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MADISON, WI

Jeff Sindelar, University of Wisconsin-Madison associate professor and UW-Extension meat specialist, received the 2016 Pound Extension Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Sindelar was recognized for his work with Wisconsin's meat industry, which is among the state's top five manufacturing industries in economic output. His work focuses on meat science, food safety and meat processing, including research and outreach in facilitating the efforts of meat manufacturers to meet consumer demand for alternatively-cured, clean label meat products.

'Jeff is considered one of the leading experts in meat science in the U.S. and is frequently asked to share his knowledge in Wisconsin as well as internationally,' said John Shutske, Associate Dean of Extension and Outreach and UW-Extension Program Co-Director. 'His signature outreach educational accomplishment is the Master Meat Crafter training program.'

The Master Meat Crafter program is the first of its kind in the nation. The two-year program for meat processors provides advanced training in food safety and meat processing principles. Since the inaugural class in 2012, sixty-two individuals have completed the program.

Shutske said, 'Jeff has generated $474,696 in support for his Extension program and collected over $270,000 from program revenue. His collective research efforts, as Principle Investigator or Co-Principle Investigator, have have garnered $1,169,953 in funding.'

One nominator said 'because of Jeff, UW-Madison is again recognized as a center of processed meat excellence. This nominator went on to describe Sindelar as 'an exceptionally talented and dedicated young faculty member.'

'Jeff is greatly respected and valued by his extension colleagues and industry for his work in helping to develop practical solutions to issues,' said Shutske. 'This award recognizes his dedication, energy and quality of service to the state.'

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