As we near the end of the year, it is always a good time to reflect on the year past. For the Agricultural Technology Research Program (ATRP), 2015 was another hallmark year. The research program’s project portfolio continued to address the technology development needs of Georgia’s poultry industry, the state’s number one agribusiness sector. From robotic systems to advanced imaging technologies to food safety screening methods, we are proud of our role in helping to foster the long-term viability of this dynamic industry.
A special highlight of the year was the 20th Anniversary of Poultry World at the Georgia National Fair in Perry (see page 5 for a look inside the exhibit). ATRP, the Georgia Poultry Federation, the University of Georgia’s Department of Poultry Science, USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, as well as friends from industry and other partners joined together to redesign the exhibit to coincide with the anniversary. The exhibit features brand-new interactive displays and other poultry and egg educational materials. Established in 1995, Poultry World’s mission is to increase public awareness and understanding of the industry and how it produces safe and wholesome products while creating jobs and other positive economic benefits for Georgia.
And looking toward the year ahead, we are excited to once again participate in the International Production & Processing Expo in January at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. We plan on showcasing two of our recent research projects. The PRYSSM or Poultry System Simulation Model simulates plant water and energy usage to help processors better manage resources. It also serves as a decision support tool for implementing new technologies for water and energy savings and quality improvements. The dynamic filtration system (see article on page 4) greatly improves filtration of processing facility effluents, resulting in cleaner water streams and providing more extracted fats and proteins for rendering.
I hope you enjoy this issue of PoultryTech, and if you have any comments, suggestions, or questions, please let us know at email@example.com. On behalf of the ATRP program staff, I wish you a very Happy Holiday Season! We look forward to partnering with you in 2016 as we continue to support our great poultry industry together.