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DR. JOHN FORREST HONORED BY AMSA WITH THE 2020 R.C. POLLOCK AWARD

Jul 31, 2020

DevelopmentCouncilThe American Meat Science Association (AMSA) announces that Dr. John Forrest has been named the 2020 AMSA R.C. Pollock Award winner. The R.C. Pollock Award is presented annually in honor of the first general manager of the National Live Stock and Meat Board. This award is sponsored by the AMSA Development Council R.C. Pollock, Robert Bray, and Vern Cahill Mentor Recognition Funds. Dr. Forrest 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.

forrestRaised on a farm in Larned, Kansas, Dr. John Forrest began his education with a B.S. and M.S. from Kansas State University in 1960 and 1962 respectively, and a Ph. D. from University of Wisconsin in 1966. After a short stint at the University of Minnesota, Forrest joined the faculty at Purdue University in 1967 and served there until his retirement in 2002.

Forrest had teaching, research, and extension responsibilities at Purdue. His research involved fresh meat quality, electronic methods for determination of carcass composition, product-based price discovery systems for pork and beef carcasses, and processing techniques to reduce fat in meat products while maintaining palatability. Forrest was a visionary researcher. His research led to the development and scientific testing of electronic meat/carcass grading systems. These systems provided a rapid, non-bias means for carcass procurement that paid the producer for the delivery of lean muscle and allowed for the formation of a standardized price reporting system that is still in use today. Forrest also laid the groundwork for the vision grading systems that are used by most major beef plants. His research was years ahead of its time and has had lasting contributions.

Forrest has been recognized by many professional organizations for his contributions including the American Meat Science Association's Signal Service Award (1998) and Distinguished Extension - Industry Service Award (1983), American Society of Animal Science's Meat Research Award (1997), Indiana Farm Bureau's Hovde Award of Excellence in Educational Service to Rural People of Indiana (1994), and USDA's Distinguished Service Award for Scientific Research (1992). He is the co-author of the undergraduate textbook, Principles of Meat Science, (Kendall/Hunt Publishing), has over 85 research publications, and has given 30 invited lectures in Germany, Korea, Mexico, Brazil, Poland, Denmark, the Netherlands, and China.

It was, however, the students that made John Forrest tick. He took personal joy and satisfaction in seeing students he had instructed, mentored, and nurtured go on to make significant differences in the meat and food industry around the world. He introduced meat science courses to over 2700 undergraduates and served as the major professor for 16 graduate students including those from five foreign countries. He traveled with and taught a Spring Break Animal Industry Travel course to various regions of the United States. Forrest developed and led an "Exploring International Animal Agriculture" course that took students abroad to China and Poland. He also personally hosted many international study abroad students.

Dr. Forrest is the loving husband to wife Beverley, the proud father of two sons, David and Timothy, and devoted grandfather to three grandsons Greg, Joe, and Ryan. John Forrest is truly a humble and silent leader who provided extraordinary contributions to the meat science industry.

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