4-H’ers from around the country were excited to participate in the National 4-H Poultry & Egg Conference at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville. The Conference affords these spirited young minds with a plethora of opportunities to learn about and engage with leaders in the poultry and egg industry.
Opportunities included five separate competitive events: poultry judging, chicken barbecuing, turkey barbecuing, an egg preparation demonstration and an avian bowl (a game of poultry and egg jeopardy). Poultry and egg industry leaders also participated in a Poultry Careers workshop, exposing the 4-Hers to valuable information about career and educational opportunities in the poultry and egg industry.
The Conference hosted 147 senior 4-H’ers from 26 states, allowing them to compete in events that help them learn to formulate and defend decisions, speak publicly and expand their poultry-related skills. The team from Indiana (Jarret Bailey, Logan Lemaster, Kaitlyn Melcher and Corey Miller) was named the top team overall. Pennsylvania’s Madison Shaw was named the top overall individual.
Barbara Jenkins, vice president of education and student programs for USPOULTRY and executive director of the USPOULTRY Foundation, attended the Conference and presented the awards. “The USPOULTRY Foundation continues its long-standing commitment of supporting student outreach programs to draw bright young people into poultry careers. The USPOULTRY Foundation has been a proud sponsor of 4-H and the National 4-H Poultry & Egg Conference for many years. We recognize that these youth are our industry’s future, and our goal is to encourage them to pursue a career in the poultry and egg industry. The Foundation also sponsors other youth outreach programs, including the annual College Student Career Program, the International Student Program, the new Ph.D. Student Career Fair (co-sponsored by the Poultry Science Association Foundation), collegiate poultry judging competitions, recruiting grants at colleges and universities throughout the nation, and FFA,” remarked Jenkins.