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AMSA Sustaining Partner Highlight ~ Developing Industry Leaders and Cultivating Relationships

Nov 19, 2015

AMSA Sustaining Partner Highlight ~ Developing Industry Leaders and Cultivating Relationships

For more than 50 years, the AMSA has relied on support from partners to maintain its ability to provide community and professional development programs and opportunities for individuals in the field of meat science. AMSA's Sustaining Partners program acknowledges the organizations and institutions that provide extraordinary financial and logistical contributions for the products and services offered by the association. Today, we would like to recognize Tyson Foods, Inc., for its enthusiastic support of not only AMSA but also AMSA's student and youth development program through the meat judging program, meat evaluation program, product development program, and ePoster competition held during AMSA's Reciprocal Meat Conference.

Tyson Foods, with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world's largest food companies. It's a recognized market leader in chicken, beef and pork as well as prepared foods. Tyson produces approximately 1 out of every 5 pounds of chicken, beef, and pork in the United States #1 or #2 brands in 13 core categories such as fresh chicken, breakfast sausage, and corn dogs.

The company supplies retail and foodservice customers throughout the United States and approximately 130 countries. Tyson Foods was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson, whose family has continued to lead the business with his son, Don Tyson, guiding the company for many years and grandson, John H. Tyson, serving as the current chairman of the board of directors. The company currently has approximately 113,000 Team Members employed at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world with more than 2,400 team members dedicated to developing, improving, and monitoring Tyson's food safety and quality policies and procedures.

Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.

Tyson Foods is one of the leading supporters of U.S. farm families, paying more than $15 billion in fiscal 2013 alone to independent farmers who supply them with livestock and poultry. Since 2000, Tyson Foods has also given more than 100 million pounds of its products to hunger and disaster relief in the United States - altogether enough protein to have served one meal to every American citizen. Tyson has donated millions of dollars in cash to help non-profit organizations across the country. Tyson initiated the KNOW Hunger campaign in early 2011 to raise awareness of hunger in the United States. After the Joplin, Missouri, tornado of 2011, Tyson sent 77,000 pounds of food to the city.

"The partnership between Tyson Foods, Inc. and the AMSA has been tremendous. Supporting programs such as Meat Judging and the many facets of RMC has given our Team Members the ability to stay very involved in the AMSA. The Tyson intern program has been a means to help cultivate and develop future talent within the AMSA student membership and has also played a large role in helping fill our talent pipeline. For me personally, being involved as Advisor to the Student Board, Student Leadership Conference Host Committee Chair and an active participant on the RMC Planning Committee for several years has given me the opportunity to serve the AMSA. Working for a company that encourages, promotes and supports AMSA involvement has given myself and my fellow Tyson Team Members the chance to give back to the organization that affords the field of Meat Science so much."

-Amy Steward, Principle Scientist

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