World Poultry Foundation

Mark Hickman Recognized for Service to the
World Poultry Foundation

 

CONTACT:
Ashley Wiskirchen
Communications Specialist
info@worldpoultryfoundation.org

 

Hickman Service Recognition Award
Eric Joiner, Chairman of the World Poultry Foundation Board, presents Mark Hickman with a plaque recognizing his service to the foundation as treasurer from 2011-2018. Hickman has resigned his position as treasurer, but will remain on the board as a director at large.

Stone Mountain, Georgia. — In April 2018 Eric Joiner, Chairman of the World Poultry Foundation Board of Directors, presented Mark Hickman with an award for distinguished service to the foundation.

The Hickman family’s legacy and rich history in poultry has no doubt shaped Mark’s interest to serve and support the industry with his professional experience.

“As the founder of Peco Foods, my grandfather, and later my father, taught me the poultry business from the ground up,” Hickman shared.

Peco Foods was founded in 1930, and is now among the top ten poultry producers in the U.S. The Alabama-based company produces about 24 million pounds of poultry per week, and operates a retail products division providing chicken products, marketing services, and support capabilities for its clients.

It was no surprise, then, that after Hickman received his undergraduate degree in management, his master’s degree in finance and finally his MBA from the University of Alabama, he chose a career in poultry.

Hickman’s involvement with the World Poultry Foundation began in October 2006, when the foundation was still known as the USAPEEC International Poultry Development Program (UIPDP).

Hickman was invited to accompany the leadership of the UIPDP, under the direction of Jim Sumner, to visit the Elinar-Broiler facilities in Russia. Hickman was uniquely positioned to aid this project owing to Peco Food’s long history in the Russian market. He quickly recognized the significance of the opportunity to share best practices during a time of constricted growth and economic challenge in the former Soviet Union.

His involvement helped make the project a major success, which paved the way for many future collaborations for the foundation internationally.

Hickman has served the World Poultry Foundation as treasurer since 2011, a role that has been vital in both expanding and sustaining the foundations projects and services over the last seven years.

“Balance sheets, investments, budgets, marketing and strategic planning are among my areas of expertise,” he said, “It has been a privilege to share my background and experiences with the World Poultry Foundation and board as treasurer.”

Now the Chief Executive Operator and President of Peco Foods, Hickman carries on the legacy of leadership in poultry that has been passed down to him through generations of expertise and service.

In 2018, he resigned his position of treasurer on the foundation’s board, but will continue to influence and guide the foundation in the role of director-at-large.

World Poultry Foundation CEO, Randall Ennis, acknowledged Hickman’s contributions to the foundation’s mission as above-and-beyond his financial duties.

“Mark’s leadership in the development of the vision and strategic direction of the foundation, as well as his philanthropic spirit, have been a catalyst to our success,” Ennis said.

Hickman remains “100% committed” to the role and mission of the foundation, and looks forward to his continued involvement.

“This foundation is changing lives around the world by investing in sustainable projects that assist farmers, teachers and families in underserved countries,” He said, “Among all the industry-related activities I have been involved with throughout my career, the World Poultry Foundation is one of the most rewarding.”

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About the World Poultry Foundation (WPF) The World Poultry Foundation is a non-profit organization committed promoting economic development in emerging markets outside of the U.S. by providing education and technical training on poultry production. For more information, visit worldpoultryfoundation.org.

 

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World Poultry Foundation Sponsors
Training for Veterinarians in Ethiopia

CONTACT:
Ashley Wiskirchen
Communications Specialist
info@worldpoultryfoundation.org

 

Stone Mountain, Georgia. — In April of 2018, the World Poultry Foundation sponsored a two-day training workshop for field extension agents and veterinarians in Ethiopia.

Training and educational programs are an essential part of the foundation’s mission. Hands-on training opportunities facilitated by professionals at the top of their game enable the foundation to carry out its vision of supporting and educating growers and other poultry professionals across the globe.

At the Ethiopian training workshop, sixty-four veterinarians met in Addis Ababa to receive intensive interactive training in the areas of poultry health and management. This workshop was facilitated by Scott Gillingham, DVM and Sainos Manzira, BVSc.

 

 

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World Poultry Foundation

Builds on Partnerships in South Africa

 

CONTACT:
Ashley Wiskirchen
Communications Specialist
info@worldpoultryfoundation.org

 

Stone Mountain, Georgia. — The World Poultry Foundation (WPF) has signed a second agreement with the KwaZulu-Natal Poultry Institute (KZNPI) in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

This agreement renews initiatives to conduct training programs for small holder poultry growers and extension agents throughout the region. The agreement’s primary goal is to train one hundred and sixty individuals in the 2018 calendar year.

 

 

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World Poultry Foundation Completes Successful
Training in South Africa

Goal is to improve husbandry skills among small farmers, service providers

CONTACT:
Leah Cochran Mulcahy
USA Poultry & Egg Export Council
770.413.0006
lmulcahy@usapeec.org

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – The World Poultry Foundation (WPF) has successfully completed its first two rounds of training to improve the production skills and farm management capabilities of small poultry and egg farmers in underserved rural South Africa.

Working with the KwaZulu Natal Poultry Institute (KZNPI), the WPF retained the services of Dr. Mike Lacy, a visiting Fulbright specialist and professor emeritus of poultry science at the University of Georgia. Lacy and Walter Gwala of KZNPI facilitated the weeklong training modules, which attracted small producers, provincial extension agents, and private extension providers.

 

 

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World Poultry Foundation Announces South Africa Grant

Partnership with Future Farmers to Focus on Poultry Husbandry Training in US

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – Continuing with its mission to improve poultry and egg production in Sub-Saharan Africa, the World Poultry Foundation (WPF) has given a direct grant to the Future Farmers Foundation of South Africa (FFFSA) to train young current and future farmers in the U.S. on poultry husbandry.

Focusing on young South African men and women between the ages of 16 and 30 with a passion for poultry and egg production, FFFSA will use the grant for internships with U.S. poultry and egg companies.

 

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World Poultry Foundation Announces Rural Poultry Initiative in Tanzania and Nigeria

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – The World Poultry Foundation (WPF) has received a four year $21.4 million dollar grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to enhance poultry production in Tanzania and Nigeria.

Working closely with government and in-country private sector partners, the WPF will lead a project that will catalyze a transformation of rural poultry production in these two countries. This initiative will increase poultry production and productivity through the access of low-input dual purpose birds, increase rural household income, improve household nutrition and empower women.

 

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World Poultry Foundation concludes Ghana Project

University Poultry Scientists Help Poultry Farmers Train Peers

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – The World Poultry Foundation (WPF) recently concluded the second phase of a landmark multiyear project to improve poultry and egg production in Ghana by teaching a small group of producers to train other producers with a long-term goal of boosting the industry’s husbandry capabilities.

Funded by the WPF in partnership with the Ghanaian Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers, this “train-the-trainer” program taught local poultry farmers how to produce chickens more efficiently, with particular emphasis on improving biosecurity to help prevent the spread of disease.

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World Poultry Foundation-Funded Hatchery Project Completed In Vietnam

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – The World Poultry Foundation launched its new website this week, as part of its rebranding initiative.

The rebranding initiative was implemented in 2015 as World Poultry Foundation (WPF) was re- named from the USAPEEC International Poultry Development Program (UIPDP). WPF also hired Randall Ennis, former CEO of Aviagen, as its new CEO.

 

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World Poultry Foundation launches new website

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – The World Poultry Foundation launched its new website this week, as part of its rebranding initiative.

The rebranding initiative was implemented in 2015 as World Poultry Foundation (WPF) was re- named from the USAPEEC International Poultry Development Program (UIPDP). WPF also hired Randall Ennis, former CEO of Aviagen, as its new CEO.

 

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World Poultry Foundation Taps Ennis As CEO

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – Randall Ennis, former CEO of the Aviagen Group, has been named president of the World Poultry Foundation, previously known as the USAPEEC International Poultry Development Program (UIPDP).

 

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