PSA Insights
It is my distinct honor to have been elected as Second Vice President of the Poultry Science Association and to serve on the Board of Directors in this capacity. I have been a member of PSA since 1985. I have worked at four different universities, but PSA is my true academic home. I believe that I owe much to PSA for the opportunities that it has afforded me through the connections and friendships I have made by attending the annual meetings and service to the association.

I have attended every PSA Annual Meeting in the past 27 years, with the exception of only four. I look forward to reconnecting with friends and colleagues at the annual meeting each year. I gave my first talk at the PSA Annual Meeting in Raleigh in 1986. This opportunity to present my research to an international audience was important to my career, and I feel strongly that similar opportunities are tremendously important to the student members of our association. I am a member of other societies, but few of them allow for student talks that are so important for the professional development of our students.

I served PSA for more than 20 years as Associate Editor (1995-2004), Section Editor (2004-2010), and Editor-in-Chief (2010-2016) of the journal Poultry Science®.  My own research accomplishments have been recognized with the Research Award and the Embrex Fundamental Science Award from PSA, and I was named Fellow of the Poultry Science Association in 2016. Despite this service and these recognitions, I feel that I still owe so much to PSA, and I want to see the association continue to thrive. I look forward to serving PSA as Second Vice President and on the Board of Directors.

Tom E. Porter, PhD
Second Vice President, PSA
2021 PSA Meetings
Save the Date

2021 PSA Annual Meeting
July 19-22, 2021
CHI Health Center Omaha
(formerly CenturyLink Center)
Omaha, Nebraska

The submission deadline for Symposia to be considered at the 2021 Annual Meeting was Monday, October 12, 2020.
2021 Latin American Scientific Conference
October 5-7, 2021
Hotel Bourbon de Foz do Iguaçu
Iguazú Falls, Paraná, Brazil

Additional details will be made available as the conference approaches.
Interpretive Summary
Safe Poultry Decontamination Through Neutral Electrolyzed Water

Lowering the risk of foodborne illnesses such as those that come from Salmonella are a major priority for producers of fresh poultry products. However, various sanitizing agents can be corrosive to processing equipment. A recent study shows that Neutral Electrolyzed Water (NEW) is a possible alternative to sanitizing agents.
Additional Reading
Genetic Diversity vs. Viral Infections
This review article examines the genetic diversity in African chickens as it relates to their resistances to viral infections. Could the key to chicken viral infection resistance lie with genetics?

The article discusses the possibilities and opportunities for further studies and application.
Let's "Squawk" About It
Salmonella Sanitation
With salmonella being discussed more than ever before, PSA decided to talk to some experts who, in a 2018-2019 study, examined the prevalence of salmonella on poultry processing equipment after sanitization procedures had been performed. Thank you to Tomi Obe (Georgia State University) and Aaron Kiess (Mississippi State University) for participating in this month's episode!

Want to Participate?
Do you want to squawk with us? See the Get Involved with PSA section below to see how you could be a guest on an episode of Let's Squawk About It.
Get Involved with PSA
Want PSA to Highlight Your Work?

Or perhaps you have a topic of current interest to the poultry science community? PSA wants to hear from you! As the content PSA distributes continues to grow, it is important that we provide an opportunity for members to participate. This is why we've created a submission form for PSA members to be considered for the various outlets including: Let's Squawk About It, Interpretive Summaries, Literature Reviews (Featured in Additional Reading), and more!

Check out the Get Involved with PSA form to see what opportunities await! If there's a fit, a PSA Staff member will be in touch with you.
2021 Student Video Competition
New Theme, Same Rules

After a great first year in 2020, the PSA Student Video Competition is back! This year's theme will focus specifically on poultry species! More information is available below.

Deadline to submit is May 31, 2020!
Fellow Nominations
Last Day to Nominate is
November 1st!

The distinction of Fellow is one of the highest honors a PSA member can achieve. The election to Fellow recognizes members of the Poultry Science Association for professional distinction and contributions to the field of poultry science and service to the Association.

Nominations close on November 1, 2020.

The nomination for a Fellow must include the following supporting documents:
  • Nomination Letter
  • Biographical Summary of Nominee
  • 3 Letters of Support
(You will be prompted to login using your membership email.)
What is the PSA Five Drive?
Calling All PSA Members!

Starting on November 2nd and ending on December 2, 2020, PSA will host its first Five Drive event! Support PSA by recruiting 5 new student members to the association or by donating $5 to the PSA Foundation's General Fund OR BOTH!

Student recruiters and donors to the drive will be recognized on the Five Drive's High Five Wall on the PSA website!

More details will be available as the event approaches and throughout the month of November!
Poultry Tech Summit
Topics of Interest

As the Summit prepares to kick off next week, be sure to check out all of the topics to be discussed at this year's virtual event including...
  • An automated system that can vaccinate individual chicks at hatch
  • The return to normal in 2021
  • Acoustic Monitoring used to alert farms to broiler welfare issues.
  • Wearables used to reduce turnover in poultry processing