Joe Sicer spent nearly all of his professional life teaching Indiana farmers about poultry production. The retired extension poultry specialist left the Cooperative Extension Service in 1968 with the rank of professor emeritus.
Sicer, who today splits his time between Lafayette, Ind. and Lake Placid, Fla., is a 1923 graduate of Purdue. He received his bachelor's degree in agriculture. As an undergraduate, he was involved in the intercollegiate judging team, the Agriculturist, Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, Alpha Zeta and Sigma Delta Chi. He also served as president of the Purdue Ag Club.
From 1923 to 1942, Sicer operated Chick¬enhaven Poultry Farm and Hatchery in Clark County, Ind. He was. a Record of Production breeder of Rhode Island Red chickens and achieved state and national recognition.
In 1942 Sicer joined the Cooperative Exten¬sion Service as a poul¬try specialist. With L.A. Wilhelm he created the Poultry School of the Air, which was broad¬cast throughout Indi¬ana. He received the National Poultry Sci¬ence Extension award in recognition of his efforts in its production.
Sicer also refined the Purdue Poultry Farm Record Program which was designed to devel¬op and maintain detailed production and financial records mak¬ing it possible to emphasize the prof-itability of poultry as an enterprise. He was instrumental in imple¬menting poultry exten¬sion activities on the Extension Train and played a major role in the development and production of two motion pictures about poultry and career opportunities in the industry. Sicer also was involved in 4-H judging programs and the poul¬try exhibit at the Indiana State Fair.
Sicer is a fellow of the Poultry Science Association and has received its award for meritorious service and accomplishment. He has received the Indi¬ana State Poultry Asso¬ciation Golden Egg Award for Distin¬guished Service and the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service Career Award. In addition, Sicer has held offices in the Indi¬ana State Poultry Asso¬ciation and the Indiana Record of Performance Poultry Breeders Asso¬ciation.
On the local level, Sicer has been active in the Rotary Clubs of Jef¬fersonville, Ind. and Lafayette, Ind. and St. John's Episcopal Church in Lafavette. Ind.