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Throughout his career, Dr. Steve Larsen has applied innovative leadership and technical expertise on critical issues facing the meat industry, including pork safety, pork quality, international market requirements, and new technologies. His proficiency concerning issues affecting foreign and domestic food, agricultural technical trade barriers, market access, and food safety and quality is both extensive and unmatched. Dr. Larsen has established a reputation for his consummate ability to manage multifaceted projects, resources, issues, and constraints through complex pre- and post-harvest pork safety, quality, and nutrition initiatives, while ensuring the highest results. Dr. Larsen received his B.S. in Animal Science from Iowa State University in 1998, followed by his M.S. in Meat Science, also from Iowa State, in 2000. Upon completion of his M.S., Dr.
Larsen enrolled in Iowa State’s Ph.D. in Veterinary Microbiology program, from which he graduated in 2004 with a minor in business administration. During his time as a Ph.D. student, Dr. Larsen worked for the National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa, where he designed and implemented experiments on infectious diseases in swine, with a particular emphasis on Salmonella. After earning his Ph.D., Dr. Larsen accepted a food technologist position at Tyson Foods, Inc., where he conducted research on various packaging technologies to extend product shelf-life and identified new technologies and ingredients to both extend shelf-life and improve food safety. In 2006, Dr. Larsen began his tenure at the National Pork Board (NPB), where he was recently promoted to assistant vice president of science and technology. His responsibilities also include providing oversight to, and leadership of, the organization’s Pork Safety, Quality and Human Nutrition Committee and technical working groups, as well as delivering vital and relevant information to producers, veterinarians, and consumers. In this capacity, Dr. Larsen represents more than 60,000 pork producers at various industry, government, and academic engagements. Additionally, he frequently educates producers on matters including biosecurity, product withdrawal times, the Pork Quality Assurance® Plus (PQA Plus®) program, and research pertaining to the marketing of safe and nutrition pork. Dr. Larsen is a member of more than 25 meat, food, governmental, and agriculture organizations and working groups. Since 1999, Dr. Larsen has been a member of AMSA and has served the association in various leadership capacities, including a member of the Board of Directors from 2013-2015, and in his current role as an AMSA Foundation Board of Trustees Member—a position which he has held since 2015.