Dale Hyatt, Farm Manager of the TAMU Poultry Science Teaching, Research and Extension Facility, was presented with the Tyson Foods Support Personnel Award at the 2012 Poultry Science Association Annual Meeting in Athens, Georgia. This award acknowledges the long-term (5+ years) contributions by support personnel and recognizes outstanding support of research, extension, or teaching programs in poultry science.
Dale Hyatt has been a staff member in the Department of Poultry Science at Texas A&M since September of 1985. Dale grew up in Dickinson, Texas, a small town located midway between Houston and Galveston. He received his BS in poultry science from Texas A&M University in 1979. Immediately following graduation, he was hired to serve as division manager for Earl B. Olsen Farms, a division of Jennie-O Foods, located in central Minnesota. He left Earl B. Olsen Farms in the summer of 1983 and returned to Texas A&M, Poultry Science Department, to enroll as an MS student. The Poultry Science Department completed construction of a new poultry research farm in 1985 and created a position available as farm manager. Dale was offered and accepted the position and left graduate school as a PhD candidate to meet the challenge of managing and operating a new facility. Throughout his career, Dale has become involved with several Poultry Youth projects and currently serves as committee member for the FFA National Poultry Committee, chairman for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Poultry Show, and participates in numerous Poultry Youth events on a state and national level. In addition to serving as poultry farm manager, Dale has conducted numerous research trials in the field of poultry health and management. He also manages and mentors several part-time, undergraduate, student farm employees and assists with instruction of several undergraduate poultry science classes and laboratories. Congratulations!