News & Views September/October 2018 Edition

John Starkey Ensuring the Success of Tomorrow’s Poultry Industry We just finished the USPOULTRY Foundation fiscal year and are ready to start the next. One of the primary missions of the Foundation is to ensure that future generations are attracted to and even excited about joining us for a career in animal agriculture. And it’s this time of year that the Foundation board awards student recruitment grants. Several years ago, the boards of USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation realized we were facing an increasingly critical need to attract young leaders to our industry. To ensure the success of tomorrow’s poultry industry, members from all segments of poultry and egg production came together through the Ensuring the Future campaign. That campaign led to $10.4 million in commitments to support the Foundation’s efforts to develop future leaders and support research that will ensure the poultry and egg industry’s sustainability and prosperity today and tomorrow. I am pleased to report that 97 percent of those campaign commitments have been collected to date. This year, Barbara Jenkins, vice president of education and student programs and executive director for the Foundation, and I are making a special effort to personally deliver student recruiting grants. The Foundation awards grants in two areas: funding to poultry science programs and to other institutions with industry-related programs. While there will always be a need for graduates with poultry science degrees, we are seeing a greater and greater need for workers with non-agriculture degrees such as management, accounting, engineering, maintenance, marketing, talent management and much more. We are making these personal visits with university leaders to enhance continuity in both programs. Twelve visits have been made so far. These visits not only allow us to have a dialogue with the university program administrators to understand their needs, they also provide us with the opportunity to meet students interested in the poultry field. We have been able to increase the number of grants given to other institutions with industry-related programs as a result of the Ensuring the Future campaign. As the Foundation year closes, I would like to thank you for all you do to tell our story to the next generation of poultry production and processing professionals. Whether you are a part of the Ensuring the Future campaign or your company is executing your own programs to attract our future workforce, your investment today is a step toward ensuring the success of tomorrow’s poultry industry. John Starkey, P.E. President PRESIDENT’S COLUMN John Starkey, P.E. SEP/OCT 2018 I NEWS & VIEWS I 1