Dr. Morgan Farnell was presented with the Phibro Extension Award at the 2012 Poultry Science Association Annual Meeting in Athens, Georgia. This award is given to a member for conduction an outstanding program of work in the area of poultry extension and outreach during a five-year period.
Morgan Farnell is an associate professor and extension poultry specialist with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, an agency of the Texas A&M University system. He was raised on a cattle operation in the Ark-La-Tex region and received a BS in agri-business from Southern Arkansas University. After graduation, he worked for Tyson Foods as a processing plant supervisor in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. Farnell received an MS in poultry science and PhD in veterinary microbiology from Texas A&M University. He completed postdoctoral fellowships with the Institute for Animal Health (Compton, England) and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service (Fayetteville, Arkansas). Farnell’s range of poultry research includes avian immunology, preharvest food safety, gut health (prebiotics, probiotics, drugs, and vaccines), alternative feedstuffs, emergency depopulation, and cleaning and disinfection of poultry facilities. He teaches 2 poultry meat production classes that cover all aspects of poultry production, from the primary breeder to the consumer’s dining room table. He serves as an advisor to the Texas Poultry Federation and the Texas Veterinary Medical Association’s Animal Welfare Task Force. In addition to giving numerous presentations, he has actively participated in many PSA meetings as a moderator, presentation judge, student mentor, and workshop planner. Farnell was the recipient of the Poultry Science Association’s Early Achievement Award in Poultry Extension Work in 2009 and has served as a member of the PSA 2010 Strategic Planning Initiative. Congratulations!