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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

Paul Berg, Ph.D.

Dr. Paul Berg, his work through teaching, extension, research, and service represents an extraordinary and lasting contribution to the meat industry.  Dr. Berg epitomizes the values and the mission of the American Meat Science Association. Dr. Berg has been a member of AMSA and parent associations for decades.  Most impressively, Paul has served as an official committee member 64 times at AMSA sanctioned judging contest in addition to serving as an official committee member for the National Meat Animal Evaluation contest 34 times.  Dr. Berg’s impact on thousands of students that attended North Dakota State University and thousands more that participated in intercollegiate meat judging and the meat animal evaluation contest has been profound.  For his unmatched efforts in intercollegiate meat judging, Paul was recognized by AMSA with the Meritorious Service Award for Intercollegiate Meat Judging in 2007.  Additionally, in 2009 he was honored by AMSA with the Signal Service award and was named as a Fellow of the American Meat Science Association.  Dr. Berg is also an emeriti member of AMSA, and he continues to regularly attend RMC and contributes greatly to Intercollegiate Meat Judging.  Dr. Berg further served AMSA as a co-host for the 2012 RMC hosted in Fargo, where he introduced the membership to NDSU’s BBQ Bootcamp legacy.

Continuing the Legacy

 The funds from this mentorship will go toward the Meat Judging program, which fosters future leaders, researchers and communicators by equipping them with skills needed to make positive contributions in industry, academia and government. Gifts to the meat judging fund will be used for costs associated with the contests, awards, AMSA Meat Judging Internship Program and other activities associated with meat judging.


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