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:
Pat Melena (2019-2021) - Michael Foods Egg Products Co.

Directors:

Steve Welch (2020-2022), Hendrix-ISA,

William Bevans (2019-2021) -Bevans Enterprises

Greg Nelson (2019-2021) - Nelson Poultry Farms, Inc.

Jim Sechrist (2019-2021) - ILC Resources

Frank Anoina (2019-2021) –Henningsen Foods, Inc.

Frank Anoina (2019-2021) –Henningsen Foods, Inc.

Ashlee Hartman (2020-2022) - Nebraska Dept. of Agriculture

Brent Nelson (2020-2022) - Nelson Poultry Farms, Inc.

Brent Nelson (2020-2022) - Nelson Poultry Farms, Inc.,

Pat Melena (2019-2021) - Michael Foods Egg Products Co.

William Claybaugh (2019-2021) – TWT Farms

Adam Hladky (2019-2021) – Hladky Chicken Ranch

Jason Perdue (2019-2021)

Jeff Shaner (2019-2021) – Shaner Poultry LLC

Kellee Rasmussen (2020-2022) – 4&4 Farms

John Toney (2020-2022)

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.