News & Views July/August 2018 Edition

John Starkey How Do We... “How do we better reach grade school students?” “How do we make vo-tech grads aware of the opportunities in the poultry industry?” They are questions we hear often from our board as well as our members. While not intractable problems, these are problems that are real and will require many different approaches to solve. Many of you know we engage in student recruiting via recruiting grants to poultry science schools, and also industry education recruitment grants, to the tune of more than $300,000 annually. However, there is a finite number of institutions eligible for these grants, in part dictated by what is manageable for us. But tech schools? Grade schools? How can we manage and control interaction there, with as many schools as they represent? One concept we are evaluating is funding grants via our affiliated state associations, on a $2 per $1 scale. Obviously, through you, our members, the state associations have a much broader reach into state educational programs—whether we are talking grade school or vo-tech schools. What are the mechanics and logistics? Well, that’s where you come in. Please send me concepts on how you think the program will be most effective. We’ll combine your thoughts with the state association executives, our boards, our members and the schools we would interact with and develop best practices to start addressing this goal. Please write me at . John Starkey, PE President PRESIDENT’S COLUMN John Starkey, PE President USPOULTRY JUL/AUG 2018 I NEWS &VIEWS I 1