A native of Pennsylvania, Dr Jasper received degrees in Poultry Science and Agricultural Marketing from the University of Vermont, Ohio State University, and Cornell University. His professional experience includes employment as a Marketing Specialist with the US Department of Agriculture, Managing editor of Poultry Tribune, and Associate Professor of Farm Management and Marketing at Cornell University, where he was heavily involved in poultry extension activities.
For 23 years Bill Jasper worked for the American Farm Bureau Federation and its affiliated American Agricultural Marketing Association where he was initially involved with contract broiler growers and integrated broiler companies. He spent most of his time as Director of AFBF's Poultry Department and Manager of AAMA's poultry Division, being involved with local, regional, national and international activities. He also served a stint with AFBF as Secretary for Market Development and Research. He was Director of the Bureau's Marketing Division when he resigned to enter a purely commercial endeavour.
Bill spent 2 1/2 years as International Vice President and Director of Technical Services for Agrimerica, traveling and working with feed manufacturers and other commercial firms in over 30 countries. He came to California in January, 1985, as General Manager of Consolidated Producers Association. On July 1st of that year, he became President and General Manager of West Coast United Egg Producers.
Dr Jasper is an active member of several professional organizations. He has served on a number of domestic and international agricultural committees and as a Consultant for the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations in Rome and India. He is a Past President of the American Poultry Historical Society, and a former Member of Council representing the United States on the International Egg Commission.
Bill Jasper is a Life Fellow of the International Biographical Association of Cambridge, England, and he has been decorated twice by the French Government for his agricultural work.
He served two separate two-year terms as President of the American Poultry Historical Society and contributed a chapter on "Marketing" in the book American Poultry History, 1823-1973. He has published over 200 popular trade journal articles and ha been contributing editor for one French, two American and two British agricultural publications. He also wrote a history of WPSA which appeared in Vol. 34(1) 1978 of the World's Poultry Science Journal.
Of especial note have been Bill Jasper's many and considerable contributions to the advancement of the WPSA. He was a founder member of the USA Branch of WPSA in 1965 and served as its first Vice President. Shortly after the formation of the Branch he was pressed into duty as President upon the untimely death of the first Branch President, Dr C.D. Carpenter.
Dr jasper served as Vice President of WPSA from 1971 to 1974 and as President from 1974 to 1978. He was a member of Council from the USA from 1963 to 1971 and served on the WPSA Constitution Committee, which provided a revision of the 60 year old document and saw its adoption in 1972. In fact, he supplied the draft version which the Committee used to begin its deliberations.
During his term as President of WPSA he made it a point, while traveling worldwide, to visit as many Branches and members of WPSA as possible. This required extra effort, careful scheduling and the sacrificing of time he could easily have used for rest, relaxation, or the pursuit of purely personal interests. No President before, nor since, has made as many WPSA contacts and visits on such a wide scale as Dr Jasper.
Before and after his term as President, Dr Jasper also visited many Branches and members of WPSA in connection with business travel and with one of his non-professional pursuits. He made many trips abroad to many countries as a tour conductor in his own time. Whenever possible, on such tours, he would get in touch with WPSA members to learn of their activities and shore items of mutual interest and concern. He was literally an Ambassador of "Good Will" for WPSA and, during a two month stay in India as an FAO lecturer, he was instrumental in assisting the Indian Members of WPSA to organize a Branch, which was duly formed and recognized in 1973.
He was a member of the Official US delegation to the 13th, 14th, 16th and 17th World Poultry Congresses and a key member of the Organizing Committee of the 15th Congress in the USA. He continues to maintain an active involvement in WPSA affairs, serving on the Executive Committee in his capacity of Honorary Past President.
Dr Jasper and wife, Dee, reside in Alta Loma, California.
Nominated by United States of America