ASU’s Ag Department to host 69th annual Reciprocal Meat Conference

The American Meat Science Association’s 69th annual Reciprocal Meat Conference will be held June 17-22 on the Angelo State University campus and other locations in San Angelo, hosted by the ASU Department of Agriculture. The Reciprocal Meat Conference serves annually as the AMSA’s annual meeting and is held on or near a university campus. The conference features an interactive program tailored to attendees. Attendees to the conference include meat science professionals in the academic, government and agricultural industry, as well as students in the meat and food science fields.

“ASU is the first smaller regional university ever to host the AMSA Reciprocal Meat Conference,” said Dr. Mike Salisbury, chair of the ASU Agriculture Department, in a release from the university. “This opportunity is a direct reflection on our quality meat science and other agriculture programs, as well as our excellent students and state-of-the-art facilities. Industry professionals and students from all over the country will get a firsthand look at our department, our campus and our community. It will also be a great learning and networking opportunity for our students interested in meat and food science careers.”

Student activities and contests will be June 17-19 and will include a processed meats judging contest on June 17; and an Iron Chef product development contest June 18 at the ASU Management, Instruction and Research Center. Students will participate in student research poster competitions and the undergraduate meat science quiz bowl competition June 19 in the Houston Harte University Center.

A opening general session will be held at 8 a.m. June 20 in the U.C. with keynote speakers Congressman Mike Conaway and David Rouzer. Conaway is the chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture. Rouzer is North Carolina’s representative for the 7th Congressional District and is the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture.

A great deal of the remainder of the conference will focus on informational, technical and business sessions for meat science professionals. There will also be a softball tournament, golf tournament, a country music concert, spouse and family tours of local and area attractions and an awards reception and banquet.

A full schedule for the conference and events is available at

For more information, call the ASU Department of Agriculture at 325-942-2027.