A department head of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas has been named as the 2014 Industry Leader of the Year by The Poultry Federation.
Michael Kidd, director of the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science and head of the Department of Poultry Science in the Bumpers College, received the recognition during the 55th annual Poultry Festival in Rogers.
"I can't get over being honored like this," Kidd said in a news release. "We are working hard to get more students trained to become great leaders and placed in key industry jobs, as well as supporting our research and extension programs."
The Poultry Federation represents the poultry and egg industries in Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. The award recognizes the outstanding achievements of poultry and egg executives and their contribution to the industry. It's been awarded since 1955.
Kidd earned his bachelor's degree in poultry science from the University of Arkansas in 1990. He received his master's from the university in 1991, and his doctorate from North Carolina State University in 1994.
He has worked as a lab tech for Hudson Foods, a research director and research manager for Nutri-Quest, and has consulted in more than 30 countries, in addition to having more than 355 peer-reviews manuscripts. Kidd has also served as president of the Poultry Science Association and department head of Poultry Science at Mississippi State University.