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The second RFP for FY 2021-2022 from CPLE is now available!


The Board looks favorably upon projects where there are partnerships as well as funding co-sponsors. The Board is looking for projects with a valid prospective approach to research rooted in a solid basis of sound practices.  See below for more details.

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February 21, 2022


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March 7, 2022




$700,000 is available this round for projects related to the following areas as it relates to poultry, swine, lamb, sheep and goat production in the Commonwealth, as described below:


Biosecurity and proper preparedness continue to be of utmost concern to CPLE. The emphasis remains on lamb, sheep, goat, swine and poultry producers across the Commonwealth. As we assess the threat of diseases (foreign and domestic) as well as the value biosecurity planning and planning for mass casualty, there will be tremendous value to the agriculture community, the food supply and the continuity of business for all to have spent time on these issues to ensure proper prior planning.

  • Cost share/funding for plan development of biosecurity plans as well as secure food supply planning

  • Highly contagious disease spread; potential threat and spread between open -pasture and so forth – what are the PA infrastructure needs and/or what is currently in-place to protect herds in all management systems and management practices to keep animal agriculture thriving in the Commonwealth.

  • Innovative research for mass depopulation of domestic livestock in commercial confinement operations of large scale such as commercial swine and commercial layer facilities, with priority being placed on humane, safe, practical and efficient manners to euthanize large number of animals in a timely manner. 

  • Practical biosecurity implementation for commercial and backyard domestic operations recognizing the inherent risks of such operations may pose to each other and face from wildlife.

  • Cost Share Reimbursement Program to Farmers to complete and submit plans to their veterinarian for review and concurrence. This would be a reimbursement program where farmers would pay the costs, complete an application with proof of payment and plan for reimbursement thru the center.

Animal Agriculture Infrastructure:

Agriculture is the #1 business in Pennsylvania. Diagnostics is one of the concerns, as well as the need for workforce development (bilingual training, apprenticeship, internships, the sincere need to build capacity in PA for our industry). At this time, we need to invest in tools, such as training programs, language classes, converting farm materials into other languages, and equipment within our university systems to ensure students are proficient the use of modern technology and well as expand our diagnostic tools in the University laboratories of to decrease the amount of diagnostic testing going out of state due to Pennsylvania’s lack of tools. In order to react quickly to ensure the safety of our animal food supply, an investment is needed in diagnostic tools. Another constraint in the Commonwealth is the vastness of our state and the ability to have veterinarians serve all the areas of need as it relates to lamb, sheep, goat, swine and poultry. The importance of remote access to veterinarians greatly increased and we view this as an emerging area to meet the needs of underserved areas.

  • Feasibility Study of a Spent Fowl Facility. This is forecasted to be one of the major issues to impact the poultry industry. At this time, there are 2 markets for spent fowl and one of those is a company in Canada. PA Poultry needs to properly prepare for this impending need.

  • Increase diagnostic tools offered/available within universities for education purposes as well as the PADLS system to support food animal production, with focus on endemic production-oriented diseases and enhanced diagnostic testing modalities to detect, differentiate and manage such pathogens.

  • Telemedicine: Development, Training & Opportunities for food animal veterinarians to explore inherent value of remote telemedicine to address challenges in rural PA to support livestock health and animal productivity in remote areas of Pennsylvania.

  • Food Animal Internship Opportunities for college students – a partnership between students and farmers with a vision to foster a valued learning experience and showcase the vast meaningful career opportunities awaiting the field of agriculture.

  • Offer a student loan repayment opportunity targeted to food animal veterinarian school graduates who have accepted a position/practicing in PA.

  • Explore regenerative practices in animal production such as heirloom breeds.

  • Projects related to feeds and feedings, such as mycotoxins in feed and so forth.

Applied Research:

There continues to be a need to conduct specific research for new and emerging issues facing livestock producers of lamb, sheep, goat, swine and poultry.

  • Solicitation of industry input on specific diseases (infectious and noninfectious diseases) to identify and estimate the economic impact the disease would have on PA food animal operations.

  • Establish practices and protocols to mediate/prevent/eliminate/eradicate infectious and non-infectious diseases and infestations.

Food Security:

Pennsylvania is uniquely located within an 8-hour drive of 80% of the population in the United States, which allows PA products to be freshest to market. Coupled with the diversity of animal agriculture in the Commonwealth, we need to enhance our network of those working in this area to verify they have measures in place to ensure food safety while maintaining the needs of their customers.

  • Cyber Attack – protecting food supply thru the entire food chain (from field and farm via transportation mechanisms to processing and putting food on the shelves you’re your family to consume).

  • On Farm Processing and Selling of Poultry, Swine, Lamb, Sheep and Goats - audit system to lower risks related to food borne illness, including but not limited to on farm safety processing sanitation guidelines.

  • Better understand the various ethnic (cultural/faith) markets for better capture direct marketing of food animals custom harvested and traceability to ensure safe & wholesome food.

View the full outline of research funding guidelines and policy. 

Submit proposals online no later than: 11:00 AM on Monday, February 21, 2022.

QUESTIONS: Contact Libby Brownawell at 717-651-5920 or