The USPOULTRY Foundation has invited the top 11 finishing teams of the National FFA Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event (CDE) to attend the 2017 International Poultry Expo (IPE), part of the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta.

This is the USPOULTRY Foundation’s third invitation to the FFA Poultry Evaluation CDE teams, with more than 50 FFA student leaders participating in the 2016 IPE as part of an enhanced effort by the USPOULTRY Foundation to support the recruitment and training of the brightest students and to promote careers in the poultry and egg industry. The opportunity is made possible by an endowing gift from Tyson Foods.

“We’re proud to support the USPOULTRY Foundation and the FFA by providing these students the opportunity to learn from the top leaders in the poultry and egg industry,” said Craig Bacon, senior vice-president, research and development at Tyson Foods and recent Chairman of the National FFA Foundation Sponsors Board. “The myriad of skills developed as a result of the Career Development Events help prepare these young people to be future leaders in our communities, the industry and agriculture.”


“The USPOULTRY Foundation has long been a supporter of the FFA Poultry Evaluation CDE, and we are delighted to offer these teams an opportunity to see and experience the world’s largest annual trade show for the poultry, meat and feed industries,” remarked Paul Hill, West Liberty Foods, Ellsworth, Iowa, and incoming USPOULTRY Foundation chairman.

The following teams have been invited to attend the 2017 IPE. The teams are listed in their order of finish: Ridge Point FFA, Tex.; Galt FFA, Calif.; Prairie Central FFA, Ill.; Har-ber FFA, Ark.; Lake Butler FFA, Fla.; McDonald County FFA, Mo.; Louisburg FFA, Kans.; Crest FFA, N.C.; Thornsby FFA, Ala.; East Jackson FFA, Ga.; and Margeretta FFA, Ohio.