"Working for a Greater Poultry Industry in Louisiana"
History of the Louisiana Poultry Federation

On April 7, 1959, the articles of incorporation were filed and recorded, and The Louisiana Poultry Industries of Louisiana, Inc. was formed. The organization developed from the Louisiana Poultry Improvement Association. Then, 34 years later the organization adopted new by-laws and amendments to the Articles of Incorporation. The Amendment became effective on October 27, 1993. With those changes, the organization's name was changed to the Louisiana Poultry Federation. Also, the organization became a state affiliate of the US Poultry & Egg Association in 1964.

The first two Louisiana Poultry Conventions were held in New Orleans in 1957 and 1958. These conventions were organized by the Louisiana Poultry Improvement Association. When The Poultry Industries of Louisiana, Inc. was formed, the annual convention moved to Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge was the home of the convention from 1960 to 1984 with one exception. In 1975 there was a joint convention with the Mississippi Poultry Improvement Association and it was held in Biloxi, MS. The annual Louisiana Poultry Convention moved to the Shreveport/Bossier City area in 1985, and continues to be held there today.

Within the Louisiana Poultry Federation there have been several committees that were formed, served their purpose, and then were not needed anymore. However, one committee, the Louisiana Poultry Council, has remained active throughout the history of the Louisiana Poultry Federation. The council was established in 1962 and has provided many educational programs for the broiler industry. In 1984, the broiler council assumed the responsibilities of the education committee of the Louisiana Poultry Federation. With this, the annual Louisiana Poultry Seminar began. The first seminar was held in Bossier City in 1985. A seminar has been held each year since then (except in 2009)!

However, with all of the changes in the organization, conventions, and committees, there are many things that have remained important to the Louisiana Poultry Federation's purpose. Its motto "Working for a Greater Poultry Industry in Louisiana" has remained effective throughout the history of the Louisiana Poultry Federation. This motto ties all of the organization's objectives together, and the seven objectives of the Louisiana Poultry Federation have remained effective.

To fulfill its objectives the Louisiana Poultry Federation has maintained a long-term and strong relationship with the LSU AgCenter Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station. LSU AgCenter faculty have been key to the educational component of the organization and have been active advisors to the board of directors.

The Louisiana Poultry Federation has supported education through scholarship money, donations to 4-H programs, and donations to the collegiate poultry judging team. They awarded their first undergraduate scholarship in 1959. They have been awarding scholarships to undergraduate students with an interest in poultry science since then. In the beginning the scholarships were awarded from the Poultry Industries of Louisiana, Inc. In 1989 the Louisiana Poultry Federation formed the Louisiana Poultry Industries Educational Foundation, Inc., and the foundation has been awarding scholarships since then. The federation works all year to raise funds to support the educational foundation and its scholarship awards.

The Louisiana Poultry Federation provides support for the Louisiana State University Poultry Judging Team. They have provided monetary support for the judging team periodically since 1960. In recent years, the federation has increased their commitment and support for the poultry judging team.

Support for 4-H programs has been a priority for the Louisiana Poultry Federation. The federation began supporting 4-H programs in the early 1960's. Their commitment and support of 4-H has increased over the years. Currently they support the LSU AgCenter Livestock Show Broiler Project, the State Fair of Louisiana Broiler Project, and the 4-H Chicken and Turkey Ambassador Programs. Furthermore, they sponsor awards for the LSU AgCenter Junior Poultry Shows. The Louisiana Poultry Federation provides support for the State 4-H Poultry Judging contest, as well as for poultry educational workshops for youth, county agents, and volunteer leaders. Each year, the federation provides the funds for eleven 4-H'ers to travel to and participate in the National 4-H Poultry & Egg Conference. They also provide monetary support for the conference.

The Louisiana Poultry Federation works with Louisiana's Commissioner of Agriculture to promote the poultry industry. And, during the hurricane season of 2005, the federation worked with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry to provide emergency equipment needed during power outages to save livestock and poultry. The Louisiana Poultry Federation also works to inform those involved in the poultry industry of any legislation or industry changes that will affect the entire industry.
Throughout the history of the Louisiana Poultry Federation, Louisiana's poultry industry has been promoted and supported. The Louisiana Poultry Federation has been through many changes that made the organization better and more effective so that it may "Work for a Greater Poultry Industry in Louisiana!"