The USPOULTRY Foundation has accepted a gift of $1 million, endowed by Tommy and Chantal Bagwell, towards the Leland Bagwell Education and Innovation Fund.

The Fund is in memory of Leland Bagwell, founder of American Proteins and past chairman of Southeastern Poultry & Egg Association (now USPOULTRY), and recognizes the many contributions the former vocational agriculture teacher and visionary leader made to the poultry industry. The $1 million gift will offer young people the opportunity to be a part of the poultry industry with a focus on innovation, education, and providing opportunities to lower income students.

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“The endowment will help support the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association Harold E. Ford Foundation’s mission of continuing to attract young leaders to our industry, as well as fund research that will ensure the poultry and egg industry’s sustainability and prosperity in the future,” said Elton Maddox, president and CEO, Wayne Farms, and treasurer of the USPOULTRY Foundation.