Jul 29, 2020

cropped-AWI-logoFSNS Logo 2018The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) announces Darrell Dowd as the 2020 AMSA Intercollegiate Meat Judging Meritorious Service Award winner. The Intercollegiate Meat Judging Meritorious Service Award was established in 1993 to recognize outstanding contributions or service to the Intercollegiate Meat Judging Program. This award is sponsored by the Food Safety Net Services and Agri-West International. Dowd will be honored on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. (CST), during the Virtual 66th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST) and the AMSA 73rd Reciprocal Meat Conference (RMC) awards presentation.

DarrellDowdDowd attended Oklahoma Panhandle State University where he received his B.S. (1983). Dowd currently resides in Brighton, Colo. Dowd began working as a ranch hand at two ranches in the Oklahoma Panhandle and Texas Panhandle before moving to Amarillo and going to work as a house grader for IBP, Inc. (now Tyson).

Throughout his career, Dowd has been dedicated to the meat industry. His outstanding dedication to both youth and intercollegiate meat judging programs as a representative of the USDA, but also through AMSA’s Meat Judging Program make him a great candidate for this recognition.

Dowd played football in college and was on the 1981 Live Animal Evaluation Team at Panhandle State University. Through the years of association with the beef industry and working for the USDA’s Grading Service, where he now works in the Standards and Specifications Division as an Agricultural Marketing Specialist. His career began as a grader in Pennsylvania at Moyer Packing before moving to Dallas at Supreme Beef. He then accepted a Supervisors position in Chicago before moving to the Cincinnati area where he supervised the entire Ohio Valley for five years before moving to the Denver, Colo., area as an Assistant National Supervisor, where he still lives.

His professional leadership and passion for this program, the success demonstrated by the individuals and teams is quite remarkable. However, the most important part of Dowd’s contribution has been to help students and coaches grow as young professionals. The love and respect that Dowd has received from current and former students stands as a testament for his work and dedication to the meat judging program.

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