Dan Schaefer named an AMSA Fellow and 2018 signal service Award Winner

Jun 08, 2018

Dan Schaefer named an AMSA Fellow and 2018 signal service Award Winner

AMSA announces that Dan Schaefer has been named an AMSA Fellow and is a recipient of the 2018 AMSA Signal Service Award. The AMSA Signal Service Award was established in 1956 and is given to members in recognition of devoted service and lasting contributions to the meat industry and to the association. The Signal Service Award is sponsored by Cargill, Elanco Animal Health and Johnsonville, LLC. Dan Schaefer will be honored at a special awards banquet at the AMSA 71st Reciprocal Meat Conference on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Dan Schaefer was raised on a diversified crop and livestock farm in north central Iowa. He attended Iowa State University (ISU) for his B.S. in Ag Economics and was active in the intercollegiate meat judging team and Block & Bridle club. He also obtained his M.S. degree from ISU and was able to serve as an assistant coach for the meat judging team during his master’s program.

After completing his master’s degree, Dan joined the Cargill Research & Development group in 1993 as a food scientist focused on fresh beef applications. In this role, Dan has been involved in developing lean recovery systems for capturing value out of traditional by-product streams. He was instrumental in the development and widespread acceptance of advanced meat recovery systems, even dating back to 1994 when the initial petition was filed with the USDA. Likewise, Dan was instrumental in developing Cargill’s finely textured beef/low temperature rendering process and has been awarded numerous patents associated with that area of processing. More importantly, Dan has devoted numerous hours educating suppliers and customers on the merits and functional properties of lean recovery products. Dan’s food safety leadership has steered the team to work on the development of an elimination strategy for beef pathogens. He has also served on the beef leadership team for the Cargill Beef business unit assisting in the development of both short-term and long-term goals for the business.

Dan Schaefer has served AMSA in a variety of ways and on various committees, most recently on the Board of Directors and as RMC Chairman. He has certainly displayed devoted service and lasting contribution to the meat industry and AMSA. Through his research and process development efforts, Dan has transformed traditional by-product streams into a value-option to reduce formulation costs while enhancing overall industry efficiency.

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