As part of the USPOULTRY Foundation’s enhanced effort to support the recruitment and training of the brightest students and to promote careers in the poultry and egg industry, the National FFA Officer Candidates were invited to the 2018 International Poultry Expo (IPE), part of the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE). They joined the top 11 teams of the National FFA Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event (CDE) and top 10 teams of the Food Science and Technology CDE at IPPE, and the opportunity for them to participate was made possible in part by an endowing Foundation gift from Tyson Foods.
“It’s part of Tyson Foods’ culture to invest in the future leaders of our industry, so we’re pleased to have been a part of this effort,” said Doug Ramsey, group president of Poultry for the company. “Our industry continues to evolve, and young people bring diversity of thought along with new perspectives to the table. We need to support their growth and development, while attracting the best talent to work in this field.”
“Our Association has long been a supporter of FFA through various Career Development Events. We are pleased to be able to offer these National Officer Candidates, our potential leaders of tomorrow, an opportunity to see and experience the world’s largest annual trade show for the poultry, meat and feed industries,” remarked Jerry Moye, Hendrix Genetics, and USPOULTRY Foundation chairman.
Poultry industry leaders, Bernie Adcock, chief integrated supply chain officer for Tyson Foods, and Pat Allen, complex human resources manager for Pilgrim’s, participated in a program that informed the students about the multitude of career opportunities in the industry. The students were also able to visit and take photographs with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue during his visit to IPPE, as well as explore the vast trade show floor to see the exciting technology used by today’s modern, sustainable poultry industry.