Casey Frye


Sponsored by Cargill, Johnsonville Sausage Company, LLC & Elanco Animal Health


The AMSA Signal Service Award is presented to members in recognition of devoted service and lasting contributions to the meat industry and to the Association.  Casey B. Frye is an exemplary recipient for such an honor. Casey grew up on the University of Wyoming Livestock Farm where his father was the beef herdsman and ultimately its general manager.  During those years, Casey was exposed to all facets of livestock production.  Casey graduated from Chadron State College where he majored in biology, was student body president, co-founder and first president of the CSC Ag Club.

Casey went on earn a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska, and after the completion of his doctorate from Iowa State University he joined the meat science faculty at Kansas State University.  In 1991, he joined the Burke Marketing Corporation as Director of Research and Development where he has been since then.  Currently, Casey serves as Vice President, Research & Development for what is now Burke Corporation, a Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Hormel Foods.  There he oversees a staff of meat and food scientists and directs the company’s chemistry and microbiology laboratories.  During his tenure, Casey and his staff have developed hundreds of new meat toppings which have generated millions of dollars in new revenue for the company.  
Dr. Frye has written numerous peer-reviewed, extension and trade publications, contributed to two book chapters and has delivered a number of invited presentations related to processed meat technology.  He is also a collaborative associate professor at Iowa State University.  Casey has been a member of the American Meat Science Association for 33 years.  He has volunteered to serve on numerous committees, was on the Board of Directors for two years, and was the Treasurer for the AMSA and the AMSA Educational Foundation for nine years.

The energy and determination that Casey personified as a student persisted throughout his career and is reflected by his personal and professional achievements and generous volunteer efforts.  Casey has received many accolades.  And while he has received many, he has given more than he has received.  This can be seen in his ongoing dedication to the American Meat Science Association, but is exemplified by the initiation of the Casey and Tanja Frye Agricultural Scholarship at Chadron State College.

His personal accomplishments, his industry and academic service and his loyalty to the AMSA make Casey B. Frye an outstanding recipient of the AMSA Signal Service Award.  

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