Fresno State has dedicated its new Foster Farms Poultry Education & Research Facility (PERF) at Fresno State's Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences & Technology. The facility features a fully working, state-of-the-art poultry barn and is a reflection of the longstanding support of agricultural education and ongoing advancements in poultry science by major West Coast poultry producer Foster Farms.
The 16,320-sq.-ft., eco-friendly, power-efficient building will include advanced climate-control and feed delivery systems replicating professional poultry production. The facility has been designed to provide hands-on agricultural training and education for more than 500 students in the animal sciences and agricultural education department. Faculty and students will also conduct research in the areas of poultry nutrition, animal welfare and improved environmental practices.
The new educational and research facility will meet the animal welfare standards used by American Humane Assn.'s American Humane Certified program, the nation's first, largest and fastest-growing farm animal welfare certification and audit program. The program is based on the implementation and independent, third-party verification of more than 200 science-based animal welfare standards, covering everything from food and water to living conditions, lighting, ventilation, minimum space requirements, and the ability of animals to express natural behavior.
The dedication was made in conjunction with a major joint animal welfare announcement from American Humane Association and Foster Farms, which revealed that all the producer's fresh chicken products are now certified under the nonprofit's American Humane Certified program.