News & Views November/December 2018 Edition

John Starkey FFA: An Investment in Our Future We just completed our annual trek to the National FFA Convention, where I think we had a record number of students go through our booth. That may have had something to do with the fact that we shared our booth with Culver’s this year and handed out more than 36,000 egg custard cups (two for my personal consumption!). We sponsor both the Poultry Production and Food Science Career Development Events and bring the top teams from each event to the IPPE at the USPOULTRY Foundation’s expense. I attended the Poultry Production luncheon where the top teams were announced, but first Ed Scott of Cal-Maine did a great job explaining to these students the wide range of not just jobs but career opportunities across many academic majors available in our great industry. It’s always fun to watch the reaction of the winning teams when they are announced and earn the trip to IPPE; more than one student burst into tears of joy. If you ever get the opportunity to attend the national, or even your state FFA Convention, you should do so! It always reaffirms my faith that we have another generation of bright, polite, well-spoken students coming along to lead our industry into the future. I have had the privilege to serve on the National FFA Sponsors Board for the last three years. Many of our member companies already support FFA at the local, state and national levels. Thank you for doing so. And, if you have not been involved or supportive of FFA in the past, just let me know. It is an investment in our future. John Starkey, PE President jstarkey@uspoultry.org PRESIDENT’S COLUMN John Starkey, PE President USPOULTRY NOV/DEC 2018 I NEWS & VIEWS I 1

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