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 top 11 teams of the National FFA Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event (CDE), top 10 teams of the Food Science and Technology CDE, and the National FFA Officer Candidates were invited to the 2018 International Poultry Expo (IPE), part of the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Ga.

The opportunity to participate was made possible in part by endowing Foundation gifts from Pilgrim’s (Poultry Evaluation CDE teams), Sanderson Farms (Food Science CDE teams) and Tyson Foods (National Officer Candidates), with more than 90 FFA student leaders and their advisors attending.

“Our Association has long been a supporter of the FFA Poultry Evaluation CDE, and now other CDEs and Poultry Efficiency contests. We believe attending IPPE is a great opportunity for these teams 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.

The following Poultry Evaluation CDE teams attended the 2018 IPPE and are listed in their order of finish: Lincoln FFA, Arkansas; Spring Hill FFA, Kansas; Thorsby FFA, Alabama; Grace-Davis-Modesto FFA, California; Columbia FFA, Missouri; Texico FFA, New Mexico; Watts FFA, Oklahoma; James River FFA, Virginia; Paxton-Buckley-Loda FFA, Illinois; and Crest FFA, North Carolina. The second place team – Sandra Day O’Connor FFA, Texas – was unable to attend.

The following Food Science and Technology CDE teams attended the 2018 IPPE and are listed in their order of finish: Louisburg FFA, Kansas; Oley Valley FFA, Pennsylvania; Hillsdale FFA, Ohio; Lincoln Middle FFA, Arkansas; Jackson County Central FFA, Minnesota; Kindred FFA, North Dakota; and DeKalb FFA, Indiana. The second, ninth and tenth place teams – Cashmere FFA, Washington; Rochelle FFA, Illinois; and Meridian FFA, Idaho – were unable to attend.