We wish you and yours Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year!

Jacelyn Hemmelgarn
Executive Director, PSA
Let's "Squawk" About It
Consumers and Cage-Free Eggs
With a push to transition to cage-free housing systems, what other factors come into play? Join PSA in a discussion with Darrin Karcher (Purdue University) regarding this topic, the welfare of birds, complications with various housing systems, and the future of cage-free.

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.

2022 PSA Awards
PSA welcomes nominations for the 2022 awards cycle. Award recipients will be recognized at the 2022 PSA Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas next Summer.

Please note awards that are unique to this application cycle include:
  • American Poultry Historical Society Award
  • National Turkey Federation Award
  • Poultry Welfare Research Award
  • PSA Early Achievement Awards for Teaching and for Research

Nominations will be accepted now through March 1, 2022.

A full list of awards, nomination criteria, and required documents are available on the PSA website here.
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!
Susan Lamont

Current Employer:
Iowa State University, Department of Animal Science

  • Bachelor's Degree - Trinity Christian College
  • PhD - University of Illinois Medical Center

Area of Expertise:
Poultry molecular genetics and immunogenetics.

Where did you grow up and did you have poultry in your youth?
Lansing, IL. There were a few chickens in the backyard.  

What was your first job out of school and what were your responsibilities?
Postdoctoral researcher. I worked with Dr. J. R. Smyth, Jr., at the University of Massachusetts. I was responsible for setting up and conducting the immunology-focused studies on the Smyth Line chicken, an animal model for human vitiligo.  
If you had a motto that applied to your daily professional career, what would it be?
"I train leaders." At a university, I see development of the next generation of scientists as my primary responsibility, and I do that in graduate classes and in my research program.

What value does PSA membership offer you?
Networking! I attended my first PSA annual meeting in 1982 as a postdoc. At that meeting, I met Dr. Arne Nordskog, who told me that he was retiring and I should apply for his position. I did apply, I was interviewed and hired, and have been in my position for nearly 38 years.

What is your favorite poultry breed?
Visit Our Booth!

The Poultry Science Association is pleased to be exhibiting at the 2022 International Production and Processing Expo next month!

Plan on stopping by our booth (#B8538) to pick up some PSA swag, information, or just to say hello!

Interpretive Summary
Why Your Chickens Might Need Essential Oils

With a move towards using less antibiotics, scientists are looking at new strategies to keep birds healthy and maintain growth. Could essential oils hold the answer?
Additional Reading
Bonus Academic Interpretive Summary

Teaching Poultry Science in a Virtual Format

Following the Virtual 2021 PSA Annual Meeting, researchers from Purdue University, Iowa State University, The Ohio State University, and Mississippi State University summarized their findings of what they discovered when it comes to course planning during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
PSA Webinar
View the Latest Recording

Check out PSA's latest webinar with Colin Usher as he presents on the future of poultry robotics. Part of the presentation includes some of the work that has been taking place at the Georgia Tech Research Institute with Virtual Reality.