The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) announces that Jimmy Wise has been named the 2016 AMSA R. C. Pollock Award Winner. The R. C. Pollock Award is presented annually in honor of the first general manager of the National Live Stock and Meat Board. This award is sponsored by the AMSA Educational Foundation R. C. Pollock, Robert Bray and Vern Cahill Mentor Recognition Funds. Jimmy Wise will be honored at an Awards banquet during the AMSA 69th Reciprocal Meat Conference on Tuesday, June 21, in San Angelo, Texas.
Dr. Wise received his B.S. degree in 1967 from Oklahoma State University and in 1967 began graduate study at the University of Nebraska, receiving his M.S. degree in 1970 and his Ph.D. in 1977. Jimmy had a long career in academics and government in the meat industry. Academically, Jimmy was a professor at the University of Nebraska where he coached the meat judging team and co-coached the meat animal evaluation teat, taught carcass and live animal evaluation, slaughter and processing and general meat classes.
Jimmy moved from academics to government in 1978 when he joined the Meat Standardization Branch as a Meat Marketing Specialist of the Food Safety and Quality Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. His primary area of responsibility was beef carcass standards where he was instrumental in establishing and maintaining U.S. beef grading standards.
Jimmy’s retirement from USDA in 2005 was short lived as he joined the staff of the American Meat Science Association serving as the Meat Judging Program Coordinator and staff liaison to the Intercollegiate Meat Coaches Association. After 9 years of service to the AMSA and 44 years of being a part of the industry, Dr. Wise once again retired.
Dr. Wise is one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject of meat evaluation and grading. Through his role at USDA he served as an advisor to the industry and was an integral part of the research teams across the country. He is a true student and scholar of the history and research literature relative to grade standards. And, as the livestock industry pursued the “War on Fat” and “Value-Based Marketing,” he was an active and willing participant in endeavors designed to reduce the waste fat on cattle, sheep and swine.
During his career, Jimmy participated in approximately 240 Meat Judging contests. He coached the University of Nebraska to National Championships in 1967 and 1974. Since 1978 he has been on 61 committees (18 as chair), served as Grader at another 63 contests, and was the Contest Coordinator of 77 contests. He was a founding member of the Intercollegiate Meat Coaches Association and served as the President in 1975. Through Dr. Wise’s devoted service to meat judging, he has impacted thousands of individuals, countless meat industry employees and many leaders in our industry.