The Missouri Youth Pork Ambassador Program is designed to provide youth with an opportunity to become actively involved in the pork industry. The 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 main goal of the Youth Pork Ambassador is to promote the Missouri Pork Association and the pork industry at various events. The successful candidate will gain valuable experience and develop relationships that will last a lifetime. The Ambassador will also receive a $1,000 scholarship, payable to a technical school, community college or 4-year University at the end of the program.
For 2018, the Missouri Pork Association selected three youth for the program: Tayler Cope from Martinsburg, Katelyn Robinson from Wellsville and Ryan Siegel from Otterville.
Tayler Cope, a senior at Community R-VI High School, has been selected as one of the 2018 Missouri Pork Association Youth Pork Ambassadors. Her selection was announced during the 2018 Missouri Pork Expo on February 6 in Columbia.
Tayler is the daughter of Aaron and Mandy Cope of Martinsburg. She currently works at Mid-Missouri Truck & Trailer Parts, LLC and Steinman Banquet Hall, both in Mexico, Missouri. She is also part of Cope Kids Show Pigs and shows at the local and state fairs—she is involved in all aspects of the family operation including breeding, nutrition and choosing genetic lines.
At school, Tayler is actively involved in many organizations including the Future Teachers Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, FBLA, Softball, Basketball and National Honor Society. She is currently Treasurer of her FFA chapter and has received the Chapter Degree, Chapter Star Farmer Award and Swine Production Proficiency Award in Entrepreneurship for Area V. Tayler is co-president of the Merry Martins 4-H and a member of the MPA Youth Show Pig Circuit. She received the Jeff Rudasill Swine Ambassador Award at the Audrain County 4-H Fair in 2015.
After graduation, Tayler will attend the University of Missouri in Columbia where she plans to major in animal science or animal medicine.
Katelyn Robinson, a senior at the University of Missouri High School, has been selected as one of the 2018 Missouri Pork Association Youth Pork Ambassadors. Her selection was announced during the 2018 Missouri Pork Expo on February 6 in Columbia.
Katelyn is the daughter of Eddie and Tammy Robinson of Wellsville. She is currently employed part time at her church as a nursery attendant. She also works on the family farm where she is responsible for cleaning and bedding pens, moving pigs, and helping with farrowing. She is currently learning and excelling with her Duroc herd.
During the summer, Katelyn is responsible for taking care of show pigs, including feeding, walking, washing, grooming and keeping up with their overall health. Katelyn and her family enjoy showing together.
Katelyn is a member of the Coon Creek Cronies 4-H Club, and was president from 2016-2017. She has been involved in the MPA Youth Show Pig Circuit and has shown at the Missouri State Fair, receiving the Champion 4-H Duroc Gilt in 2017. She is also a member of the National Junior Swine Association, where she was Champion in the Intermediate Skill-a-thon and received 9th Overall Bred and Owned Duroc Gilt at the World Pork Expo, both in 2017.
She is a member of the University of Missouri High School Math Club and was a 2017 Missouri Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Essay Winner.
After graduation, Katelyn will attend the University of Missouri in Columbia where she plans to major in animal science with a concentration in either swine genetics or feed nutrition.
Ryan Siegel, a senior at Otterville R-VI High School, has been selected as one of the 2018 Missouri Pork Association Youth Pork Ambassadors. His selection was announced during the 2018 Missouri Pork Expo on February 6 in Columbia.
Ryan is the son of Tim and Virginia Siegel of Otterville. He currently works for Siegel Dairy Farm as a farm technician. Ryan’s family raises dairy cattle and hogs. He is also an educator for the Missouri Farmer’s Care Agricultural Education on the Move program.
He is currently president of not only his local FFA Chapter, but also the Area VIII FFA Association. Ryan is also the North Central Region Vice President of the Future Business Leaders of America’s national organization. In this position, he oversees activities in eight states while working directly with state boards to grow and improve the North Central Region of FBLA. He has also participated in competitive FBLA events, and received 1st place in Missouri’s Social Media Campaign Event.
Ryan is also involved in Quiz Bowl, Track and Field, Drama, Band and Choir.
After graduation, Ryan will attend the University of Missouri in Columbia where he plans to major in plant science with an emphasis in breeding, biology and biotechnology. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree, he hopes to attend grad school earning a master’s, then doctorate, degree in sustainable agriculture and genetics.