News Release

For Immediate Release

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association

Tucker, Ga. - January 24, 2023

Gwen Venable, 678.514.1971,, (USPOULTRY)

USPOULTRY Recognizes 2023 Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award Finalists and Award Recipients

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) recognized five poultry farms that were nominated for the annual Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award at the International Poultry Expo, part of the 2023 International Production & Processing Expo. The award is given annually to recognize exemplary environmental stewardship by family farmers engaged in poultry and egg production.

“It is an honor to recognize these five family farms for the outstanding job they do in being good stewards of their land. Our industry could not continue to perform and flourish without taking proper care of our natural resources. These five winners are to be commended for their efforts,” remarked Mike Levengood, Perdue Farms, and outgoing USPOULTRY chairman.

Applicants were rated in several categories, including litter management, nutrient management planning, community involvement, wildlife enhancement techniques, innovative nutrient management techniques and participation in education or outreach programs. In selecting the national winners and finalists, applications were reviewed, and farm visits conducted, by a team of environmental professionals from universities, regulatory agencies and poultry associations.

The winners were chosen from five geographical regions throughout the United States and included a State Poultry Association nomination. The winners are as follows.

State Poultry Association Nomination winner – Parham’s Pullets, Dresden, Tenn.
David and Melanie Parham, nominated by the Tennessee Poultry Association

North Central Region winner – Fruechte Turkey Farms, Decatur, Ind.
Craig and Mindy Fruechte, nominated by Cooper Farms

South Central Region winner – Backes Turkey Farm, Eldon, Mo.
Glenn and Tracey Backes, nominated by Cargill

Southeast Region winner – Morrison Poultry, LLC, Wingo, Ky.
Tim Morrison, nominated by Tyson Foods

Southwest Region winner – KD Farm, Stillwell, Okla.
Kevin and Kim Doyle, nominated by Cargill

There were also five finalists nominated. They are as follows.

State Poultry Association Nomination finalist – Brush Creek Henhouse LLC, Leon, Iowa
Mark and Alana Yoder and Sarah Yoder nominated by the North Central Poultry Federation

North Central Region finalist – Foltz Farm K LLC, Mathis, W.V.
Kevin and Lora Foltz, nominated by Cargill

South Central Region finalist – Gabel Farm, Galena, Mo.
Norbet and Susan Gabel, nominated by Cargill

Southeast Region finalist – Hagan Brothers Farm, Whitesville, Ky.
Dustin and Jason Hagan, nominated by Perdue Foods

Southwest Region finalist – C&M Poultry, Mt. Pleasant, Texas
Mike Thompson, nominated by Pilgrim’s


U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is the All Feather Association progressively serving its poultry and egg members through research, education, communications and technical services. Founded in 1947, USPOULTRY is based in Tucker, Georgia.

USPOULTRY recognized five Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award winners during the International Poultry Expo, part of the 2023 International Production & Processing Expo. Joining in the presentation are Jarod Morrison (left), Farbest Foods and newly elected USPOULTRY chairman, and Mike Levengood (right), Perdue Farms and outgoing USPOULTRY chairman.

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