McMillin Receives National Meat Science Award

Linda Benedict, McMillin, Kenneth W.  |  8/31/2009 11:04:34 PM

Ken McMillin, professor of animal sciences and food science at the LSU AgCenter and at LSU, has been awarded the 2009 American Meat Science Association Signal Service Award. This award recognizes members for devoted service and lasting contributions to the meat industry.

McMillin is only the second recipient from Louisiana to receive this award, which is the association’s oldest award, having been established in 1956. The other LSU recipient was J.B. Francioni Jr., now deceased. Francioni Hall on the LSU campus, where animal sciences professors and labs are housed, was named in his honor.

McMillin holds degrees from Purdue University and Iowa State University and is a former Fulbright Senior Specialist to Stellenbosch University, Western Cape, South Africa. He is known for developing a live animal selection classification system and carcass evaluation guides for the meat goat industry. He led the development of the Institutional Meat Purchase Specifications for fresh goat in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service and Southern University.

Linda Foster Benedict

(This article was published in the summer 2009 issue of Louisiana Agriculture.)

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