Anne Fanatico, Ph.D.

Research & Teaching Interests:

Ecological poultry production (free-range, organic); alternative slow- and medium-growing meat genotypes, alternative feeding including free-choice systems, humane stun and slaughter for small flocks, meat quality; use of natural compounds for enteric health; small flock production for local and regional food markets; integrating free-range poultry in animal grazing systems and agroforestry systems; certification programs such as certified organic, animal welfare assurance programs, American origin; role of small and mid-size farms in sustainable agriculture and rural development, sustainable agriculture education

Anne started her education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earning Bachelor degrees in Zoology and Spanish in 1985. She went on to earn a Master in Animal Science at Oregon State University in 1992, and a Ph.D. in Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas in 2007. Anne completed post doctoral work in Poultry Production and Product Safety with the USDA Agricultural Service at the University of Arkansas from 2009-2010.

Currently Anne teaches agroecology, sustainable livestock, applied farming, and farm business management as faculty at Appalachian State University and assists in the development of the Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Teaching and Research Farm and Garden. Before coming to ASU she has worked to develop educational material and training on alternative poultry production for the National Center for Appropriate Technology as well as conducted contract inspections of poultry well-being in alternative production systems. Anne has also conducted rabbit research and raised rabbist commercially as a graduate student at Oregon State University. As a Peace Corps Volunteer Anne conducted outreach and research in agroforestry at the tropical research center CATIE in Costa Rica.

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Fanatico, A. C., J. A. Mench, G. S. Archer , Y. Liang, V. B. Brewer Gunsaulis, C M. Owens, and A. M. Donoghue.  2016.  Effect of Outdoor Structural Enrichments on the Performance, Use of Range, and Behavior of Free-range Meat Chickens.  Poultry Science doi: 10.3382/ps/pew196

Fanatico, A.C., C. M. Owens-Hanning, V. Brewer Gunsaulis, and A. M. Donoghue.  2015.  Choice feeding of protein concentrate and grain to organic meat chickens.  J. Appl. Poult. Res.  doi: 10.3382/japr/pfv076

Fanatico, V. B. Brewer, C. M. Owens-Hanning , D. J. Donoghue , and A. M. Donoghue.  2013 Free-choice Feeding of Free-range Meat Chickens.  2013 J. Appl. Poult. Res. 22 :750–758 10.3382/japr.2012-00687

Fanatico, A.C.,C.M. Owens, and J.L. Emmert. 2009. Organic Poultry Production in the U.S.: Broilers. Journal of Applied Poultry Research 18: 355-366.

Fanatico, A.C., P. B. Pillai, P.Y. Hester, C. Falcone, J.A. Mench, C.M. Owens, and J. L. Emmert. 2008. Performance, livability, and carcass yield of slow- and fast-growing chicken genotypes raised indoors or with outdoor access. Poult. Sci. 87:1012-1021.

Fanatico, A.C., P. B. Pillai, J. L. Emmert, E. E. Gbur, J. F. Meullenet, and C. M. Owens. 2007. Sensory attributes of slow- and fast-growing chicken genotypes raised indoors or with outdoor access. Poult. Sci. 86: 2441-2449.

Fanatico, A.C., P.B. Pillai, J.L. Emmert, and C.M. Owens. 2007. Meat quality of slow- and fast-growing chicken genotypes fed low-nutrient or standard diets and raised indoors or with outdoor access. Poult. Sci. 86:2245-2255

Professional publications

Fanatico, Anne. 2010. Organic Poultry Production : Providing Adequate Methionine. ATTRA publication, NCAT, Fayetteville, AR. 

Fanatico, Anne and Betsy Connor. 2009. Small-Scale Egg Handling. ATTRA publication, NCAT, Fayetteville, AR. 

Fanatico, Anne. 2006. Alternative Poultry Production Systems and Outdoor Access. ATTRA publication. NCAT, Fayetteville, AR. 

Sustainable Poultry Outreach

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Title: Associate Professor
Department: Sustainable Development

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6813

Office address
214-A Living Learning Academic