Dr. Michael Kidd, director, department head and professor at the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science and the Department of Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas, has been named the “2014 Industry Leader of the Year” by The Poultry Federation (TPF). The award has been presented since 1955 and recognizes the outstanding achievements of poultry and egg executives and their contributions to the industry.

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 technician for Hudson Foods and a research director and research manager for Nutri-Quest, has consulted in over 30 foreign countries, and has over 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.

Presenting the award this year was TPF’s current board of directors and Marvin Childers, TPF president.

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


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

The Poultry Federation is a tri-state trade organization representing the poultry and egg industries in Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.