News & Views September/October Edition

1 SEPT/OCT 2020 I NEWS & VIEWS I John Starkey Missing You Already For 72 consecutive years, our organization has had the privilege of hosting - pick your preferred name - the Poultry Show, the Chicken Pluckers Convention, Southeastern, International Poultry Exposition, IPE and, since 2012, the IPPE in Atlanta, Georgia. A string of annual in-person events, dating back to a few tabletop displays in the lobby of the Hotel Ansley, Jan. 15-17, 1949, was, as we now know, snapped at the end of the last IPPE that concluded in a most successful fashion, Jan. 30, 2020. The culprit is, of course, COVID-19; and, obviously, in the big scheme of things, the disruption of IPPE 2021 is a minor impact. But to us at USPOULTRY, who plan and prepare and look forward to hosting the world’s poultry industry each year, it stings. Similarly, we’ve had many industry people - attendees and exhibitors alike - express frustration at not being able to meet face-to-face this January. And, in the Atlanta hospitality community, of which we’ve been proud members as it has “grown up” over the last seven-plus decades, the loss of IPPE 2021 is keenly and sharply felt. Our hotel block, the Georgia World Congress Center and many other partners hoped IPPE would provide a way to staunch the loss of thousands of jobs across the hospitality community over the last several months. Alas, the hopes were in vain. We will conduct an online product showcase market during IPPE week, Jan. 25-29, 2021, as well as several virtual education programs. We will also virtually host our College Student Career Program, so our member companies will be able to interview the upcoming talent for our industry. But it’s hard to sugarcoat this: it hurts. We are already looking forward to Feb. 1, 2021, when we can start planning for the next “real” IPPE, Jan. 25-27, 2022. John Starkey, PE President PRESIDENT’S COLUMN John Starkey, PE President USPOULTRY