June 9: Poultry Respiratory Health Seminar

June 9: Poultry Respiratory Health SeminarThe University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources will hold a Poultry Respiratory Health Seminar on Friday, June 9 from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Charles C. Allen Jr. Biotechnology Laboratory in Newark. The Poultry Respiratory Health Seminar is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Poultry Respiratory Disease Combined Agriculture Project (PRDCAP). Respiratory diseases continue to be a major concern to poultry producers because losses induced by respiratory diseases have a significant local and national economic impact to the industry. Protection of poultry by effective prevention and control of diseases is critical to maintain wholesome poultry products, which is the most consumed animal protein in the United States. Such efforts make a significant contribution towards national food security. The PRDCAP is designed to rapidly transfer new science to the field. Eric Benson, professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences (ANFS), said that the workshop is “part of a multi-institution combined agriculture project. One of UD’s roles is to link the scientific information being developed in laboratories to the end users, many who would not use refereed publications as an information source. Speakers from UD will include Benson, Robert Alphin, senior instructor in ANFS and Allen Laboratory manager, Daniel Bautista, senior scientist, Calvin Keeler, professor of molecular virology, and Brian Ladman, scientist and quality manager for the University of Delaware Poultry Health System (UDPHS), part of ANFS. Other speakers include Jon Moyle and Nathan Tablante from the University of Maryland, Timothy Johnson from the University of Minnesota, and Emily Aston from the University of Georgia. The program is being run in advance of the Emergency Poultry Disease Response (EPDR) Certificate Course. To register visit: http://reg.pcs.udel.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=36094 For additional information on the seminar, contact Eric Benson at 302-275-2131 or (ebenson@udel.edu).