Osage Beach, Mo.,—Adrianna Robinson (Annie), a senior at the University of Missouri High School, has been selected as one of the 2022 Missouri Pork Association Youth Pork Ambassadors. Her selection was announced during the 2022 Missouri Pork Expo on February 8 in Osage Beach.
Annie is the daughter of Eddie and Tammy Robinson of Wellsville. Annie has worked on the family farm, Robinson Livestock, as a farm manager, and has her own Berkshire herd. She is responsible for breeding and assisting with farrowing and farm management. Annie is a nursery attendant in her church, does some babysitting, and conducts soil sampling and other duties for the Stevens Farm.
She has held many offices with the Coon Creek Cronies 4-H Club, including president, treasurer and 4-H Council Representative. Annie attended the National FFA Convention in 2021 and is a youth representative on the administrative board of the First United Methodist Church Youth Group. She actively shows livestock as part of the Missouri Youth Show Pig Circuit, the National Junior Swine Association and local and state fairs.
Annie plans to attend the University of Missouri in Columbia to pursue a degree in Food Science with an emphasis in Meat Science. Upon graduation, she hopes to utilize her education with her farm background to help consumers understand the complete story behind their food and the farmers who raise it.
Throughout the next year, Annie will participate in various events in the pork industry. At the end of the program, she will receive a $1,000 scholarship, payable to a technical school, community college or four-year university.
Qualified applicants must be involved in the pork industry or the son/daughter of a parent or guardian involved in the pork industry, and between their senior year of high school and sophomore year of college as of January 1, 2022.
The Missouri Youth Pork Ambassador program combines a scholarship opportunity with the chance to actively participate in Missouri’s pork industry. It provides an opportunity for youth to develop strong relationships with both pork producers and allied industry members, while improving communication and leadership skills.
The Missouri Pork Association represents the state’s pork producers in the areas of promotion, research, education and public policy. For more information about this or any other programs of the Missouri Pork Association, go to www.mopork.com, or call the Missouri Pork Association office at (573) 445-8375.
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