Susan Watkins named Poultry Federation Industry Leader of Year
By Fred Miller
U of A System Division of Agriculture
June 24, 2016
- Dr. Susan Watkins named Poultry Federation Industry Leader of the Year during annual Poultry Festival.
- Award recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions to the poultry industry.
- Watkins is an Arkansas extension poultry specialist and professor of poultry science for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Susan Watkins, professor of poultry science and poultry extension specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, was named the 2016 Industry Leader of the Year by The Poultry Federation.
The award was presented by federation president Marvin Childers and members of the group’s board of directors during the 57th Annual Poultry Festival in Rogers June 17-18.
The award has been presented by The Poultry Federation since 1955 to recognize the outstanding achievements of poultry and egg business executives and their contributions to the industry. The 2016 award was presented by The Poultry Federation President, Marvin Childers and members of the Board of Directors.
Watkins joined the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service in 1996 and is a prominent expert in water quality. She provides critical technical support to Arkansas’ poultry industry in litter management, nutrition, energy efficient lighting and sanitation.
The Poultry Federation is a tristate trade association representing the broiler and egg industry in Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Watkins has been active in the organization, planning and executing the annual Live Production Symposium. She is also the secretary and program coordinator for the federation’s turkey committee.
Watkins is revered as a teacher and mentor by poultry science students at the University of Arkansas and serves as the poultry science department’s internship coordinator. She is also director of the Division of Agriculture’s Applied Broiler Research Farm and coordinator of the unit’s field days.
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