In a move designed to help educate California consumers prior to a referendum on caged egg production, the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association recently presented a check in the amount of $250,000 to the United Egg Producers. Specifically, the funds will help educate consumers about modern egg production systems.

The California initiative that would ban caged production is officially known as the Treatment of Farm Animals Act and is backed by the Humane Society of the United States.


“This financial grant is indicative of USPOULTRY’s continuing support of all phases of the poultry and egg industry,” explained Jim Brock, Crystal Farms, Chestnut Mountain, Ga., and a member of the board of directors. “And although the grant is directed at a specific and regional situation, it is a critical issue that has a potentially far-reaching and long-term impact on the entire poultry and egg industry. So it is vital that USPOULTRY and the various segments of the industry join in supporting the egg industry in California.

“This is also one more example of USPOULTRY’s financial reinvestment back into the poultry and egg industry,” Brock continued. “It reiterates the value and importance of revenue generated by the annual International Poultry Expo that is used to serve the entire industry,” he said.