AMSA Announces Symposium Speakers on More Than Just Meat

Jul 12, 2021

AMSA Announces Symposium Speakers on More Than Just Meat

HormelThe American Meat Science Association (AMSA) is pleased to announce, Dr. Kim Omniski, Ms. Anna Wilkinson and Dr. Clint Rusk will be the featured speakers in the symposium entitled “More than Just Meat” on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 during the 74th AMSA Reciprocal Meat Conference (RMC) hybrid meeting. This session will be sponsored by Hormel Food Corporation.

(Kim) OMINSKIDr. Kim Omniski, Professor of Animal Science and Associate Head at the University of Manitoba, will kick off this technical session with an overview of “Utilization of By-Products and Food Waste in Livestock Production Systems: A Canadian Perspective.” Food waste produced across the supply chain poses negative environmental, social, and economic consequences. However, livestock can play a key role in using food waste and by-products by converting low-value materials into high-quality products. She will also discuss challenges regarding utilization of food waste include regulatory restrictions, safety concerns, and logistics associated with collection, transport, and handling. By addressing these challenges we can ensure improved stability and resiliency of food supply chains, which will be increasingly threatened by global political unrest and climate change.

Anna WilkinsonDirector of Communications for the North American Renderers Association, Ms. Anna Wilkinson, will continue with a talk titled “(Silently) Sustainable: The Sometimes Surprising, Always Impactful Ways Rendering‘s Sustainability Supports Livestock Beyond Food.”  Rendering has long been a quiet practice, always going on in the background in the meat and livestock industries yet rarely in the limelight; but rendering is a secret sustainability superhero. In this session Ms. Wilkinson will discuss the ways rendering supports all three pillars of sustainability (Environmental, Social, Economic), and how the process is essentially “recycling” or “upcycling” for the parts of the meat animal we choose not to eat.

Clint RuskDr. Clint Rusk, Head of the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at Oklahoma State University will round out this session discussing how “Participation in Livestock Programs Develops Life Skills in Youth.” Regardless of whether the youth is a member of 4-H, FFA or simply raising animals on their family’s farm or ranch, the valuable skills developed from raising animal projects are numerous. During this talk Dr. Rusk will describe the development of life skills associated with raising and showing animal projects in 4-H and FFA, as well as the development of life skills that have been attributed to participation in judging teams offered through 4-H, FFA and universities.

AMSA is an organization recognized for its unmatched competence and commitment to attracting and developing meat industry leaders and providing science-based meat research and information. For more information, please visit www.meatscience.org/rmc or contact Deidrea Mabry 1-800-517-AMSA ext. 12.

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