Paul Hill, West Liberty Foods, Ellsworth, Iowa, was elected chairman of the board of directors of the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY). Hill previously served as vice chairman. The board meeting was held during the International Poultry Expo, part of the 2016 International Production & Processing Expo, January 26-28, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia. Hill was presented with the “working man’s gavel” by Sherman Miller, the 2015 chairman. 

A native of Iowa, Hill received a bachelor's degree in economics from St. Olaf College. He was instrumental in the founding of West Liberty Foods, a farmer-owned company, in 1996. He is currently chairman of West Liberty Foods, as well as president of Circle Hill Farms. In addition, he is a past chairman of the National Turkey Federation.

Other USPOULTRY appointments include:


  • Jerry Moye, Cobb-Vantress, Siloam Springs, Arkansas, was named vice chairman. Moye graduated with a degree in economics from Washington College in Maryland. He spent 16 years in integrated chicken production for two large U.S. integrators, Showell Farms of Maryland and Zacky Farms of California, before joining Cobb-Vantress in 1991 where he held a variety of positions. He is currently president of Cobb-Vantress, Inc. In addition, he is a former chair of The Poultry Federation.

  • Tom Hensley, Fieldale Farms, Baldwin, Georgia, was named treasurer. A native of West Virginia, Hensley graduated with a degree in business from Marshall University. Before joining Fieldale Farms, Hensley was a tax manager at Price Waterhouse & Co. He is currently president of Fieldale Farms where he has worked for 38 years, as well as a member of Fieldale Farms Corporation board of directors. In addition, he is past chairman of the National Chicken Council and a life member of the Georgia Poultry Federation. He actively serves on various charitable organization boards.

  • John Prestage, Prestage Farms, Clinton, North Carolina, was named secretary. A native of North Carolina, Prestage graduated with a bachelor's degree in Animal Science from North Carolina State University. He has served the poultry industry in various capacities on boards and committees, including the North Carolina Poultry Federation and the National Turkey Federation. Active in his community, he serves on the local school and college foundation boards. He is currently senior vice president of Prestage Farms and has been with the company since its inception in 1983.

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