Wentworth Hubbard, son of Hubbard Farms founder Oliver Hubbard and former president/CEO from 1962 to 1986, has died at the age of 83. J.B. Barnes, former Hubbard Farms director of production and sales for the eastern U.S. and Canada, has died at age 82.

Hubbard also served throughout the years on the National Broiler Council, American Egg Board, N.H. Poultry Growers Association, N.H. Agricultural Commission, 4-H Foundation of N.H., and numerous civic and educational organizations. Since retiring from Hubbard Farms in 1986, he was president and owner of Tulsa Baseball Inc. His strong work ethic and vision allowed Hubbard Farms to grow as a worldwide leader in both broiler and egg laying genetics.


One of Barnes's many accomplishments was designing and developing the Hubbard Pikeville, Tenn., grandparent complex, including construction of the world's largest primary breeder hatchery at that time. He was a member of an advisory committee to the U.S. Secretary of Labor, a member of the N.C. Agricultural Foundation, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association director — serving as president in 1991  — and past president of the N.C. Poultry Federation. In 2004, Barnes was inducted into the N.C. Poultry Hall of Fame.