News & Views November/December Edition

John Starkey Giving Thanks! It’s that season of the year where we often reflect and give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy in our lives. Certainly, 2020 has been a difficult year. But “looking at the glass half-full,”we can be thankful that 2020 is almost behind us, and we have the promise of a New Year ahead of us! In my last column, the sting of cancelling the in-person IPPE 2021 was fresh with the pain still sharp. But, with a bit of time passing to lessen that sting, and getting away from the immediacy of the decision to reflect on a broader perspective, two grateful thoughts came to mind: • I’m thankful for our Board leadership over the years, who maintained the fiscal discipline to provide an adequate reserve for our Association, such that we can continue to operate and serve our industry even with the disruption of our primary revenue stream through IPPE. • I’m grateful to the donors of our 2012-2014 capital campaign for the U.S. Poultry & Egg Harold E. Ford Foundation. Because of the generosity of these donors several years ago, we were able to establish a fund corpus that will allow us to continue to fund critical student recruiting programs and research projects that otherwise would have been severely curtailed without IPPE 2021. And, of course, I’m thankful to you—for your membership, your volunteerism, your participation, your leadership and your support in so many different ways. We’ll continue to seek ways to enhance our service to the industry as we all recover from a difficult 2020! John Starkey, PE President PRESIDENT’S COLUMN John Starkey, PE President USPOULTRY NOV/DEC 2020 I NEWS & VIEWS I 1