Georgia governor, Nathan Deal, spoke with a group of poultry industry executives at a luncheon held during the 2012 International Poultry Expo and International Feed Expo in Atlanta.

"Poultry is the number one income producing activity for the state of Georgia, and the International Poultry Expo is the largest annual meeting of its kind held at the Georgia World Congress Center every year,” Deal said. 

During his speech at the event, sponsored by Rabobank, Deal addressed many topics including the need to end ethanol mandates, Georgia’s new state-of-the-art poultry lab, the necessity for immigration reform to be addressed at the federal level, expanding export markets, and the importance of poultry exports to the port of Savannah, Ga., and its continued growth and expansion.

“Governor Deal has long been a friend and advocate for the poultry industry. We appreciate him taking the time to meet with our industry leaders at the International Poultry Expo,” said John Starkey, president of U.S. Poultry & Egg Association.