KEARNEY, MO. — The 75th American Meat Science Association (AMSA) Reciprocal Meat Conference (RMC) will honor recipients of the 2022 Achievement Award, including Kaitlyn Compart, director of scientific affairs for Smithfield Foods. Established in 1992, the award is designed to recognize and foster young professional AMSA members who have demonstrated significant skills and contributions to the animal products industry.

“We’re deeply proud of Kaitlyn’s recognition and of her contributions to our industry, which are furthering Smithfield’s commitments to innovation and continuous improvement,” said Sean Holmer, senior director of research and development for Smithfield. 

“The practical application of basic science to industry challenges has been a passion of mine and I am fortunate that I am able to apply my experiences in meat science and food safety to real-time solutions every day,” Compart said.

The RMA awards presentation, co-hosted by Iowa State University, Kemin Food Technologies, the National Pork Board and Hormel Foods Corp., will be held on June 14.

Other recipients include Amilton de Mello and Benjamin Bohrer.

“This year's Achievement award had an excellent pool of candidates. The awardees are highly deserving professionals who have demonstrated great innovation and leadership, resulting in a successful track record,” said Mahesh Nair, committee chair from Colorado State University. “We look forward to their outstanding contributions to the meat industry in years to come.”