TUCKER, Ga. — It has been my honor to serve as the 2019 chairman of the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY). Through the association's efforts, we continue to pursue our goal of being the leading technical resource and voice for the feather industries.

USPOULTRY serves our members and the entire poultry and egg industry through the annual International Poultry Expo in Atlanta, the flagship event produced by the association. For 2020, the International Poultry Expo will once again be held in partnership with the International Feed Expo and International Meat Expo, as part of the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE). This year's IPPE will be held Jan. 28-30, 2020 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Every year, IPPE attracts industry leaders, decision makers and purchasing managers from around the world to Atlanta to experience and see the newest technology, research, processes and products that the global animal food, meat and poultry industries have to offer. All segments of today's poultry, animal food and meat industries are represented, including feed milling, hatchery, egg production, live production, processing, further processing, rendering and a variety of supporting activities.

More than 200 hours of education programs and workshops will be held, led by industry leaders and notable experts, focused on addressing the latest insights, industry issues and best practices in the areas of animal welfare, food safety, consumer trends, animal agriculture sustainability, regulatory compliance, business management, operations, domestic and international economic and market conditions, and much more. The Expo also provides an excellent place for networking as well as company and organization meetings.

The International Poultry Expo is USPOULTRY's primary source of income, allowing the association to serve the industry in multiple ways. One hundred percent of the revenue that is generated through IPPE is reinvested back into the industry. In 2019, more than $3 million was directed into programs to provide critical research, education, training, technical assistance, crisis management assistance, public relations and regulatory assistance for your business and our industry.

Industry research continues to be a major recipient of the funds generated by the International Poultry Expo. Since 1969, more than $32 million has been invested into research projects that advance all phases of the poultry and egg industry. Research funding through both USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation continues to be a principal aspect in finding solutions to the challenges facing the poultry industry, in addition to helping keep the poultry industry one of the most efficient and productive segments of animal agriculture.

To ensure the success of tomorrow's poultry industry, USPOULTRY also sponsors and participates in several programs designed to engage students interested in the poultry industry. Each program focuses on the development of the students' understanding of the industry. The USPOULTRY Foundation provides recruiting grants to colleges and universities to help attract students to their poultry programs or expose students in other majors to our industry. For 2019, more than $383,577 in student recruiting funds were approved to 35 colleges and universities, from California to Delaware and Minnesota to Texas.

The College Student Career Program, held in conjunction with IPPE, offers students the opportunity to network and interview for industry jobs and internships. The International Student Program brings Latin American and other international students to IPPE each year, where they are treated to a specialized program designed especially for them. The Ph.D. and Vet Student Career Fair, in its third year, will be held in conjunction with the Poultry Science Association Foundation during the International Poultry Scientific Forum at IPPE. The target participants are post-doctoral, Ph.D. and vet students particularly involving, but not limited to, technology driven companies such as those in genetics, health, pharmaceuticals and nutrition. All of these programs are part of the USPOULTRY Foundation's continuing effort to encourage tal-

ented young people to become the industry's leaders of the future.

We will bring more than 125 FFA Career Development Event winners and national FFA officers to the 2020 IPPE — please welcome these future industry leaders when you see them throughout the week! Students are given the opportunity to visit the exhibit floor to see and experience the latest technological advancements offered by today's poultry industry. USPOULTRY also supports 4-H and sponsors college poultry judging competitions.

Since the very first seminar in 1956, education continues to be a significant cornerstone of USPOULTRY's mission. Our seminars help improve operations, identify and reduce loss exposures, and enhance employee safety and retention. In 2019, USPOULTRY conducted 13 seminars and six training programs covering all aspects of the industry, including environmental management, hatchery breeder and poultry processor management, live production and welfare, safety and health management, financial management and human resources.

USPOULTRY's Human Resources, Safety & Health Program develops training materials, programs and videos that help member companies improve operations, identify and reduce loss exposures, and enhance employee safety and retention. USPOULTRY also identifies and maintains technical resources that address key industry issues, as well as provides administrative leadership for several joint poultry industry councils. This year, online training materials for a management training program and updates to USPOULTRY's incident investigation training resources were introduced.

USPOULTRY's Food Safety & Production Program provides technical assistance to member companies in live production, processing, animal welfare and food safety. The program helps ensure the safety and quality of U.S. poultry meat and egg products and offers compliance consulting assistance through investigation, information sharing and industry advocacy. This year, USPOULTRY introduced an online training course on gait scoring essentials for broilers and turkeys in addition to a shell egg washing training module.

USPOULTRY's Environmental Program offers regulatory expertise, technical assistance, regulatory compliance consultation and structured technical training programs — some including certification — for a nominal or no fee. Training can be tailored to individual company programs. To demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship, USPOULTRY continues to sponsor two annual environmental recognition awards, the Clean Water Award and the Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award. This year, we featured one Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award family in our video series highlighting poultry and egg farm environmental stewardship.

Further, USPOULTRY is a sponsor of the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry & Eggs / International Poultry Welfare Alliance, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance, and is the largest single contributor to the Animal Agriculture Alliance. The Association supports their roles in providing a broad platform to educate the public at large about the benefits of modern, sustainable poultry production systems.

USPOULTRY is the world's largest and most active poultry organization of its kind. Our membership includes producers and processors of broilers, turkeys, ducks, eggs and breeding stock as well as allied companies. We are committed to our members, providing assistance and service based on changing needs. A staff of enthusiastic specialists works with our members to help improve and advance the industry in the areas of research, education, the environment, food safety, poultry health and communication.

We work in a great industry, and I personally encourage all of you to contribute to it. By investing in our future and working together to solve common problems, we will continue to grow and advance our industry. We sincerely appreciate and value your continued support of USPOULTRY's efforts.

Thank you for allowing me to serve our members and the poultry industry. We look forward to seeing you at the 2020 International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta.

"USPOULTRY is the world's largest and most active poultry organization of its kind. our membership includes producers and processors of broilers, turkeys, ducks, eggs and breeding stock as well as allied companies."

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