February 23, 2016

AMSA to host 2016 Student Leadership Conference


February 22, 2016 – The annual American Meat Science Association (AMSA) Student Leadership Conference hosted by the AMSA Student Board of Directors will take place March 11-12 on the Kansas State University Olathe campus in Olathe, KS. This year’s conference will focus on effective communications.

The directors, leadership committee, and AMSA staff have worked to create training and a program that will help prepare students for their future. The conference will include extensive workshops on written communication, radio broadcasting, and social media. Additionally, a panel of industry professionals will answer questions about communicating with potential employers.

The conference will also provide an excellent opportunity to visit local Kansas City businesses. The first tour option is Bichelmeyer Meats, a Kansas City tradition since 1946. This family-owned business is a custom processing plant and also features a retail counter. The second tour option is UltraSource, LLC., which provides equipment and industrial supplies for the food industry. Their main campus features a manufacturing facility and a fully equipped test kitchen and pilot plant. The manufacturing facility is used to produce vacuum packaging, tray sealing, labeling equipment, and smokehouses. Their pilot plant is used as a resource for product development, as well as a classroom to demonstrate the latest technology in manufacturing equipment. Both will provide you with a deep look into current businesses.

Alongside all the communication training and industry tours there will be ample time for networking. The best BBQ in Kansas City will be served Friday night during an information session with Smithfield Foods, Inc. Also, be sure to come with plenty of sleep, you don’t want to become the next student member to be hypnotized at the student mixer!

Register online by February 25th to save money! Additional information on the program, registration and lodging can be found online:

If you are interested in additional information or sponsoring the AMSA Student Leadership Conference, please contact Deidrea Mabry at 800-517-2672.