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  1. Vol. 7 No. 2, p. 41-42
    Published: April 13, 2017

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REGISTER NOW to Attend the Premier Meat Science Conference of the Summer


The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) 70th Reciprocal Meat Conference (RMC) will be held 18–21 June 2017 and hosted by Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. The RMC serves as the annual meeting for AMSA, the foremost association of meat science professionals.

The RMC features an interactive program tailored to bring attendees the very best and inspiring educational experience. The opening keynote speakers for the 2017 RMC include:

Monday Opening Keynote


Donnie Smith, Former Chief Executive Officer with Tyson Foods, Inc., will be the opening keynote speaker at the AMSA 70th RMC on Monday, 19. With Smith’s passion for leadership and his focus on feeding the world, he will engage RMC attendees as he discusses “Doing What’s Right” and the positive influence it can have not only on meat science and the meat industry, but also on positively affecting the lives of people around the world.

Throughout his 36-year career in the food business, Smith worked to learn every aspect of Tyson Foods’ business. He joined the company in 1980, working in poultry operations for seven years in Tennessee before moving to the company’s headquarters in Springdale, AR, where he started as a commodity buyer. He was named director of commodity purchasing in 1991 and during the next several years added complementary responsibilities to his management portfolio: logistics, purchasing, and information systems in 2006 and engineering, food safety and quality assurance, and environmental health and safety in 2007. Smith moved into the company’s consumer products division in 2008 and was named senior group vice president of poultry and prepared foods in early 2009; the same year he was appointed president and CEO.

Tuesday Keynote Speaker


Charlie Arnot, Chief Executive Officer with Center for Food Integrity, will kick off the AMSA 70th RMC on Tuesday, 20 June with his session on “Inside the Minds of Influencers—The Truth about Trust.” Arnot believes that trust may be the most valuable intangible asset. With it, he says, doors open and opportunities abound. Without it, skepticism reigns, slowing progress and undermining success. In this keynote address, Arnot will explore the challenges of building and maintaining trust and the role that consumer influencers play in this dynamic environment.

Charlie Arnot is recognized as a leader in food and agriculture. He is highly regarded as both a writer and a much sought-after speaker who engages audiences across the globe. Arnot has more than 25 years of experience working in communications, public relations, and issues management within the food system. His commitment to excellence, innovation, and integrity has positioned him as a trusted counselor to CEOs, government leaders, and executives as well as a respected industry adviser on critical issues within the food system. Clients and food and farm industry leaders seek his unique expertise in applying the peer-reviewed trust model developed in 2007 to help them build trust in their processes and products.

Pork Butcher (source: © 2010 Nina Stössinger, Den Haag, Netherlands).


For more information regarding the AMSA 70th RMC, please visit:

AMSA Announces the 2017 Pork 101 Course

The American Meat Science Association is excited to announce that the 2017 PORK 101 courses will be held 23–25 May at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX and 23–25 October at Iowa State University, in Ames, IA. PORK 101 is hosted by AMSA in cooperation with the National Pork Board and is sponsored by Merck Animal Health.

Attendees will experience firsthand the swine industry from live animal production through finished pork products. The course concludes with the attendees preparing and sampling products from pork carcasses including pumped loins, bacon, hams, and sausage.

These attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the value differences in swine, pork carcasses, pork primals and processed pork products from meat science faculty and AMSA members at each university.

PORK 101 is co-sponsored by the American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP), American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), North American Meat Institute Foundation (NAMIF), and the Southwest Meat Association (SMA). Registration for AMSA and other partnering organizations is $825. Non-member registration is $975.

For more information or questions regarding PORK 101, please visit: or contact Deidrea Mabry

Reciprocal Meat Conference 2016–2020

18–21 June—Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

24–27 June 2018—Kansas City, MO

23–26 June 2019—Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

2–7 Aug. 2020—RMC and ICoMST—Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida

2017 AMSA Calendar of Events

2–4 April—Meat Animal Evaluation Contest—Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

7–8 April—Southeastern Meat Judging Contest—Columbus, OH and Lexington, KY

23–25 May—PORK 101—Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

17 June—Risk of E. coli O157:H7 and Other STEC Workshop —Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

18–21 June—AMSA 2017 70th RMC—Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

23–25 October—PORK 101—Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Join AMSA Today and Save!

AMSA members receive discounts on registration fees for the AMSA Reciprocal Meat Conference, PORK 101, and many other AMSA co-sponsored short courses focusing on meat science and an invitation to attend the International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST). To see all of the AMSA member benefits and to join AMSA, please visit:



  • The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) fosters community and professional development among individuals who create and apply science to efficiently provide safe and high quality meat.

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