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Don Franco Distinguished Service Award

The Award

The Don Franco Distinguished Service Award is NRA’s highest honor and is presented to a member, staff, or friend of the National Renderers Association for outstanding contribution and service on behalf of the rendering industry.

This prestigious award is announced and presented at NRA Annual Convention in October. The winner will receive a plaque, a personal commendation from the Board of Directors and public recognition in Render magazine. A second plaque will hang in the NRA headquarters office recognizing each award recipient. The NRA Executive Committee will select the winner of the award. Since the award is designed to recognize Dr. Franco’s legacy of excellence, it will be presented when merited and not necessarily every year.


The Don Franco Distinguished Service Award recognizes truly outstanding work on behalf of the rendering industry in science, policy, marketing, or communications. Examples of important contributions that will be considered are described on the Don Franco Distinguished Service Award Nomination Form.

The Man and His Legacy

Dr. Don Franco, who passed away in early 2015, was a highly respected and influential leader as NRA Vice President for Scientific Services and President of the Animal Protein Producers Industry organization from 1992 to 2002. He was one of the editors of The Original Recyclers published by NRA in 1996 and as a contributing author to Essential Rendering in 2006. Prior to NRA, Don served as Director of Slaughter Operation for USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Services. He held a Masters of Public Health degree and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. The North American rendering industry benefits today from Dr. Franco’s work.

The deadline for 2018 nominations has closed. Please check back next spring for a 2019 nomination form.