Who is Poultry and Egg Division-What Do We Do?
The Poultry and Egg Division (PED) is a division within the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) and was created in 1976 to develop education, promote, and support appropriate research programs to enhance Nebraska's egg and turkey producers in developing and maintaining prosperous industries. Targeted audiences include: consumers, foodservice personnel, health professionals, educators, youth, and media.
The NDA administers the program with assistance of the Nebraska Poultry and Egg Development, Utilization and Marketing Committee, an advisory committee comprised of duly elected directors of the Nebraska Poultry Industries, Inc. The PED Committee meets quarterly, in conjunction with the Nebraska Poultry Industries Board of Director meetings to address industry, program issues, and approve budgetary expenditures.
Funding for the division's activities and expenses is generated by a fee of up to 5¢ per thirty dozen eggs sold, and a fee of up to 3¢ per turkey sold. The Nebraska Poultry and Egg Resources Act governs the mandatory check-off and program activities related to this division.
To develop education, promotion, and/or appropriate research programs to enhance Nebraska's egg and turkey producers in developing and maintaining a prosperous industry.
The business, property and affairs of the Poultry and Egg Division (PED) are managed by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture with the assistance of the PED Committee. The PED Committee meets quarterly and at other times as dictated by circumstances.
President: - Pat Melena (2021-2023) - Michael Foods Egg Products Co.
First Vice-President: - Adam Hladky (2021-2023) - Hladky Chicken Ranch LLC
Second Vice-President: - Jim Sechrist (2021-2023) - ILC Resources
Secretary-Treasurer: - Carrie McFarland (2021-2023) - N&N North America
Poultry, Turkey and Egg Directors:
Steve Welch (2020-2024), Hendrix-ISA,
Greg Nelson (2021-2024) - Nelson Poultry Farms, Inc.
Julie Kelly, DVM (2021-2024) - Michael Foods Egg Products Co.
Jim Sechrist (2021-2023) - ILC Resources
Adam Hladky (2021-2023) -Hladky Chicken Ranch LLC.
Julie Schmid (2021-2023) - RC's Chicken Ranch
Directors At Large:
Brent Nelson (2022-2024) - Nelson Poultry Farms, Inc.
Carrie McFarland (2022-2024) - N&N North America Regional Sales and Service
Pat Melena (2021-2023) - Michael Foods Egg Products Co.
William Claybaugh (2021-2023) - TWT Farms
Andrew White (2021-2023) - Hendrix Genetics
Emily Skillett (2022-2024) - Lincoln Premium Poultry
Kellee Rasmussen (2022-2024) - 4&4 Farms
Alan Sucha (2021-2023) - QC Supply
Devin Kumm (2021-2023) - Kumm's Kustom Pullets
Scott Kumm (2021-2023) - Kumm's Kustom Pullets
Ashlee Hartman (2022-2024) - Nebraska Dept. of Agriculture
Luke Baldwin (2022-2024) - Lincoln Premium Poultry
Click here for the PED Contact List
The NDA contracts with Nebraska Poultry Industries, Inc. to provide administrative support to the PED Committee and its activities.