Student Outreach


JobSTART101
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College Student Career Program

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association believes that today's youth are tomorrow's leaders. USPOULTRY recognizes their role in the success of the poultry industry and the impact their current experiences will have on their future industry-related decisions. As a result, USPOULTRY sponsors and participates in a number of programs designed to assist students interested in the poultry industry. Each program focuses on the development of the students' understanding of the industry.

Categories
College Student Career Program
USPOULTRY Foundation
National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference
U.S. Poultry & Egg Association Poultry Judging Contest
FFA Poultry Career Development Event


Video: Donnie Smith, CEO of Tyson Foods, speaking at the College Student Career Program held during the 2013 International Poultry Expo in Atlanta, GA.

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association began sponsoring the annual College Student Career Program more than 30 years ago. The program provides a mutually beneficial experience for students and industry recruiters. A three-day event held during the International Poultry Expo, the program gives employers the opportunity to interview qualified college students for employment or internship openings.

The College Student Career Program is one-of-a-kind in the poultry industry. The students eligible to participate are seniors or graduate students from a four-year program with various majors. Underclassmen seeking internships are also eligible to interview. Approximately 400 students from 44 universities participate every year. If your school or company is interested in participating in the College Student Career Program, e-mail the Education Department or visit the IPPE Web site.

National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference
The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association encourages students interested in the poultry industry with financial support for the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference. During this conference, 4-H'ers from all over the country compete in educational events that help them learn to make and defend decisions, speak publicly, and gain skills in poultry-related subject matter. More than 157 students from 26 states participate every year.

The conference includes five separate events: a poultry and egg judging contest, a chicken and turkey barbecuing contest, an egg preparation demonstration, an avian bowl, and a Poultry Careers Workshop.

News Release - U.S. Poultry & Egg Association Supports 2013 National 4-H Poultry & Egg Conference

Go here for more information about the contest. Top of Page


USPOULTRY Foundation
The USPOULTRY Foundation was established to provide financial support for student recruiting efforts at universities with poultry science departments that award degrees in poultry science. That list currently includes the University of Arkansas, Auburn University, the University of Georgia, Mississippi State University, North Carolina State University, and Texas A&M.

Last year, $100,000 was shared between them. The funds are allocated to these six institutions once each year to be used for a variety of activities to attract students to enroll in their poultry science departments.

The foundation also provides recruiting funds to institutions without distinct poultry science departments, but with identifiable poultry programs.  Application must be made for these grants, up to $7,000 each.  They are also awarded once a year based on need and how they are intended to be used.  Many of these institutions of higher learning without separate departments offer quality poultry studies, so they are an important part of the foundation’s ultimate goal of attracting young people to study for careers in the poultry industry.

An application is available here. Complete the application and forward nine copies to U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, 1530 Cooledge Road, Tucker, GA 30084-7303. The annual deadline for applying is August 15.

Research is another important part of the U.S. Poultry & Egg Harold E. Ford Foundation. USPOULTRY has long been committed to the growth and progress of the poultry industry, and research has played a major role in that commitment. Research grants are allocated for all segments of poultry and egg production and processing. Funds from the foundation are also reinvested in the industry for this vital work. Top of Page


U.S. Poultry & Egg Association National Poultry Judging Contest
The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association National Poultry Judging Contest works to increase student enrollment in poultry science. At the last competition, teams from 11 colleges and universities across the nation competed with one another in three categories: production judging, breed selection, and market products judging. The competition allows students the opportunity to demonstrate how well they have mastered the U.S. Department of Agriculture rules and regulations governing the grading of eggs and poultry carcasses.

Questions about the competition should be directed to . Use the links below to view results from the latest competition. Top of Page

2014 Poultry Judging Contest - April 2-4
Contest Rules

 

Texas A&M Wins USPOULTRY's 66th National Poultry Judging Contest

Texas A&M University recently won the 66th U.S. Poultry & Egg Association National Poultry Judging Contest, held at Louisiana State University. This is their sixth consecutive win, having won first place at the event every year since 2008. Additionally, Michael Clay, a junior at Texas A&M, was announced high individual winner.

The Kansas State University team placed a close second in the team competition, with William Trieb, sophomore, finishing second in the individual category.

Eleven universities participated in this year's competition. The teams competed in production judging, breed selection, and market products judging.

USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation sponsor the National Poultry Judging Contest as part of a comprehensive student outreach program. The contest was established to enhance young people's interest in the poultry industry and encourage student enrollment in poultry science studies.

The Association also sponsors the annual College Student Career Program at the International Poultry Expo, supports National FFA and National 4-H poultry activities, and funds student recruiting efforts for poultry science departments and related programs through the USPOULTRY Foundation.

66th U.S. Poultry & Egg Association National Poultry Judging Contest Individual Overall Finalists



Left to right:Texas A&M - Jason Lee (coach), Kyle Brown, Katie Burchfield, Michael Clay, and Timothy Broderick


FFA Poultry Career Development Event
The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association supports the FFA mission to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. The association provides financial support for FFA Poultry Career Development Event

The annual event recognizes students who:

  • Have developed career competencies relative to production and management, processing, marketing, and consumption of poultry products.
  • Understand and practice teamwork.
  • Effectively communicate in the terminology of the industry and customers.
  • Demonstrate outstanding leadership and problem-solving skills.

GROWING A BRIGHTER FUTURE!

Since 1928, FFA has been making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. You too can have an impact on future industry professionals by getting involved in a newly launched National FFA campaign called CONNECT! This exciting program invites FFA enthusiasts to share stories about their most memorable FFA experiences, what they are doing now, and how FFA has impacted their lives. Sign up today at www.ffa.org/connect. You can also find the link on USPOULTRY's web site, www.uspoultry.org.

If you are a current FFA member, a former FFA member, or if you have been touched in any way by FFA, we encourage you to CONNECT! with FFA youth of today... A strong poultry and egg industry of the future depends on it!


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