4-H’ers from around the country recently participated in the National 4-H Poultry & Egg Conference at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville. The conference offers the students a variety of opportunities to learn about the poultry and egg industries while also providing an opportunity to interact with industry leaders. The USPOULTRY Foundation is a long-time sponsor of the event. Support for the Conference is made possible in part by a Foundation gift from Amick Farms.
The Conference hosted 137 senior 4-H’ers from 26 states, allowing them to compete in events that help them learn to formulate and defend decisions, speak publicly and expand their poultry-related skills. Opportunities included five separate competitive events: poultry judging, chicken barbecuing, turkey barbecuing, an egg preparation demonstration and an avian bowl (a game of poultry and egg jeopardy). Poultry and egg industry leaders also participated in a Poultry Careers workshop, exposing the 4-H’ers to valuable information about career and educational opportunities in the poultry and egg industries.
The team from Georgia (Caroline Lord, Ericka Lord, Aaliyah Ross and Carlissa Stewart, coached by Jeri Gilleland) was named the top team overall. Maryland’s Charlotte Krispin was named the top overall individual. Barbara Jenkins, vice president of education and student programs for USPOULTRY and executive director of the USPOULTRY Foundation, presented the awards.
"The USPOULTRY Foundation continues its long-standing commitment of supporting student outreach programs to draw bright, young people into poultry careers. The USPOULTRY Foundation has been a proud sponsor of 4-H and the National 4-H Poultry & Egg Conference for many years. We recognize that these youths are our industry’s future, and our goal is to encourage them to pursue a career in the poultry and egg industry," remarked Jenkins.