Kidd named 2014 Industry Leader of the Year by TPF poultry and egg executives

June 19, 2014
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Mike Kidd Dr.Michael T. Kidd
Director, Center of Excellence for Poultry Science;
Department Head, Dept of Poultry Science

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Dr. Michael Kidd, director of the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science and head of the department of poultry science for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture was named the 2014 Industry Leader of the Year by The Poultry Federation (TPF) – Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma - during the 55th Annual Poultry Festival.

The award has been presented since 1955 and recognizes the outstanding achievements of poultry and egg executives and their contribution to the industry. Presenting the award this year was TPF Board of Directors and Marvin Childers, President.

Kidd is a poultry science graduate from the University of Arkansas and was a recipient of the Arkansas Feed Mill Scholarship. He has a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. He has been a lab tech for Hudson Foods, a research director and research manager for Nutri-Quest, has consulted in over 30 countries, and has more than 355 peer reviewed manuscripts. He has served as president of the Poultry Science Association and department head at the department of poultry science at Mississippi State University.

“Dr. Kidd has revitalized the poultry science department at the University of Arkansas by increasing the number of students and increasing their participation,” stated Marvin Childers in his introduction of Dr. Kidd. “He has led efforts to have the department become more engaged with the industry. Dr. Kidd supports the industry with research. In doing this, he is also developing future poultry industry leaders.”

Dr. Kidd and his wife Denise reside in Tontitown and have three children.

The poultry science department and the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science include a complex of teaching, research and extension facilities at the Arkansas Agricultural Research and Extension Center and the John W. Tyson Poultry Science Building on the University of Arkansas campus. The department provides the curriculum for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs.