ATLANTA – Texas A&M University was named the winner of the 63rd U.S. Poultry & Egg Association National Poultry Judging Contest, held at Louisiana State University. They were high team overall. Kevin Ellis, also from Texas A&M, was high individual overall winner. The team repeated as national champions, winning the contest in both 2008 and 2009.

Penn State team was runner-up in the team competition. Jacob Haagan, Penn State University, was second in the individual overall competition.

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association sponsors the National Poultry Judging Contest as part of its comprehensive student outreach program. The contest was established to enhance young people's interest in the poultry industry and encourage student enrollment in poultry science studies. Teams compete in production judging, breed selection, and market products judging. The Association also sponsors the annual College Student Career Program at the International Poultry Expo, supports FFA and 4-H poultry activities, and funds student recruiting efforts for poultry science departments and programs through the U.S. Poultry & Egg Harold E. Ford Foundation.

Ten universities participated in this year's competition. The awards were presented by Paul Pressley, Vice President, Poultry & Egg Institute, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association.