The American Poultry Association
, or APA
, is the largest poultry
organization in the North America
. Founded in 1873, and incorporated in Illinois in 1923, it is also the oldest livestock
organization in the country. The first American poultry show
was held in 1849, and the APA was later formed in response to the burgeoning need for an overseeing body to set standards for poultry breeds and to administer judging. A year after its foundation, the Association published the first American Standard of Perfection
, which to this day is the most widely used and respected handbook on poultry breed standards. The APA continues to publish and expand the Standard
, and aims to promote all aspects of poultry fancy
by certifying official judges, sponsoring shows, fostering youth participation, and advocating for its members, in both the U.S. and Canada
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