PSA Insights
PSA Member Service is Our Focus!

As you read this PSA Postings, we hope that you are healthy and adjusting to the conditions we are all facing right now. I know that it has been a challenge for me, as I work from home and eSchool three middle school boys. I have certainly gained a greater appreciation for many things (especially teachers) during this time and have been thankful for access to technology to keep us all connected. The PSA Board of Directors, Editors-in-Chief, Committees, Volunteers and Staff have continued to work together online, to ensure that PSA members continue to have access to quality poultry research.
The Annual Meeting Program Committee, chaired by Brain Fairchild, has been working diligently with the staff to create the first PSA Virtual Meeting. While we are still in the planning stages, we are excited by this new format and the opportunities it offers. Not only will we have the traditional symposium presentations and abstracts by poultry scientists from around the world, but there will also be 5-minute student presentations, virtual posters, networking opportunities and social events. More information will be coming soon and registration will open later this week (see rates below).

Our Editors-in-Chief, Robert Taylor and John Carey, Section Editors and Reviewers are continuing to review and publish papers in Poultry Science ® and The Journal of Applied Poultry Research. Furthermore, now that PS and JAPR are open access, everyone around the world has immediate access to the highest-ranked journals dedicated to publishing poultry research.

The PSA Staff has been working with the Board of Directors to enhance and expand member benefits. While we have had to put Strategic Planning on hold until Fall, we have just launched our new membership database and membership portal. We hope that you will take some time to log into the PSA portal. For security reasons, we did not transfer passwords between systems. Please follow the instructions at the top of the login page to create your new password. Once logged in, take some time to look around at some of the features such as; the membership directory and committee portals (if you volunteer on a committee). If you click on the “person” icon in the upper right, you can view your profile which contains your membership details, communication preferences (let us know what emails you wish to receive) and your account information.

The PSA Staff wishes to thank the many volunteers who contribute their time to the Association and are continually working to advance the poultry sciences, especially during this unprecedented time. Please feel free to let us know how else we can be of service to the poultry science community.
Stay Happy and Healthy!

Jacelyn Hemmelgarn
PSA Executive Director
Virtual 2020 Annual Meeting
Abstract Submission Closed

As of April 29, 2020, abstracts are no longer being accepted for the Virtual 2020 PSA Annual Meeting.

The review process is fully underway. Authors will be informed of the presentation style and instructions when these plans are finalized. PSA is working diligently to prepare these logistics and will share them once complete.
Conference Details

Although the in-person 2020 PSA Annual Meeting has been cancelled, the virtual conference will be held on the same dates (July 20-23, 2020).

Additionally, PSA has added photos of the virtual lobby layout to give users an idea of what to expect from this conference.
Registration Rates

Rates for the Virtual 2020 PSA Annual Meeting are now available. Registration will open this week and an announcement will be distributed at the time it opens.

The deadline to register will be at 11:59 PM CST on July 16, 2020. Registration WILL NOT be accepted or open after this time.
2020 LATAM Meeting
Postponed to 2021

Due to the issues surrounding COVID-19, the LATAM Organizing Committee and the PSA Board of Directors have decided to postpone the Latin American Scientific Conference to the Fall of 2021.

The conference was scheduled for October 6-8, 2020, originally. Unlike the PSA Annual Meeting, there will be no virtual conference in place of this year's 2020 Latin American Scientific Conference.

Further details regarding the move to 2021 will be announced in the coming weeks
Interpretive Summary
Pekin Duck Research Reveals Heritability of Feeding Behaviors

Research led by scientists at China Agricultural University and Beijing Golden Star Inc. may help guide the selection for certain feeding behaviors and further help producers improve feed efficiency in their Pekin duck flocks.
Let's "Squawk" About It
COVID-19 & Biosecurity

PSA is pleased to introduce the new, monthly video interview segment: Let's "Squawk" About It where poultry scientists are interviewed on various topics and provide their insights and expertise.
Student Competition Deadlines
Student of the Year Award
Deadline: June 1, 2020
The PSA Hatchery is accepting applications for Student of the Year until June 1, 2020. The purpose of this award is to recognize an exceptional PSA student member in the time period of August 2019 to March 2020. 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.
Student Video Competition
Deadline: May 30, 2020

Win $1,000 for your poultry science program or club!

PSA is pleased to announce the first ever student video competition! Create a video highlighting poultry science educational opportunities at your institution.

The winning submission will receive $1,000 to support that institution's poultry science program or club.
Ag Guide Public Review
Deadline is this Friday, May 15, 2020
The Ag Guide covers agricultural animal species having different phenotypes within species and that are housed in assorted management systems across widely varying climates. Public review is an imperative portion of publishing a new edition of the guide.

Public review will be closing on Friday, May 15, 2020. If you intend to provide feedback, please be sure to do so soon.
ANCC 2020 Update
May 26, 28, June 2, 4, 9, 11 (2-4 pm EDT)

The Animal Nutrition Conference of Canada (ANCC) will take place via a series of six complimentary webinars airing every Tuesday and Thursday from 12-2pm (EDT) over a three-week period with the first one streaming on Tuesday, May 26th.

The ANCC is a dynamic conference that brings together researchers and feed industry specialists to exchange knowledge about the latest scientific developments related to livestock and poultry nutrition. It is organized by the Animal Nutrition Association of Canada (ANAC) along with a committee of academic and industry representatives.

For 2020, the conference will focus on “Exploring the links between animal nutrition and animal health”. Presentations offering the latest research on how nutrition versus medication can benefit our livestock will be invaluable. Along with a strong scientific program, ANCC 2020 will showcase graduate student research.

With more than 350 participants from industry, academia, and government across Canada and beyond already registered, the conference is not to be missed.