Jerry Pardue is a 1972 graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics. Most of his professional career was spent in animal nutrition, feed formulation, and the economics of feeding. His last 19 years was spent representing Manna Pro Products throughout North and South Carolina during which time he spoke before many professional clubs and associations on various aspects of nutrition, wrote articles that appeared in various professional magazines and many breeder and livestock sports periodicals.