FRESNO, Calif. – Representatives of Foster Farms, along with university faculty, students and community leaders, broke ground today on the new Foster Farms Poultry Education and Research Facility at The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State. The new facility, made possible by a gift from Foster Farms, is scheduled to open in the spring semester of 2013. The Foster Farms Poultry Education and Research Facility is part of the company’s longstanding support of agricultural education and its commitment to ongoing advancements in poultry science. Foster Farms contributed to the engineering, design and construction of the building and will provide ongoing program support.
The 16,000-square-foot 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 are also expected to conduct research in the areas of poultry nutrition, animal welfare and improved environmental practices.
“Foster Farms is committed to enriching poultry science education and furthering agriculture as a contributor to our state’s economy,” said Foster Farms Senior Vice President Mike Pruitt. “As a Central Valley-based poultry company, we are pleased to be able to support advanced education in our own community.”
About Foster Farms
Since 1939, West Coast families have depended on Foster Farms for premium quality chicken products. Family-owned and operated, the company continues its legacy of excellence and commitment to quality established by its founders, Max and Verda Foster. Foster Farms specializes in fresh, all natural chicken products free of preservatives, additives or injected sodium enhancers. Based in California's Central Valley, with ranches also in the Pacific Northwest, the company's fresh chicken is produced in or near each region served. Foster Farms also produces delicious pre-marinated, ready-to-cook and fully cooked products that meet the quality and convenience needs of today's home cooks, retailers, warehouse clubs and foodservice customers. Visit www.fosterfarms.com to learn more.