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U.S. Poultry & Egg Association Education Resources

USPOULTRY Video Examines Poultry Packaging Labels
Raised without antibiotics, No Hormones Added, All-natural, Organic, etc...the meat case at any local grocery store displays a wide assortment of descriptive labels on the packages of refrigerated and frozen food products that are purchased for cooking. For some shoppers, the terms on the labels are confusing. While some may hardly notice or take the time to read them, for others, the labeling can raise questions. This video provides some clarity about the labeling of fresh and frozen chicken and turkey products and also reassures that American poultry products are among the safest and healthiest foods anywhere in the world. The video can be accessed by clicking here. An infographic that explains the various poultry packaging labels can be found by clicking here.

Poultry & The Hormone Myth
One of the most common...and frustrating...questions for U.S. poultry producers is why hormones are used to grow birds bigger and faster. Of course, the actual simple answer is no hormones are used. To address this continuing misinformation, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association has prepared a new video to explain the scientific, economic and legal reasons hormones are not needed or used by the U.S. poultry industry. The video can be accessed here.

Raising Chickens and Turkeys...for today and tomorrow, a video from U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, allows you to take a peek behind America's dynamic poultry industry. From the hatchery to the farm, chickens and turkeys follow quite a journey as they feed the demands of a hungry world. Through research and innovation the industry is at the forefront of advances in food production while preserving the heritage of the family farm and contributing to a healthier planet.

An Inside Look at Poultry Processing, provides a look at how chickens and turkeys are processed in the United States. The video takes a behind-the-scenes look at today's high-tech, highly efficient poultry processing plants and highlights the food safety and sanitation practices employed by the modern poultry industry.

Poultry & Egg Production Curriculum
This thirteen lesson plan series - Poultry & Egg Production Curriculum - provides agriculture educators with a comprehensive curriculum resource needed to teach students about the commercial poultry and egg industry. A professional curriculum consultant aligned the lesson plans to national Education Content Standards in Agriculture.

A version aligned with California curriculum content standards is available from the California Poultry Federation, www.cpif.org.

An Egg-citing Poultry Adventure

With funding provided by the USPOULTRY Foundation, USPOULTRY and the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture launched a new My American Farm game, along with a supporting lesson plan, an activity sheet and an eComic. The An Egg-Citing Poultry Adventure game and resources were developed to help third through fifth grade students better understand the poultry and egg industry, with students adventuring through the progression of stages in poultry and egg production in the game. The game and learning resources are free, and we ask all of our members to share them with your local school contacts. The An Egg-Citing Poultry Adventure game is available at http://myamericanfarm.org/classroom/games/?gid=poultry_egg.


Discovering Farmland (Agriculture Curriculum for Grades 9-12)
U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance launched their Digital Exploration and Interactive Lesson Plans as part of their Discovering Farmland curriculum, which is based on the award-winning documentary, "Farmland, a film by James Moll." Building off the four free lesson plans, these new activities further inspire students in urban areas to gain real world insights and understanding of where their food comes from and how it is grown and raised.

  • The Digital Exploration allows students to investigate food product label claims by choosing a specific product from virtual grocery store shelves featuring produce, meat and cereal. Typically taking 15-20 minutes, students can move at their own pace as they learn about various topics.
  • The Interactive Lesson Plans are PowerPoint-based lessons that support interactive whiteboards and other 21st century learning tools. Teachers can access a range of dynamic, interactive classroom lessons (up to two 45-minute class periods each) designed to engage high school students in exploring critical issues impacting the agriculture industry. It includes two science and two social studies lesson plans.
  • The SMART Farm Virtual Field Trip explores innovative technologies in agriculture that allow today's farmers and ranchers to produce our nation's food. Prepare your students for the Virtual Field Trip with our standards-aligned activities designed to cultivate classroom conversations and prompt students to dig deeper into today's world of farming and ranching.

To access additional Discovering Farmland resources, visit www.discoveringfarmland.com.

The Animal Agriculture Alliance site provides educational information for Teachers, Ag Information and Educational Links. This is an easy and effective educational tool to understand the role animal agriculture plays in providing a safe, abundant food supply to a growing world.

Farm Safety 4 Just Kids, provides resources and training to individuals and communities to conduct farm safety awareness and education programs.

Science for Kids is sponsored by the Agricultural Research Service. Designed for children ages 8-13, the Web site explains how science affects everyday life and why it can make an interesting career.

BASF’s eye opening video "One Hungry Planet" about farming in America!

The Voice of Agriculture - American Farm Bureau: Farm Bureau Store offers teachers guides and educational materials for grades K -12.

Bureau of Labor Statistics: From junior high to college and beyond, students and teachers can use BLS to aid in their homework and course planning. Students can use our data in their career exploration and to help with their homework. Teachers can use our resources to enhance curriculums using real world examples such as the latest statistics on employment, prices, and wages. Top of page


Aeration, coagulation, crystallization control, emulsification, and foaming properties of egg products are words found in Family and Consumer Sciences curriculums. Functionalegg.org has designed their website to provide you with valuable information about the amazing multi-functional benefits of egg products in a variety of food formulations.

University of Illinois: How does an egg develop from the time it is laid to the time it hatches? Come explore with us the fascinating 21-day life cycle of the embryological chick.

EggMath is a collection of web modules (including many interactive applets) covering different topics in mathematics related to eggs; it is intended for use in K-12 classrooms, as in the Chickscope project at the University of Illinois Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois.

Embryology in the Classroom:This Web site was developed by PennState University, to support the National 4-H Curriculum Embryology project material and help you - the teacher, the project leader, or the individual doing an independent study - become more familiar with the details of embryonic development.

United Egg Producers'The Egg Safety Center, provides education on ways to further reduce the incident of food-borne illness related to egg products.  Top of page

Food Safety

Food Safety and Food Security: What Consumers Need to Know is designed to help educate consumers regarding food safety. The 15-page brochure is available in English or Spanish. It was produced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service. The brochure offers useful tips for safe food preparation and for keeping foods safe from contamination. For more information, call (888) 674-6854.

Become a Food Detective: New Mexico State University, in conjunction with the University of Virginia and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has created a "fun-packed" site to help teach children about food safety and bacteria.

The Partnership for Food Safety Education Web site has a special section for educators. It includes food safety fact sheets, information on creating a seasonal food safety education campaign, a community action kit, a public service announcement, and a copy of BACTALK, the group's newsletter.

The Food Safety Educator, produced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, is a free newsletter that deals with food safety issues. To order a subscription, send an e-mail to FSIS outreach.


The Federation of Animal Science Societies offers FASS Facts on Biotech Crops: Impact on Meat, Milk and Eggs. The brochure was created to share science-based information with those interested in food animal and crop production. The brochure is available on the FASS Web site.

The American Museum of Natural History sponsors Infection Detection Protection. This site, specifically geared to children, includes general information on microbes and a "Bacteria in the Cafeteria" section.

Cooking for Groups: A Volunteer's Guide to Food Safety provides safe food handling information for volunteer cooks. The 40-page publication targets information to cooking facilities that frequently aren't covered by the same food codes that apply to commercial food service. It can be downloaded from the Food Safety and Inspection Service Web site.

Safe Food for the Hungry is a newsletter and Web site for staff and volunteers of emergency feeding programs. Every issue has a "recipe" section that focuses on safe use of federally donated foods. Top of page


The Science of Poultry and Meat Processing by Dr. Shai Barbut, University of Guelph is a comprehensive discussion of the poultry processing industry, that is also easily accessible and available as a free download. The book which provides students and industry personnel with a detailed overview of the modernized meat industry focusing exclusively on poultry and poultry meat processing. The book is comprised of 18 chapters, which include discussion of muscle structure and physiology, live bird handling, stunning, inspection and grading, fabrication and fresh meat composition.

This unique presentation is an interactive overview of the anatomy of a chicken produced by Merial Australia and the Australian Poultry. Developed by Poultry CRC.

University of Nebraska - Lincoln: 4-H Embryology provides some great photos of a chick hatching and some video clips to watch.

Penn State Extension - this web site has been developed to support the "Embryology In The Classroom" curriculum released in 2001. Educators will find it extremely helpful as a resource for teaching embryology in the classroom. Embryology: The Study of Life is designed to provide you with background information and exciting experiential activities dealing with life science for use in your classroom. Each activity is designed to be grade-level appropriate and has been correlated to the U.S. National Science Education Standards.

The following resources are available from the Delmarva Poultry Industry:

Chicken: From the Egg to Your Table is a teacher resource manual that includes information and activities for use in Pre-K to third grade. Word searches, coloring sheets, and math and language activities will help students better understand how chicken goes from the egg to the table. The first copy is free for teachers.

Thinking Chicken is a 11-minute downloadable video designed, by the Delmarva Poultry Industry, to help fourth grade students gain an increased awareness of chicken, its production, and its importance to the Delmarva peninsula.

Delmarva's Chicken Industry: From Family Farms to America's Tables is a 13-minute downloadable video intended for use with adult, general public audiences. The video provides viewers with insight into the economics and importance of Delmarva's chicken industry and highlights positive ways in which the chicken industry works to protect the environment.

Auburn University Department of Poultry Science has developed Virtual Chicken, a downloadable video. Is the exploration of the reproductive system of a hen, showing the formation of an egg as it passes through the oviduct. Viewers ;see the oviduct in the context of the larger anatomy, explore the oviduct and follow the path of the formation of an egg. Top of page

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