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AMSA Development Council

Mission and Goals

Our values are the same as our membership's: to make a real difference through high integrity meat science. Established in 2001 by the AMSA membership, the council's mission is to generate and allocate resources to support and enhance educational programs and the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in meat science. AMSA members desire to make it possible for the world to enjoy safe, affordable, abundant, nutritious meat that improves health and longevity and productivity. To help create this future, the AMSA Development Council has the vision to fund new and ongoing AMSA programs that recruit and develop students and young professionals and strengthen careers that help feed the world.

The Work of the Council

  • Develop and implement strategies through which the Council may solicit, receive and distribute contributions.
  • Allocate resources consistent with legal and regulatory requirements, the wishes of the donor, and the goals and objectives of AMSA.
  • Ensure prudent investment of contributions made to the Council.
  • Develop and maintain procedures for donor recognition.


Council Members

AMSA Mentorship Funds

Michael E. Dikeman, Ph.D.


Dr. Michael Dikeman has had a long and esteemed career in meat science at Kansas State University teaching, coaching meat judging teams, and conducting research that has had long lasting impact on students' subsequent careers and the livestock and meat industries. He has also been an outstanding member of AMSA, serving as Director and President as well as RMC chair. He also has truly been one of our most outstanding members of the American Meat Science Association. Among the list of ways one can serve and support AMSA, there are few that he hasn’t been an enthusiastic participant. In addition, Dr. Dikeman has trained numerous students who have gone on to make their own significant contributions to the meat and livestock industries, as well as AMSA. 

Continuing the Legacy

Expendable funds from this endowment will support the Program, Communication, and Outreach Fund. Gifts made to this fund will support existing programs such as the AMSA Reciprocal Meat Conference, PORK 101, SALUMI 101, educational webinars, fact sheets, consumer outreach, and the AMSA Internship program, as well as new programs developed in accordance with the Association mission.


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