The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is continuing a commitment to support industry-specific programs for students interested in the poultry industry through awards in five separate competitive events at the National 4-H Poultry & Egg Conference
USPOULTRY's Barbara Jenkins, Vice President of Education Programs, presented the awards at the conference, which was held at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. Twenty one teams and four independent individuals participated in the Poultry Judging contest, and 11 teams participated in the Avian Bowl. Eleven individuals participated in the Chicken Barbecue contest, nine in the Turkey Barbecue, and seven in the Egg Preparation Demonstration.
The Conference, which allows members to compete in educational events that help them learn to formulate and defend decisions, speak publicly, and expand their poultry-related skills, hosted 154 senior 4-Hers representing 25 states.
"USPOULTRY has been a proud sponsor of 4-H for many years now. We know these youth are the future of our industry, and we want to help encourage these students to pursue a career in the poultry and egg industry," remarked Jenkins.
Additionally, a Poultry Careers Workshop gave the 4-H students hands-on information from poultry food industry personnel, as well as pertinent information about career and educational opportunities in the poultry industry. Tracey McKinney, Perdue Farms, spoke about her job responsibilities, and Dr. Keith Bramwell, University of Arkansas, discussed how to pursue a college program that will give students diverse experiences in poultry to develop a successful career.
Equipping today's youths with the skill set and experience necessary to excel has been the goal of USPOULTRY's sponsored programs, including 4-H, FFA, collegiate poultry judging competitions, and the USPOULTRY College Student Career Program.