Gregg Rentfrow, a graduate of the University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences, said his degree allowed him to marry practical knowledge with science.
“I learn better by doing, so the hands-on experiences I received in U of I laboratories and on the meats judging and meat evaluation teams helped me tremendously,” said Rentfrow, a University of Kentucky (UK) meat science assistant Extension professor.
Rentfrow said he believes his career is a calling.
“I work closely with Kentucky’s meat processors, livestock producers, and local food entrepreneurs, as well as collaborate with more than 120 county Extension offices throughout the Commonwealth and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture to promote the meat and livestock industries.”
In addition, Rentfrow teaches a meat science class, which covers everything from growth and development to hot dogs. He also oversees more than 600 youth participating in Kentucky’s 4-H Country Ham Project and 4-H Meats Judging Contest.
“The most rewarding aspect of my job is working with my undergraduate students and the 4-H youth throughout the Commonwealth,” he said. “It was once said that a good teacher teaches, but a great teacher inspires. I try to remember that philosophy when I work with UK’s students and Kentucky’s youth.”
Rentfrow also tries to pass on the same lessons and experiences he gained at the U of I to his students.