Mr. Tucker is Chairman of the Board, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Maple Leaf Farms, Incorporated, the largest
producer and processor of ducks in the United States.
He joined Maple Leaf Farms, located in Milford, Indiana, in
1963 and served as its Treasurer and Executive Vice President.
In 1974, he was elected President and CEO. The top national
ranking of Maple Leaf Farms in the duck industry is largely the
result of the leadership and management of Mr. Tucker. His
operation, which is one of only two primary breeders of ducklings
worldwide, conducts extensive research and development
in genetics, nutrition and environmental improvement of
duckling production. Major production units in both Indiana
and Wisconsin include facilities for producing all necessary
duck feeds, duckling hatcheries, processing plants, and a
prepared foods plant. They also operate a duckling disease
diagnostic laboratory and bacterin and vaccine production
Under Mr. Tucker's direction, Maple Leaf Farms has created
markets for nearly all the byproducts of processing. Subsidiaries
and affiliates in Grand Rapids, Michigan, process the
feathers and down into pillows and comforters. Maple Leaf
Farms is often cited as one of the real value-added export
success stories in American agriculture .
Mr. Tucker currently serves on the board of the Indiana Institute
of Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition and the Dean of
Agriculture's Advisory Council. He is a past director of the
Indiana State Poultry Association, the Poultry & Egg Institute of
America, and the National Duckling Council. He has also
hosted dozens of Purdue students, staff, and other educational
groups at his Maple Leaf Farms facilities.