Youthful Move

Missouri Pork Association adds ambassador program for young swine enthusiasts.

The Missouri Pork Association has launched a new youth program to help promote youth involvement in the swine industry. The Missouri Youth Pork Ambassador program is one that combines a scholarship opportunity with the chance to participate in Missouri's pork industry.

The Ambassador will receive a $1,000 scholarship, payable to a technical school, community college or a four-year university, as well as many opportunities to increase their knowledge of the pork industry.

The Missouri Youth Pork Ambassador Program will help youth develop strong relationships with both pork producers and allied industry members. It is an opportunity to learn about pork production and the industry and to improve communication and leadership skills.

The Ambassador will promote the Missouri Pork Association and the pork industry at various events. He or she will also be given the opportunity to job shadow professionals in the pork industry. Applicants must be a senior in high school up to a sophomore in college as of Jan. 1 of the year they will begin the program.

Applications and letters of recommendation are due Dec. 15. Visit and click on the tab, "youth_youthporkambassador" for complete details and an application. You may also contact Diane Slater, director of communications for MPA, at 573-445-8375.

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