Bernard Leonard, retired Group Vice President, Food Service Poultry and Prepared Foods for Tyson Foods, has been appointed to serve on the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) Board of Directors as a representative for the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association. Leonard is replacing Gary Cooper, COO of Cooper Farms and Immediate Past Chairman of U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, who stepped down from the USFRA board in August after two years of service.

Leonard has many years of experience in the poultry industry, including serving 13 years with Tyson Foods, in addition to holding executive-level management positions with Hudson Foods, Southland Foods, and ConAgra. Leonard has served as chair of both U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and the National Chicken Council. He was also an active leader in the Boy Scouts of America organization.

“I look forward to representing U.S. Poultry & Egg Association in USFRA, consisting of such a wide range of prominent national, regional and state agricultural groups and industry partners.  These partners have embraced the responsibility that stewardship of our food, our land, and our animals brings.  USFRA is committed to leading the conversation to provide answers to consumer’s questions about how our food is grown and raised,” remarked Leonard.

“Throughout his career, Bernard’s efforts have been integral in producing a safer, more sustainable poultry product, and he understands first-hand the importance of modern agricultural practices in providing healthy choices for everyone. We look forward to his continued leadership on the USFRA Board,” commented John Starkey, president of USPOULTRY.