The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association continued its commitment of supporting industry-specific programs for students interested in becoming part of the poultry industry by presenting awards in five separate events at the National 4-H Poultry & Egg Conference, held at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville. 

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-H’ers representing 25 states. Twenty-one teams and four independent individuals participated in a 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 7 in the egg preparation demonstration. 

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"USPOULTRY has been a proud sponsor of 4-H for many years now," said Barbara Jenkins, USPOULTRY's vice president of education programs. "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."

A poultry careers workshop was also held which 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 of Perdue Farms spoke about her job responsibilities; and Dr. Keith Bramwell with the University of Arkansas discussed how to pursue a college program that will give students diverse experiences in poultry to develop a successful career.