John Marcy, extension specialist and professor at the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas, was named the 2019 Industry Leader of the Year by multi-state trade organization The Poultry Federation (TPF) — Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma — during the 60th Annual Poultry Festival recently in Rogers. The award has been presented since 1955 and recognizes the outstanding achievements of poultry and egg executives and their contribution to the industry.
Marcy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in food technology and science from the University of Tennessee and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in food technology from Iowa State University. He has been a director of quality control for Portion-Trol Foods, worked in production management and quality assurance for Swift & Co. and Jerome Foods, and has been an assistant professor and extension food scientist at Virginia Tech. He was made a Fellow in the Institute of Food Technologists in 2009.
Marcy served four years on the National Advisory Committee for Meat and Poultry Inspection. Since 2005, he has conducted culinary workshops for Tyson Foods, Simmons Foods and worked in conjunction with the Research Chefs Association to enable product developers to earn recognition as a Certified Culinary Scientist. The Research Chefs Association awarded Marcy a President’s Award in 2019 in recognition of his years of service.
The poultry science department and the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science at the UA includes a complex of teaching, research and extension facilities at the Arkansas Agricultural Research and Extension Center and the John W. Tyson Poultry Science Building on campus. The department provides the curriculum for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs.