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John is a veteran of the poultry & egg industry, serving a total of 23 years with US Poultry & Egg Association, 16 of which as President, and has more than 41 years in the poultry industry.

John joined the IEF in 2023, eager to impact the lives of countless children and provide future generations an endowment of plentiful nutrition and self-sufficiency through eggs.

As President of the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY). he was responsible for the administration of all Association programmes and activities, also serving as President of the U.S. Poultry & Egg Harold E. Ford Foundation (USPOULTRY Foundation).

John has a wealth of experience in the substantial growth and development of both the Association and the Foundation. During Starkey’s tenure, the Foundation conducted its first capital campaign, raising approximately $11 million. These funds, when combined with previous funds donated to the Foundation by USPOULTRY, allowing the Foundation to award up to $1 million per year in student recruiting and research grants to academic institutions across the United States in perpetuity.

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