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.

Mission
To develop education, promotion, and/or appropriate research programs to enhance Nebraska's egg and turkey producers in developing and maintaining a prosperous industry.

PED Committee
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.

Chairman:
Brent Nelson, Nelson Poultry Farms

Directors:
Tim Bebee – Michael Foods Egg Products Co.
Bill Bevans – Bevans Enterprises
Joe Brown – Michael Foods, Inc.
William "Bill" Claybaugh - Nebraska Eggs, Ltd.
Jerry Felber - Seward Turkey Enterprises, Inc.
Julie Kelly - Michael Foods, Inc.
Jesus Lopez - Henningsen Foods, Inc.
Jeff May - Dawe's Laboratories
Greg Nelson - Nelson Poultry Farms, Inc.
Lowell Ostrand - Michael Foods, Inc.
Kevin Pohlmeier - Kevin Pohlmeier Farms
Ken Potter - Junction Farms, Inc.
Jim Sechrist - ILC Resources
John Toney - University of Nebraska - Retired

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.