John Wallace

John Powell Wallace, 1999 Inductee
John Powell Wallace, 1999 Inductee

A leader in state and national poultry associations, John Powell Wallace is one of Florida’s poultry pioneers and the first chairman of the American Egg Board. He founded Wallace Hatchery Inc., in 1948 and Wallace Chicks Inc., in 1956 for the purpose of exporting chicks, hatching eggs and breeding stock to Latin America and the Caribbean. He established a significant nutrition research grants program to fund objective research about cholesterol, and established a cooperative funding plan to assist state egg promotion organizations. Wallace has served as president of the Florida Poultry Federation and the Southeastern Poultry and Egg Association and has been honored as “Workhorse of the Year” by the Southeastern Poultry and Egg Association and Man of the Year by the Florida Poultry Federation.

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