|Perdue Farms representatives present a $15,000 grant from the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation to the Rockingham County Fairgrounds Poultry Project in Harrisonburg, Va. From left are Jeff Ishee, general manager of the Rockingham County Fair Association; Hobey Bauhan, president of the Virginia Poultry Federation; Lee Anne Biller, curator of the Poultry Education Building; Kenny Lambert, director of operations at Perdue’s Bridgewater, Va., operation; Jim Hungate, Perdue human resources manager; and Adonica Miller, Perdue associate and member of the Poultry Education Building Committee.|
Salisbury, Md. (Thursday, February 2, 2015) — Virginia has a rich history in poultry, especially in the Shenandoah Valley. A $15,000 grant funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation will help the Rockingham County Fair Association showcase the historic and economic importance of the poultry industry at its new exhibit building at the fairgrounds in Harrisonburg, Va.
“The grant provided by the Perdue Foundation will help tens of thousands of people understand the significant history and positive financial impact of the poultry industry in our region” said Jeff Ishee, general manager of the Rockingham County Fair Association. “We thank the Perdue Foundation for making this project possible.”
In 2014, the Rockingham County Fair Association and poultry companies operating in the county, including Perdue Farms, developed a plan to fulfill its mission “to promote agriculture and be a leader in the presentation and promotion of farm life and food production.” The Association set out to renovate and expand its poultry facilities on the fairgrounds with funding support from private donors, poultry companies and others with an interest in agriculture.
Funding from the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, will help upgrade interactive displays and educational exhibits inside the building. Upgrades include enhance audio at three video kiosks, new historical videos, a small poultry barn in the middle of the building with educational activities for children, touch-screen tablets featuring questions and answers, and new signage outside the facility.
“Our goal is for everybody who comes into the building, young or old, to have an area where they can get a better understanding of where we have been and where we are going as an industry,” said Lee Anne Biller, hatchery manager for Georges Foods in Harrisonburg, who serves as curator for the poultry exhibit project. “We want to make sure people understand how we raise our poultry, what is in the product they eat, and also that we care about our animals and the environment we live and work in.”
“Educating the community about the poultry industry and doing so in such fun and enriching ways as will be done in this facility is important to Perdue and the Foundation,” said Kenny Lambert, director of Perdue operations in Bridgewater, Va. “We are honored to invest in helping share the poultry industry story and look forward to the numerous activities that will be held at the fairgrounds for years to come.”
Virginia Poultry Federation President Hobey Bauhan said the Rockingham County Fair has long been a leader in promoting agriculture in the Commonwealth. “These new facilities and exhibits highlight the economic importance of an agriculture sector that employs more than 15,000 people and supports more than 1,100 family farms in the state.”
Approximately 75,000 to 100,000 people are expected to visit the exhibit building during the annual Rockingham County Fair August 17-22. Tours of the facility, however, are available by appointment year-round by calling the Fairgrounds office at (540) 434-0005. For more information visit www.rockinghamcountyfair.com.
About Perdue Farms
Perdue Farms is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for everyone we touch through innovative food and agricultural products. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdue’s farm in 1920, to our expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the PERDUE® brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, and continuing with our third generation of leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, we’ve remained family owned and family operated. We are the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness. Through our PERDUE®, HARVESTLAND®, and COLEMAN NATURAL® and COLEMAN ORGANIC® food brands; agricultural products and services; and stewardship and corporate responsibility programs, we are working to become the most-trusted name in food and agricultural products. Learn more about Perdue Farms at www.perduefarms.com.
About the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. As part of our belief in supporting the communities where and with whom we do business, the Foundation provides grants on behalf of Perdue Farms in communities where large numbers of our associates live and work. At Perdue Farms, we believe in responsible food and agriculture.™