Professor with Merced ties honored for poultry work

dyawger@mercedsunstar.comOctober 10, 2013 

— Michelle Ganci, an animal science professor at California State University, Fresno, with ties to Merced, has received a key award from the California Poultry Federation for her pioneering efforts in the poultry industry.

Ganci, 46, who teaches in the CSUF Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, founded the poultry production program in 2005 and was instrumental in bringing the Foster Farms Poultry Education and Research Facility to the campus. It is the first humane-certified poultry facility in the nation, opening last March on the 1,000-acre campus farm.

Ganci, whose husband Gary and father-in-law Bill are longtime Mercedians, said the poultry industry is a prime player in San Joaquin Valley and state jobs. She is in her eighth year of teaching and worked in the poultry business for 24 years.

The Modesto-based California Poultry Federation said the Golden Rooster Award is given to the industry’s most outstanding member.

“I really enjoy working with everyone in California and thank Foster Farms for their trust in me with the new research facility and the youth that represent the future of our industry,” Ganci said.

Sun-Star staff writer Doane Yawger can be reached at (209) 385-2407 or

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