Aviagen® is proud to announce that the Poultry Federation has selected its Business Unit Manager for North America Billy Hufford as the 2022 “Industry Leader of the Year.”
The goal of this accolade is to recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions of poultry and egg business executives. Hufford was chosen based on his more than two decades of industry leadership and commitment. At a recent ceremony, Marvin Childers, President of The Poultry Federation, and Holly Duval, Director of Marketing and Business Development, presented Hufford with a commemorative gold lapel pin and a crystal award.
Two decades of industry commitment
Growing up in rural northwest Arkansas, poultry has always been a part of Hufford’s life, and his passion for the industry is evident. He dedicates his time and effort to furthering the sustainability of the industry for future generations, and can often be found sharing his experience and insight with students at the University of Arkansas Poultry Science department and other academic institutions.
Hufford’s diverse resume spans more than 20 years of management experience in the poultry breeding, swine and food industries. Before joining Aviagen in 2017, he served in various levels of management roles for well-known industry players including Hubbard LLC, Cobb Vantress, McKee Foods (maker of Little Debbie) and Seaboard Foods Inc. He holds a bachelor of science degree in Agriculture Education from Oklahoma State University.
He commented, “I am humbled and grateful to the Poultry Federation for this award, and feel honored to be part of an organization that shares the passion of myself and my company for feeding the world for today and tomorrow and contributing to the preservation of our planet.”
Marc de Beer, President of Aviagen North America, added, “We are proud of Billy for achieving this honor, and thank the Poultry Federation for recognizing him. Aviagen values our longstanding collaboration with this noteworthy organization and the good work it does in promoting the interests of our industry.”
Since 1923, Aviagen® has been a preferred global poultry breeding company with a mission to help its customers -- the world’s chicken meat producers -- supply sustainable, affordable and nutritious protein to their growing communities. Putting into practice its corporate value of “Breeding Sustainability,” Aviagen implements efficiencies that make commercial chicken production environmentally and socially responsible and economically beneficial to producers, while at the same time promoting bird performance, health and welfare.
To meet varied market demands, Aviagen offers a full portfolio of breeding stock under the Arbor Acres®, Indian River® and Ross® brand names. The Rowan Range® and Specialty Males® target slower-growing and other niche market needs. Aviagen is based in Huntsville, Alabama, US., with operations across the UK, Europe, Turkey, Latin America, India, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and the US, and joint ventures in Asia. The company employs close to 8,000 people, and serves customers in 100 countries.