J. B. BARNES
J. B. Bames was born in Hall County, Georgia where he grew up on a small grain and cattle farm along with one brother and sister. He attended- the local schools and following graduation from high school worked with a local company, Piedmont Sheet Metal Company, near Gainesville, GA. In 1950, during the early part of the Korean War, J. B. joined the U.S. Navy where he initially served in the Fleet Air Service Squadron. He was later transferred to the VP 28 Patrol Squadron where he served as a crew member for a P2V patrol plane for the duration of the war. Following his discharge in 1954, J. B. returned to Georgia to work for Lockheed Aircraft. He met and married his wife Joan and became the father of Marsha, Rhonda, and Joy. In 1957, he began attending the University of Georgia at Athens, while at the same time serving, as a management trainee with Martin Feed and Poultry Company, Gainesville, GA. He graduated with a BBA in Business and a minor in poultry production in 1962, and upon his graduation was promoted to the position of complex manager for Martin Feed and Poultry.
In 1967, J. B. was hired by Hubbard Farms, one of the major broiler breeding companies, located in Walpole, NH. He and his family moved to Statesville, NC, where he assumed the role of regional hatchery manager; As the company grew and developed, J. VB. was promoted to the position of Area Production Manager for Hubbard Farms, and was assigned the responsibility of building a new modem hatchery and to change the company’s production methods from independent to contract producers for the management of Hubbard’s grandparent flocks that produced their parent stock hatching eggs. He combined the former production facilities that were located in both North and South Carolina into a single area near Statesville, NC. That project was completed in 1975. As the company continued to grow and expand, J. B. was promoted to Director of Production and Sales for Hubbard Farms for the eastern US and Canada. His goals were to improve grandparent production and hatchability for all of Hubbard’s facilities in his region, and to design and develop an ISO 9000 program that was compatible with all of Hubbard Farm’s units world wide to insure consistent quality control.
In 1995, J.B. Helped Hubbard Purchase land in Pikeville, TN for a new grandparent complex. He oversaw the construction of a new hatchery and support facilities that were built on a very large acreage that was completely fenced to insure security and quality control. At the time this was the largest breeder complex and modern hatchery in the USA. All new growing and laying houses were constructed with all new contract producers before the hatchery was completed. An Open House with visitors from all over USA and from Europe was held in June, 1997 to celebrate the completion of the project.
J.B. has also been extremely active in industry and community organizations including: the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, Board of Directors from 1985 to present, President, 1991; the NC Poultry Federation, President 1982-83; the NC Mutual Hatchery Association, president 1972-84; the N. Wilkesboro Area Poultry Association,, President 12979-80 and 1987-88; the National Poultry Improvement Plan, General Conference Committee; the NC Agricultural Foundation Board; the NC Cooperative Extension Advisory Council; the Statesville-Iredell County School System; the Tennessee Poultry and Egg Association, and the Hubbard Charitable Foundation, where he served as Chairman until May, 2004, and continues to serve as Vice Chairman.
In August, 1997, J.B. retired from Hubbard Farms and began his own consulting business working with broiler companies around the world on production and hatching problems. He has consulted with a number of U.S integrators, as well as with companies in Zambia, Belize< panama and the Bahamas.
Due to his outstanding contributions to the North Carolina and the USA poultry industries, it is with great pleasure that the Officers and Directors of the North Carolina Poultry Federation induct J.B. Barnes into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.