PSA Insights
Benefits of the PSA Hatchery
The PSA Hatchery is the student branch of the PSA and offers a variety of unique and valuable opportunities for Poultry Science students around the world. Being a member of the PSA Hatchery gives students access to a unique network of undergraduate and graduate poultry science students in a variety of disciplines through our exclusive LinkedIn group and Facebook page. Student members have the opportunity to apply for scholarships, internships, and travel grants offered by the PSA, as well as funding to organize and implement novel initiatives and events at their institutions through the PSA Brooder Program. Finally, the PSA Hatchery offers opportunities for students to take on leadership roles among their peers through the University Ambassador, Regional Director, and Student Director positions in the Hatchery leadership team. Be sure to also check out all of our student opportunities listed below in this edition of PSA Postings.

And the best part? Being a PSA student member is completely free! For more details on the programs described above, please visit the Hatchery's website. For more details on membership with PSA, click here.

Erin Ross
Senior Student Director, PSA
PSA Meetings Update
Abstract Submission Has Closed
(for the Virtual 2021 PSA Annual Meeting)

Abstract Timeline
May 4, 2021
Abstract Were Due by this Deadline

June 7, 2021
Abstract Decisions Made & Authors Informed

June 15, 2021
Schedule Posted to PSA Website

June 30, 2021
Presenter Materials Due
Abstract Presenter Next Steps
(Following acceptance for this year's meeting.)

Once decisions are made, all accepted authors will be required to submit a photo and short biography to be on display in the virtual platform.

Oral Abstract Presenters
  • Must submit a 12-minute pre-recorded video presentation and follow the submission guidelines for the video.

Poster Presenters
  • Must submit a digital poster in PDF format.
  • No video presentation is required.
  • Must be online to answer questions at assigned time (this will be made known in your acceptance letter/email)
2021 Latin American Scientific Conference
Meeting Update
Due to the situation in Brazil surrounding the Coronavirus Pandemic, PSA had decided to postpone the in-person portion of this fall's Latin American Scientific Conference to the fall of 2022. However, abstracts will still be accepted until the deadline and will be included as a special addition to this summer's Virtual 2021 PSA Annual Meeting. Arrangements are being made to present symposia presentations virtually this fall. View the announcement here.

Abstracts will be accepted until June 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST. For details, information, and access to the submission site visit the PSA website at the link below.
Interpretive Summary
Value of Increased Feed Spacing for Broilers

Is there a benefit to increasing the spacing a bird gets around the feeder? Researchers at Mississippi State University and the USDA-ARS Poultry Research Unit took a look at this topic to determine if increased space would improve broiler growth. The study was able to determine whether or not this attributed to better carcass yield.

Let's "Squawk" About It
The Future of Poultry Science from the Next Generation
What does the future of the poultry science industry hold? What about the value of membership with the Poultry Science Association? Join us as we explore these topics with the next generation of poultry scientists as they are starting their careers in industry and academia.

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.
Poultry Welfare Collaborative (PEC) Free Webinar
Global Standards and Research Advances in Poultry Welfare
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
from 10:00 AM to 1:15 PM EST


Dr. Michael Toscano 
  • Senior Scientist, Center for Proper Housing: Poultry and Rabbits (ZTHZ)
  • "Challenges in breeding laying hens for a cage free future to ensure productivity and high welfare"

Dr. Kate Barger-Weathers
  • Director of World Animal Welfare, Cobb-Vantress, Inc., North America
  • "Industry advances in meat bird welfare: a growing focus on animal welfare within the supply chain"

Dr. Nicole Widmar 
  • Agricultural Economics Associate Head/Professor, Purdue University
  • "The potential for online media data to shed light on public perceptions of animal welfare"

This is a free event, but attendees are to register at the link below. A link to the Zoom webinar will be distributed to all registered attendees prior to the webinar.

Dr. Michael Toscano
Dr. Kate Barger-Weathers
Dr. Nicole Widmar
PSA Yearbook Submissions
Share Your Photos with PSA!

We are compiling a yearbook of photos from past meetings, but we need your help! If you have photos you've taken from a past meeting, we'd love for you to share them with us! You can share your photos through the link below.

The yearbook will be available in the virtual platform during this year's Virtual Annual Meeting.

Additional Reading
Can yeast serve as an alternative to in-feed antibiotics for broilers?
With the increasing scrutiny towards antibiotics, this review article takes a look at the various literature regarding the use of probiotic and prebiotic yeast (S. cerevisiae) and its potential antibiotic use alternatives in broilers.

The article summarizes the benefits for use in healthy broilers and disease-challenged broilers. There is also a suggested opportunity for further research on S. cerevisiae use in broilers.

PSA Hatchery & Student Opportunities
Student of the Year Award

The PSA Hatchery is accepting applications for Student of the Year until June 1, 2021. The purpose of this award is to recognize an exceptional PSA student member in the time period of August 2020 to March 2021. 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.
2021 Student Video Competition

This Year's Theme:
Create a video that highlights a specific group of poultry species raised for meat and/or egg consumption. For your species, be sure to touch on the benefits of poultry proteins derived from these birds and the time it takes to raise them from incubation to slaughter and/or egg production. Lastly, give 2-3 reasons as to why your species of choice is paramount (do not badger or insult other species).

$1,000 to go towards the winner’s poultry science program or poultry club at his/her institution.

May 31, 2021 @ 11:59 PM CST

Student Family Feud Tournament

PSA is hosting a Family Feud-Style Tournament amongst poultry science students representing their clubs, universities, or departments. There is availability for 8 teams to participate, so enter now for your chance to be in the tournament.
Interesting News
A Chicken Wrist Corsage for Prom?

Straight from a Louisville, Kentucky florist, this new offering will add spice to some of this year's prom attendees.

KFC has started to offer this unique corsage for only $20. No, the fried chicken does not actually get shipped, but instead customers will receive a kit to assemble their corsage. The kit includes all the materials to create the arrangement, except for a KFC drumstick. However, a $5 KFC gift card is included to purchase the chicken and complete the look.