The organization is a global scientific society ​


Mike Smith
Michael O. Smith, professor in the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Department of Animal Science, was recently elected president of the 105-year-old Poultry Science Association. Photo courtesy UTIA.



Michael O. Smith, professor in the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Department of Animal Science, was recently elected president of the 105-year-old Poultry Science Association.

Smith teaches courses in poultry production, serves as the scholarship coordinator for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and also holds an appointment with UT AgResearch conducting research in poultry management under heat stress conditions. Both CASNR and AgResearch are units of the UT Institute of Agriculture.

Smith was elected to the post at the organization’s annual meeting, held July 21-25 in San Diego.

The Poultry Science Association is a professional organization made up of educators, scientists, extension specialists, administrators and producers who are committed to advancing the poultry industry. The organization is a global scientific society dedicated to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge generated by poultry research – knowledge that enhances human and animal health and well-being and provides for the ethical, sustainable and economical production of food. Founded in 1908, PSA has a global membership of about 1,400. For more information, visit http://www.poultryscience.org.  

Smith, who specializes in poultry production, earned a Ph.D. in animal nutrition from Oklahoma State University. He also earned a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in animal science from the school.

Smith’s research focuses on physiological and nutritional factors involved with the growth and survival of poultry, particularly those populations facing heat stress, a detrimental environmental factor affecting producers worldwide. He also studies the interaction among nutrients, other additives and environment in this type of bird population. Based on his research, he promotes management and nutrition-based tools to augment poultry production during heat stress.

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