The 48th Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Poultry Federation was held at the Grandover Resort & Conference Center in Greensboro. The meeting, held in early August, included the election of the 2015-16 Board of Directors, an awards banquet and a keynote address by the State Veterinarian Dr. R. Douglas Meckes.

Outgoing NCPF president Jeff Hancock presented the 2015 Grower Environmental Award to Stephen Smith and Shaun Barkley of Smith & Barkley Farms of Lumberton--a broiler operation contracting with Perdue Farms. Watt Parker and Penny Parker of Parker Farms of Cedar Grove were First Finalists. The Parkers’ cage-free commercial egg layers are under contract with Braswell Milling. The 2015 Allied Industry Award winner was Senior Account Manager Danny Weathers of Huvepharma.

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The 2015-16 Executive Board is made up of Ronnie Parker of Circle-S-Ranch, President; Jeff Stalls of Perdue Farms, 1st VP; Neal Walsh of Butterball, 2nd VP; Charles Rigdon of Case Farms, Secretary Treasurer; and Jeff Hancock of Unicon, Inc., Past President.

Board members for 2015-16 are Chandler Adams representing the Carolina Feed Industry Association, David Anderson of Butterball, Jeff Beavers of Mountaire Farms, Andrew Boyles of Tyson Foods, John Brinn of Rose Acre Farms, Kendall Casey of Perdue Farms, Tommy Furlough of Cal-Maine Foods, Pat Haynes of Allen Harim Farms, Todd Huneycutt of Huneycutt Brothers Farm, Dr. Alice Johnson of Butterball, Bob Johnson of House of Raeford, Cowan Johnson of House of Raeford, Terry Maness of Perdue Farms, Sean McKeon of Mountaire Farms, Paul Nordin of Wayne Farms, Connie Ozment of Valley Proteins, Tommy Porter Jr. of Porter Farms, Scott Prestage of Prestage Farms, Tommy Robertson of Sanderson Farms, Alex Simpson of Simpson’s Eggs, Joe Steed representing the Breeder Hatchery Association, Mark Whitt of International Paper, and Richard Williams of Pilgrims.