Egg Industry Center

Industry Partners Support Egg Research

October 27, 2023

Farm Credit Services of America, The Versova Community Foundation, and the Iowa Egg Council were recognized for their combined commitments of $600,000 to advance science within the egg industry through the Egg Industry Center Research Grant Program.

The Egg Industry Center’s (EIC’s) grant program solely focuses on research benefiting on-farm egg production and processing. To date, it has distributed over $2.5 million in funding to researchers at 14 different North American academic institutions.  

“EIC is deeply grateful to these donors for agreeing that solid scientific solutions are important for the future of the egg industry,” said Dr. Richard Gates, EIC director and endowed professor at Iowa State University. “While these funds are important to help find answers to challenges facing the egg industry, they also keep researchers working on egg-related issues, which gets students interested in careers within the egg sector.”

Donor commitments break down as:

  • Farm Credit Services of America: $250,000
  • The Versova Community Foundation: $250,000
  • Iowa Egg Council: $100,000

Since starting the EIC grant program in 2013, research projects have focused on avian influenza and other diseases, hen and pullet housing, animal welfare, air quality, sustainability, value added markets, and other areas where the industry needs more scientific information.

Over the years EIC has garnered a wide variety of support for the center’s mission of research and education that advances the North American egg industry. This year’s slate of major donors is no exception showcasing an allied industry member, an egg farm, and an egg farmer organization.

The EIC re-energized its fundraising campaign shortly after COVID. “We all know that a dollar doesn’t go as far as it used to and with the things the industry has experienced over the last several years, it is clear that the amount of science needed to help the industry move forward is significant,” said Gates. “This amount and level of work can’t be done on the research budget EIC had,” said Gates. EIC hopes these new fundraising efforts will eventually double the amount of research EIC can fund for the industry each year.

EIC is continuing its donation drive to help answer a challenge issued by Farm Credit Services of America. “This forward-thinking donor set aside a $50,000 match to encourage other industry organizations to survey their commitment to research for America’s egg farmers and get involved,” said Gates. “We are grateful for all of our donors and we are looking forward to the industry coming together to further support this important mission.”

For details on the match challenge, the donation drive, or other details on EIC’s research and education mission, please contact Lesa Vold at or (515) 294-4037.

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