SPRINGDALE, ARK. — Two of Tyson Foods Inc.’s poultry growers were recognized at the 2023 International Processing and Production Expo (IPPE) for excellence in family farm management.

Morrison Poultry, Wingo, Ky., and Parham Pullets, Dresden, Tenn., received the Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award from the US Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY). Winners were chosen from five US geographical regions. Morrison Poultry was the Southeast Region winner, and Parham Pullets was the State Poultry Association winner.

USPOULTRY selected the winners based off several categories, such as litter management, nutrient management planning, community involvement, wildlife enhancement techniques, innovative nutrient management techniques and participation in outreach programs. 

“I take great pride in the work I do for Tyson Foods,” said David Parham, owner of Parham Pullets. “We strive to do the best we can to represent the poultry industry and ensure we go above and beyond to implement sustainable and environmentally responsible practices on our farm that will carry on for generations.”

Prior to establishing his farm in 2018, Parham worked for the Tyson Foods Obion County Complex. Currently, Parham operates six pullet barns. He is a board member at the Weakley County Farm Bureau and is part of the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, where he is the chairman on the Poultry Advisory Committee and a member of the Resolutions Committee.

The Morrison family has been active in the poultry industry for 24 years. They are members of the Kentucky Poultry Federation and are on Tyson Foods’ Grower Advisory Council.

“I am representing Tyson Foods, and I take great pride in having a clean farm and raising the birds at a high standard,” said Tim Morrison, owner of Morrison farms. “Respecting and taking care of the birds is our top priority, and that includes raising them on a farm that’s sustainable for the future generations of my family.”